1. GENTLE CLEANSING IN THE RIGHT AREAS
The vagina itself is a self-regulating system that must maintain a pH level around 3.8 to 4.5. That is why internal douching is NOT a good idea and can often do more harm than good. However, the exterior area of the vulva where hair follicles grow can be maintained by washing with warm water and a gentle, unscented, pH-balanced soap.
2. COTTON UNDERWEAR
Let it breathe down there! Wearing breathable underwear made of cotton can help to reduce sweating around the groin. A lot of women’s underwear is made of synthetic fabrics that hold heat. Unlike cotton, they do not have the ability to absorb moisture, which means that the sweat stays on your skin. However, if you choose synthetic undies, at a minimum, make sure there is a cotton gusset.
3. AT THE GYM
Not only should you change out of your gym clothes right away, but it is also important to change your underwear after the gym. Spending the day in wet underwear can give yeast the opportunity to grow, and promote the growth of odor-causing bacteria in the area.
4. PUBIC HAIR
Public hair serves the purpose of protecting the skin against friction, abrasions and bacteria; however, in the case of vaginal odor it can sometimes cause problems. Trimming pubic hair can help reduce the amount of sweat produced by the area.
5. PADS & PANTY LINERS
Avoid using menstrual pads or panty liners for vaginal discharge if possible as most of them are made with non-breathable materials. Just like with synthetic underwear, this can result in sweat production.