Vaginal Hygiene - Dr. Sharmila Majumdar, Sexologist & Psychoanalyst
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Vaginal Hygiene and Vaginal Infections

vaginal hygiene

One reason that a woman might have continuous mucus is poor vaginal hygiene. There are certain products, cloths, and behaviors (hygiene practices) that may cause a vaginal irritation and a continuous or patchy type of pasty/sticky or cloudy type of mucus. The mucus might also appear creamy like a white hand lotion.

Proper vaginal hygiene might prevent or eliminate some of these vaginal type discharges. Proper vaginal hygiene includes avoiding behaviors and products that may cause vaginal irritations.

Women should realize that the vagina is a self-cleansing structure and that there is no need to douche. Cleaning the vaginal area with mild soap and water is all that is necessary. Products that might irritate the vagina (and that should be avoided) are scented toilet tissue, bath oils, fabric softeners that go in the drier, and scented tampon products. Talcum powder, vaginal deodorants, and bubble baths should also be avoided. Women should try to use cotton undergarments (rather than synthetics), because cotton absorbs moisture rather than trapping it. Tight jeans, nylon tights and tight pants can trap or increase perspiration and set up an environment for vaginal/vulval irritations.

How a woman manages her menstrual discharge is also important. Again she should avoid using scented tampons. Use of the least absorbent tampon for the amount of bleeding is encouraged. Women should not use tampons when the menstrual flow is very light. This practice might overly dry the vaginal area, damage the normal good bacteria and cause a rebound irritation and discharge. Use of tampons on light and very light days also might confuse the ability to detect cervical mucus. Tampons should not be left in for long periods of time and should be changed often.

Vaginal Infections

Vaginal infections may also be a source of continuous vaginal mucus secretions. If a woman observes symptoms of a foul-smelling, yellow/green, frothy mucus and/or intense vaginal itching she might suspect a vaginal infection and seek appropriate treatment. Any vaginal discharge from the vagina that is unusual in amount or odor, or causes symptoms of itching or burning should be reported. If not treated, vaginal infections could transmit to the cervix and cause a cervicitis, which in itself would cause a cervical secretion. Overuse of antibiotics can cause vaginal infections by destroying the normal vaginal bacteria.

Dr. Sharmila Majumdar

Make an Appointment at the Sexual & Mental Health Clinic, Avis Hospital, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.

Dr. Sharmila Majumdar is the First Female Sexologist in India, who specializes in Female & Male Sexual Dysfunction & Mental Health. Her professional experience comprises of National and International Consultations, co-authoring a Medical Handbook on “Male Infertility and Andrology”, Journal Publications, Presentations as a guest faculty at National & International Conferences on Sexology, Endocrinology, Gynecology & Psychology. She is also a Guest lecturer in several medical colleges in India. Dr. Sharmila Majumdar has also won an award for the best Presentation in Female Sexual Dysfunction in the National Conference of Sexology in 2008. She is also a columnist in leading local newspapers. She is a guest editor and a contributor in several medical portals and magazines. Dr. Sharmila Majumdar has rich experience of 11 years in the area of Sexual & Mental Health. She has successfully treated hundreds of patients globally. Her primary motto is optimal Sexual & Mental Health in Men and Women. She is up-to-date with the latest advancement in the emerging field of Sexual & Mental Health for the well-being of her patients. She strongly believes in the right to Physical, Sexual and Mental wellness. DR. SHARMILA MAJUMDAR IS AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION AT AVIS HOSPITAL, SEXUAL & MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC, HYDERABAD – 500033, TELENGANA, INDIA

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