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Simple Solutions for all Vaginal Problems
Itching of inflammation of the vagina and vulva, abnormal vaginal discharge, and pain during intercourse are the most frequent problems affecting the female genital area. Such symptoms are usually a sign of a bacterial or yeast infection. Several home remedies and other self-help measures can help prevent or relieve these conditions.
The vagina is normally kept free from infection by natural colorless secretions that keep the lining moist and produce a slightly acidic environment, which prevents excessive growth of any of the normal population of microorganisms. Any alteration to these conditions – for example, following a course of antibiotics – can cause an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, a yeast like fungus. Symptoms include itching, tenderness, soreness, soreness and a thick white discharge.
These conditions can be prevented by washing the genital area regularly and gently pat drying with a clean towel. In order to prevent these conditions, one should also avoid hot baths and showers and should not bath longer than 15 minutes. One should also not use scented soaps, bubble bath or bath additives. Use of feminine deodorants or douches at the vaginal area also triggers such conditions. As far as possible use only cotton underwear and stockings rather than pantyhose.
Avoid pants that are very tight. Also avoid enzyme-containing laundry detergents. After using the toilet, always wipe from the front to back to prevent the transfer of intestinal organisms to you vagina. Use lubricating jelly or cream before intercourse to avoid discomfort. Consider having your partner wear a condom. This will help prevent the transmission of infecting bacteria and other organisms. Change tampons every three to four hours.
To soothe irritation, sit in a shallow bath that contains a cup of herbal tea made from a combination of chamomile, chickweed, uva ursi, marigold and thyme, or bathe the area with a solution of hazel. Relieve itching by bathing the genital area with chickweed tea, which has a gentle anti-inflammatory effect. Improve your immunity to vaginal infections by drinking a daily cup of tea (or a few drops of tincture in half of water) made from thyme, Echinacea and cleavers, and by taking a goldenseal supplement. The hormone–balancing herbs black cohosh and dong quai may also be beneficial.