Peeps answered Wednesday November 11 2009, 7:21 am: First, you must realize that you will always have some sort of odor. It is natural for females to have a bit of an odor down there because your body is constantly cleansing itself. If the odor has recently changed then it could be a sign of a bacterial infection--something only a doctor can determine and supply medication for.
The best way to wash your vagina is with clean, clear, soapless water.
Typically girls will take some soap and clean the sides of that area where your thigh meets the pubic region, but they have to be very careful not to get the soap into the vagina.
If you get soap in your vagina you can end up with a nasty yeast infection, which will take some treatments to get rid of, and possibly a visit to the doctor.
So, my normal routine is this:
Wash body off with body wash.
Take washcloth and soap it up again.
Lightly "scrub" where my thighs meet my pubic region, staying clear away from the slit where the vagina is.
Rinse off area thoroughly with clean water.
After rinsing off all of the soap, rinse the slit and vagina with water. Do not try to "fill" your vagina up with water or anything--just wash it off like you had soap on it and were trying to rinse the soap off.
Take clean wet washcloth (no soap at all on it) and wash off the inner portions of the slit in case anything is trapped in a little fold or anything.
So, in short:
Use water and no soap for the actual vagina or you'll end up very unhappy.
In addition, never douche. Douching is very, very bad for your body no matter what the packaging says for it. It clears out too much of the good bacteria and most women end up with very bad infections sooner or later.
Mackenzie answered Tuesday May 24 2005, 2:25 pm: Bathe daily; use lots of soap and wateR, and change youR undeRweaR *quite fRequently. And having youR.. pubic haiR... Really *does make a diffeRence. Also, you could puRchase "Vagisil" oR "Equate" feminine wipes to help with odoR and itch... Best of luck to you!! Hopefull this has been of at least SOME help!! =D [ Mackenzie's advice column | Ask Mackenzie A Question ]
elena answered Friday May 6 2005, 7:25 pm: like alot of other ppl are saying soap isnt to good for it, normaly you should take a bath so that it'll soak and stuff because a shower can not really clean you as well. [ elena's advice column | Ask elena A Question ]
CertainShadeOfGreen answered Wednesday April 20 2005, 6:33 pm: You really aren't supposed to wash it.. Just use water- soap can cause bigger problems and besides, discharge is a natural cleaner- thats why using a douche or other feminine cleaning products will only throw you off balance. Water is all you need- guys will soon realize that girls have their own scent (not a bad one) and if they can't deal, then they're too immature to be down there in the first place.
dreamingkat answered Friday April 15 2005, 5:29 pm: I will add my voice to those discouraging the use of douches. They upset the natural balance of the vagina and can mask problems. In most cases, plain water is all you need - swish the water around the external parts of your vulva (the hole is the vagina, the area around it is the vulva). If for some reason your are excessively oily or have just been rolling naked in mud and must use soap, use plain soap - ivory or unscented dove are good choices - not fancy bodywashes or scented soaps. You should separate the both sets of labia (lips), and may wish to pull back the hood of the clitoris while rinsing off the area. You should not put soap of any kinda into your vagina; it is way too alkaline and will cause hard to notice damage that makes the vagina very susceptible to infection.
If your vagina is producing discharge and either a yeast/bread like smell, then you have a yeast infection. If possible, check with a doctor to confirm you first self-diagnosis. Yeast infections can be cured with over the counter suppositories. They can be prevented by reducing sugar intake and eating yogurt. Many women get yeast infections right before or right after periods.
If your vagina has a strong odor of fish, you probably have a bacterial infection. A good tip off is when the fishy smell gets stronger immediately *after* you wash the area with soap (remember, if you use a scented soap it'll be much harder to tell and will increase irritation in the area). You will need to go to the gynecologist to confirm this and get medication.
If you are prone to vaginal infection or irritation, make sure you wear cotton underwear and either loose fitting clothing or clothing made of natural fibers (cotton or silk, not polyester or nylon) so that air can circulate around the area.
grape answered Friday April 15 2005, 7:01 am: WELL I WOULD SAY AT LIKE A DRUG STORE probably like at cvs or something and its this item called douche' or something so maybe you can look on the back of that and see but from right now i just dont know but check that item out ok hope i helped plz rate and leave me another question [ grape's advice column | Ask grape A Question ]
blondebtqueen answered Thursday April 14 2005, 8:03 pm: the thing is most doctors recomend not using the feminine products to make yourself smell better down there. The best thing is to just use water and make sure you shower daily. I wouldn't advise using soap because that could end up giving you a rash. If it was safe then none of us would have to use lube when we have sex, we could just use liquid soap. But it really bad for you. (I read this in cosmopolitian i'm not making it up) plus the smell doesn't bother most guys if thats why you're asking.
xGLiTtErEdxEyEsx answered Thursday April 14 2005, 3:04 pm: there is a pr0duct called. Summer's Eve. there is a gel that y0u use in the sh0wer..(Feminine Wash) t0 clean it 0uit in the sh0wer. and als0 there is a d0uche.. that is called Summer's Eve.. and it cleans y0u 0ut.. like especially after y0ur peri0d is a g0od time t0 d0 that and after y0u have sex!! ♥aMbS [ xGLiTtErEdxEyEsx's advice column | Ask xGLiTtErEdxEyEsx A Question ]
SiLenTxfAiRy answered Wednesday April 13 2005, 4:28 pm: wash it.. soap and water..
there are some products you can buy in the stores.. but in all actuality its not that bad - guys dont notice..
hailebop answered Wednesday April 13 2005, 12:08 pm: Your vagina is actually self-cleansing. It actually keeps a very delicate balance to keep itself clean and healthy, so its best to just let it do its thing, and just wash the outside gently, using water and non-fragrance soap. You shouldn't use anything scented near your vagina, even if you are tempted to because of the vagina's natural smell, as the chemicals might upset your bodies natural balance and cause irritation or an infection. Don't be tempted to douche, either - this is horrendously bad for you.
Also, don't worry about the way your vagina smells. The vagina has a natural scent, but it's not something you should worry about. As long as you are keeping the area clean the smell won't be noticeable. All the best. [ hailebop's advice column | Ask hailebop A Question ]
S_C answered Wednesday April 13 2005, 2:10 am: Well first of all, it's a self-ceaning machine ha ha. That's the whole point of that gross crap discharge that we get.
But the whole smelly thing. I used deoderized panty-liners and deoderized pads and stuff.
You don't have to douch or anything, but when you take showers and stuff you can wash that area to.
Hope I helped
<3 always, Kate [ S_C's advice column | Ask S_C A Question ]
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