A vaginal discharge may be accompanied by burning, itching and pain from a vaginal infection caused by either a bacterial, fungal or parasitic condition, in and around the vaginal area.
Types of vaginal infections include yeast infections and vaginitis.
Whatever the infection, vaginal discharge usually occurs. There may be other symptoms such as pain during intercourse, redness and irritation in the vaginal area, foul or fishy odor, swelling in the vaginal area and burning while urinating.
There may also be an abnormal vaginal discharge that resembles cottage cheese and is originally white, but turns yellow when it’s exposed to air. Estrogen levels during the menstrual cycle usually determine the color and amount of discharge that occurs.
Other causes for vaginal discharge may be hormonal imbalance, irritants from spermicidal sponges, tampons, condoms, douches, fragrances and more. Certain STDs may also cause vaginal discharge – and Trichomoniasis (Trich), a sexually transmitted infection (such as gonorrhea) may be the culprit.
Fortunately, there are natural methods that can help get rid of a vaginal discharge and most target the rebalancing of the flora in the vagina. Some may contain Lactobacillus – the healthy bacteria – and may also contain herbal ingredients.
There are natural remedies in the form of suppositories, oral tablets and gel creams. They can be found in natural health stores.
Here are some natural remedies you may want to consider if you’re bothered by vaginal discharge:
- Yogurt – Plain yogurt can restore the pH balance of the vagina and soothe irritation that often accompanies an infection. A tampon (without applicator) can be dipped in yogurt and inserted in the vagina, and repeated for several nights.
- Coconut Oil – A natural topical antibacterial that’s been used in India for centuries. Dip a non-applicator tampon in coconut oil that’s been warmed and insert into the vagina, repeating for several nights in a row.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil – Medically approved in Italy to treat yeast infections that may cause discharge. Add about 10 drops of tea tree oil to a bath or container and soak the pelvic area. Repeat the routine for 4 to 5 nights.
- Olive Oil – Use this oil just as you would tea tree essential oil.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Mix a tablespoon of vinegar and a quart of water and wash the vaginal area to restore the vagina’s pH balance.
You can also protect the vagina from becoming out of balance and causing vaginal discharge by taking some preventative measures such as adhering to a healthy diet plan with plenty of fruits, vegetables and grain. Also, drink lots of water and avoid foods with high yeast and sugar content.
Maintain good hygiene habits for a healthy vagina. That means you should keep your vagina clean, wash hands frequently and take a tea tree oil bath a couple of times per week. Avoid sharing soap and towels with other family members. Wear dry and loose underwear and pants and wear cotton rather than synthetic fabrics.
Natural remedies for a vaginal discharge are inexpensive and readily available and there are many techniques to choose from.