The Dreaded Body Odor
Have you ever waited in line to use a public restroom? Of course you have! Do you remember the woman who just came out? Of course you do! Sometimes there is an awful odor left in the stall but the odor isn’t one of a bowel movement but of bad hygiene care. Let’s face it….the odds are that the average woman isn’t even aware of the scent that she has left behind. The odds are even smaller that no other being will tell her of the odor that she possesses because it is an uncomfortable topic of conversation.
Bad Hygiene Practices That Could Cause You to Have Bad Odors
1.) Using tissue. Have you ever tried to wipe a baby with a dry wipe or even perhaps tissue paper because you have run out of wet wipes? The result of the attempted cleaning is always a failure and leaves tissue paper and fecal matter in places that it just shouldn’t be.
Now let’s use this same scenario for a woman who goes to the restroom. The woman uses dry tissue after relieving herself. She thinks that she has cleansed herself to the best of her ability but that is not the case. Remember the baby scenario? Well, this is exactly what happens to the woman. Dry tissue, dry feces, and dry urine are left in crevices and cause an odor that is not very appealing.
2.) No odor protection. If you have hair in your vaginal area and even if you don’t, you still have sweat glands. Just as your arms secrete sweat and cause a “musty” odor, the vaginal area does the same. We all know that if you don’t use deodorant under the arm area that you will be “musty” and people will not want to be around you. Especially if you are physically active or do lots of strenuous work. You have to make sure that you are protected from odor at all times. So why not treat your vaginal area in the same manner? Very rarely do you leave the house without deodorant under your arms, so don’t be so quick to leave home without adding the same protection “down there.”
3.) Wiping in the wrong direction. Every woman knows that “mother” always said to wipe from front to back, or at least she should have. Wiping from front to back means that you take your cleansing item and reach around back and reach all the way up to your vaginal area. NEVER start at your rectal area and then go up to your vaginal area because you will regret that later. Sometimes we get in a rush and don’t give the vaginal area the proper cleansing. This can lead to fecal matter being deposited in the vaginal area leaving a not so pleasant odor. Wiping from back to front may not seem like a big deal but when you are faced with a yeast infection it will become just that. The fiery burn and itch that can come from a yeast infection is the result of the bad bacteria taking over the good bacteria. The contribution from the fecal matter upsets the “good bacteria” environment and reaps havoc. Now you are left wondering what the yeast infection is a result of. Perhaps wearing the wrong kind of panties (cotton is the best material), wearing your pants to tight (not enough air circulation), or maybe that “big” incident of unprotected sex (please protect yourself and your vaginal area at all times, no matter how nice the other person may seem).
Solutions to Bad Hygiene and Vaginal Odors
1.) Always use a wet wipe to cleanse yourself after using the restroom. No matter where you are or what you may have to use, always use wet material or you will be left with a bad odor. Using “baby wipes” is a good way to avoid odor but let’s face it, they are just too expensive for the little amount that comes in the package. Another great alternative is to use paper towels. Bounty paper towels, the thick kind, are great for wetting and wiping. Bounty paper towels can even be used as an alternative to baby wipes for babies. What you will need to do is tear off a paper towel and wet it. Squeeze out excess water and then wipe yourself clean. Just for good measure and comfort, go ahead and pat dry with a dry paper towel. Remember….always wipe from front to back.
What to Do When You Are in a Public Restroom.
Just in case you are ever out in public and don’t have a wet wipe with you, there is still another solution. Remember the paper towel dispensers in the public bathrooms? Use those to your advantage. Before entering a bathroom stall, just stop by the dispenser and get 2 paper towels (one wet and one dry). Then proceed to follow the steps provided above.
2.) Use an odor protector. Many people will think that this refers to using feminine deodorant spray that is recommended for the vaginal area. I have used these types of products and the end result of such use has always been a vaginal yeast infection. The fragrance in the sprays agitates the vaginal area and does more harm than good (on top of that they really don’t smell all that well). I would recommend that you use your deodorant (two uses for the price of one). Just spread the deodorant where the hair is and you will be good to go.
3.) Avoid wiping in the wrong direction. The wrong direction would be wiping only from the front. After urinating, many people may be tempted to just wipe the vaginal area. In the process, you may accidentally introduce fecal matter into the vaginal area. Always wipe from front to back. Take the little extra time to reach around to the rectal area and proceed up to the vaginal area. Never wipe the rectal area before the vaginal area. Just a little extra effort can keep you odor free.
Every woman wants to be fresh and clean but relying on others to tell you when you don’t smell very good isn’t worth the thought. Just take the extra time to clean yourself well and you will always feel your best.