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5 Ways to Quickly Relieve Vaginal Discomfort

When you’re experiencing vaginal itch or discomfort, the first thing on your mind is how to relieve it — fast. This video will show you five ways to quickly reduce vaginal discomfort.

You know the feeling. It’s that itch that you really want to scratch — but can’t. Vaginal itch affects millions of women. And while not every woman’s symptoms are the same or triggered by the same cause, there are ways to relieve and even control the itch.

Here are five things to try.

1. Change your detergent.

That mountain fresh laundry detergent of yours may smell good, but it may also be triggering vaginal itch. Detergents, fabric softeners, and other laundry products often contain harsh, irritating chemicals. These chemicals include phenols, brighteners, and potentially irritating fragrances. If you think your detergent is to blame, try another brand or product. Natural, additive-free detergents can clean your clothes just as well without the added physical irritation.

2. Eat more nuts and less sugar.

It’s 3 p.m., and the afternoon snack attack strikes again. Do you reach for the last donut in the conference room, or go for a handful of almonds instead? You know what’s better for you, but reaching for the almonds could also help prevent vaginal discomfort. Nuts are rich in oils, fatty acids, and essential vitamins. These nutrients may help with the effects of vaginal dryness. Refined sugars, on the other hand, have been shown to increase the likelihood of yeast infections.

3. Apply plain yogurt with honey.

We know: Thinking about a breakfast staple as a vaginal itch relief remedy may seem odd, even unappealing. But there’s some limited scientific evidence behind it. Yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, a healthy bacteria found naturally in the body, including the vagina. And honey has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal remedy. Applying this bacterium directly on the irritated area along with this sweet nectar can be soothing, and may be just as effective as using a vaginal cream. Make sure to use plain, unsweetened yogurt to avoid any possible irritation.

4. Ask about creams, ointments, and medications.

Having occasional vaginal discomfort isn’t something you should be too worried about. But if your discomfort is constant or starts taking over your day, it may be time to schedule a talk with your doctor or gynecologist. They will evaluate your symptoms and may suggest medications. Over-the-counter feminine-itch relief and estrogen creams can help, as well as antifungal ointments and oral medications. Of course, talk to your doctor or gynecologist to find out which remedy is best for your symptoms.

5. Measure your pH levels.

When you think of pH levels, the first thing that may come to mind is a swimming pool. But besides measuring the acidity of pool water, pH levels are also used to measure a vagina’s acidity level. A pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. The lower the number, the more acidic it is. The prime vagina pH is around 3.5 to 4.5, meaning there’s just the right amount of good bacteria. Anything above or below these levels can trigger a yeast infection, itchiness, or general discomfort. You can buy an at-home pH test or ask your doctor for a pH assessment to see if your levels are abnormal.

There you have it, five ways to find relief whenever that pestering itch appears. Because while most women experience vaginal discomfort at some point during their lives, it shouldn’t interrupt your daily life.

Sources:

NCBI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1986759/, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4803919/

Wiley Online Library: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1177/0884217503253439/abstract;jsessionid=53751B12B3F32B5071C5B68BB30862D2.f03t03?systemMessage=Wiley+Online+Library+will+be+unavailable+on+Saturday+3rd+September+2016+at+08.30+BST%2F+03%3A30+EDT%2F+15%3A30+SGT+for+5+hours+and+Sunday+4th+September+at+10%3A00+BST%2F+05%3A00+EST%2F+17%3A00+SGT+for+1+hour++for+essential+maintenance.+Apologies+for+the+inconvenience

NHS: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/vagina-health/Pages/keep-vagina-clean.aspx

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