Vaginal Infection : Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

Vaginal discharge, is a vital function of the female reproductive system, is the fluid secreted by the glands in the vagina that helps to remove dead cells, bacteria and other impurities by the cervix.

Vaginal discharge keeps the vagina clean and protects from infections. But when the vaginal discharge becomes yellowish white in colour with thick consistency and foul smell, it is not normal and is caused by an infection.

Vaginal infection may be caused due to change in the balance of bacteria present in the vagina that leads to change in colour, smell and texture.  The balance may be altered due to many reasons like sexually transmitted disease, bacterial vaginosis, diabetes, cervical cancer, unprotected and indiscriminate sex with more than one partner and due to few medicines like birth control pills, antibiotics or steroids.

There may be an inflammation of the vulva associated with intense itching in and around the vagina. The pain may become intense during urination with burning sensation and during sexual intercourse.

Guava leaves

Vaginal Infection home remedies

Below are the effective vaginal infection home remedies for vaginal discharge.

Neem Water

Add neem leaves to a bowl of boiling water and boil them for three minutes. Turn off the heat and when the water cools down, strain it. Douch the vagina with the water three or four times a day.

Neem will destroy the harmful bacteria and restores the bacterial balance in the vagina. This also reduces swelling and itching sensation thereby reducing the pain and gives you relief.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar also destroys harmful bacteria and fungi without harming the good bacteria in the body. For that take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix it in lukewarm water.

Wash your vagina with this solution three to four times in a day. Apple cider vinegar restores pH balance on the skin in and around the vagina and removes the infection. You will also get rid of itching and burning.

Maintain good hygiene

It is vital to keep vagina clean always and mainly after having sex. Clean your vagina using cold water frequently after urinating. This will get rid of any harmful fungus and bacteria.

Wash your vagina with a very mild soap and warm water each time after sexual intercourse to wash away any microbes or any possible infection from your partner.

Coriander Leaves

Coriander leaves are very fragrant and are known for their medicinal values. They are known for their potent antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties and also rich source of minerals and vitamins.

Soak some coriander leaves in a glass of water and leave them overnight. Strain the water and consume them on empty stomach next morning. Also you can add chopped coriander leaves in all your dishes.

Guava leaves

Guava leaves have many medicinal uses. They are rich in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can combat infections effectively and quickly. Boil four crushed guava leaves in a glass of water for three to four minutes. Filter the decoction and consume it three times daily.

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