Have you felt uncomfortable because of the smell in your crotch? You are not alone. It is normal due to the apocrine sweat glands in this area. The breakdown of sebum by bacteria produces a characteristic odor, which can intensify during menstruation.

Causes and management of vulvar odor

Aside from sweat glands, factors such as incontinence, ejaculate residue, and skin problems can influence odor. Certain creams and ointments can also leave a residual odor. Therefore, proper cleaning is crucial, especially in cases of urinary or fecal incontinence, to avoid skin lesions and maintain freshness.

Additionally, other factors that can influence bad odor in your vulva are disposable menstrual pads and tampons. Disposable pads contain plastic, fragrances, chemicals and bleaches that, when combined with menstrual blood, can create bad odors. These chemicals and fragrances can alter the natural balance of vaginal flora and contribute to the development of infections, irritations and allergies.

In the case of tampons, by absorbing natural vaginal fluid, they can cause dryness in the vaginal walls and an imbalance in the natural flora, which can also contribute to the appearance of bad odors and increase the risk of infections.

A great alternative to eliminate the possibility of bad odors and have good menstrual hygiene are period panties. At Luna Roja we offer menstrual panties that are designed to prevent unpleasant odors. We use antimicrobial and high-tech fabrics that neutralize odors and maintain a fresh and dry environment, offering you comfort and peace of mind throughout the day.

What parts of the vulva should be washed?

It is essential to know which parts NOT to wash. The vaginal opening is a mucous membrane that does not need additional cleaning. Avoid cleansing products on the labia minora. On the other hand, areas such as the groin, labia majora, mons pubis and around the anus should be washed carefully.

Water vs soaps and cleaners: Proper choice

Although there are no concrete studies on specific products for the vulva, we know that the skin of the labia minora is delicate. Water may not be enough to remove sebum and feces, but very strong or fragranced products can cause irritation. Consider using mild soaps or cleansers designed to maintain pH balance.

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Ingredients in intimate hygiene products

Pay attention to ingredients such as glycerin, parabens, chlorhexidine gluconate and polyquaternium. Some may be irritants or endocrine disruptors. Prefer products without fragrances and those with adequate pH to avoid alterations in the vaginal flora.

Intimate wipes: Why avoid them?

Intimate wipes can be irritating and contain potential allergens. Opt for gentler and safer alternatives for your skin.

In summary, careful cleansing and conscious use of intimate hygiene products are key to maintaining good vaginal health and avoiding problems such as irritation and imbalances in the natural flora.

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