Vaginal discomfort

What does normal discharge look like?

Clear, transparent, or whitish discharge is normal from the beginning of your cycle through ovulation. From the middle to the end of your cycle discharge becomes creamier, a result of progesterone release. When you’re on the pill, your discharge is creamy all the time. Discharge is normal and serves as a kind of natural cleansing of your vagina.

Is your discharge different than usual?

Discharge that is different than usual can be caused by a shift in the natural balance and an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast.
Clumpy white discharge usually indicates a yeast infection. Since fungi like warm, dark, moist environments, anything that makes your intimate zone sweaty can bring one on.
Grey discharge accompanied by a fishy odor and burning sensation could indicate bacterial vaginosis (BV). If you suspect you have a vaginal infection, visit your doctor or gynecologist.

How can you tell if the itching you’re experiencing is something more serious and needs a doctor’s attention?

Any symptoms that are persistent (last more than a few days or come back with regularity), or itching that is accompanied by burning, inflammation, or discharge means it’s worth a visit to the doctor. Other red flags to look out for include pain during sex, changes to the outer skin of your vagina, or painful urination. These could be signs of a sexually transmitted disease.

What can you do if you suffer from a dry intimate zone?

This may be due to a change in hormones as a consequence of menstruation, menopause, or because of a weakened resistance.
If sex is not as enjoyable as you would like, a lubricant or lubricated condom may be helpful. Never use saliva to moisten your vagina, because saliva has a different pH and the bacteria from your mouth might impair your vagina’s natural protection. Lactacyd Pharma Moisturizing has a balanced pH and contains moisturizing ingredients to bring extra hydration to your intimate zone. If you feel that your problems are more tricky, just ask your doctor or gynecologist for advice.

What should you do if you experience irritation?

Is your intimate zone red or slightly swollen? Do you suffer from itching? Then you may have a vaginal irritation, for which there may be a number of causes. You may have washed your intimate zone with ordinary soap or shower gel. Irritation can also occur via contact with residual urine or feces. The use of scented toilet paper or wearing synthetic underwear (e.g. thongs), tight jeans, and pantyhose can also cause irritation to your intimate zone.
Lactacyd Pharma Soothing has a balanced pH (3.5) and contains endogenous lactic acid as well as soothing blue daisy extract. It helps to restore and protect the natural balance of your intimate zone. If you suspect you have a vaginal infection, see your doctor or gynecologist.

Does exercise affect the balance of your intimate zone?

Working out without showering afterward or leaving a damp bathing suit on for hours can make you more prone to irritation. Therefore, it is recommended that you wash your gym gear and shower after exercising, and use a balanced intimate washing product like Lactacyd to feel fresh and protected.

How can antibiotics affect your intimate zone?

Antibiotics can also trigger infections because they kill off the good bacteria in your vagina that keep yeast and other bad bacteria at bay; take a probiotic to help combat this.

Does semen affect the pH balance of your intimate zone?

Yes, semen can affect the pH of your vagina. Your intimate zone has a pH of between 3.8 and 4.5. The pH of semen is somewhat higher, averaging 7.0. Your body can usually contend with it, but if you have a sensitive intimate zone or a weakened immune system it can upset the natural balance. It is recommend that you use the bathroom after intercourse – peeing after sex helps to prevent urinary tract infections and it washes away leftover sperm.
Lactacyd Moist wipes immediately give you a nice fresh feeling, while reinforcing the natural balance of your intimate zone.

My feminine odor is fishy, especially after sex or just after my period. Is this normal?

No, it is not normal to have a fishy odor. An unpleasant or fishy odor is a symptom of a vaginal infection. You should see your doctor or gynecologist.

Should I use a special detergent for my undergarments?

Sometimes an allergy can develop to one or more ingredients in a laundry detergent and your undergarments (and other laundered clothes) may cause itching and/or irritation. If this happens, you might want to try a dye- and fragrance-free detergent. Another possible cause for discomfort and itching may be incomplete rinsing of laundry detergent out of your clothes or undergarments.

Can I use Lactacyd feminine washes to cure a vaginal infection?

Lactacyd intimate washes will not cure an infection. Test results show that these feminine hygiene products can be used in combination with treatment of vaginal infection1. Lactacyd Soothing products can soothe and calm vaginal discomfort.

If I experience feminine discomfort, should I use a special cleanser?

If you experience discomfort, a mild cleanser such as Lactacyd Soothing may help you feel more comfortable than will cleansing with a harsher cleanser or soap. A harsher cleanser or soap may dry the skin of the vulvar area and actually cause discomfort. Lactacyd products have a balanced pH and contain lactic acid, which respects the natural acidity of your intimate zone.

What is the best way to get rid of odor associated with vaginal infection or overgrowth of bacteria?

Feminine odor is entirely normal and many women experience it. However, every woman has some degree of vaginal discharge, which may have a distinct odor. To feel fresher, it’s important to have a good intimate hygiene routine. Lactacyd products have a balanced pH and contain lactic acid, which respects the natural pH balance of your intimate zone. Lactacyd Fresh contains active anti-odor ingredients and provides you with long-lasting freshness.

What is bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

The vagina normally contains many different types of bacteria. Some of these bacteria are ‘friendly’ but others are potentially harmful – there is a delicate balance between the two types. The healthy vagina is slightly acidic (pH 3.8–4.5) and these acid levels keep the harmful bacteria under control.
Bacterial vaginosis (also known as BV) is a condition that arises when there is an imbalance between these types of bacteria and an overgrowth of the harmful bacteria associated with an increase in pH as the vagina becomes less acidic. BV is the most common cause of vaginal discharge and affects up to 1 in 3 women, including up to 20% of pregnant women³.

 

³ https://www.gezondheid.be/index.cfm?fuseaction=art&art_id=1483

How will I know if I have bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

BV typically causes a watery, grey-white vaginal discharge that has an unpleasant (fishy) smell. Many women with BV mistakenly think they have a yeast infection and use treatments for yeast infection, which will not help with BV.
Yeast infections are fungal infections that also cause a white vaginal discharge that is not malodorous; yeast infections also usually cause itching. Ask your pharmacist for advice on which treatments are most suitable for you. If you have a yellow, green, or brownish discharge, vaginal bleeding, or pain, you should speak to your doctor or visit a gynecologist. If you are pregnant, speak to your doctor or gynecologist.

What causes bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

The cause of BV is still something of a mystery but it is not a sexually transmitted infection and is not caused by poor personal hygiene. BV may be made worse by some things, such as bubble baths, regular shower gels, or douching. It is thought these may alter the acid levels in the vagina and upset the balance between the friendly and harmful bacteria, so avoiding these might help.

How is bacterial vaginosis (BV) treated?

BV is often treated with antibiotic tablets, gels, or creams. However, in many women BV is a recurrent condition despite treatment.

What is a vaginal yeast infection?

Yeast is a fungus, naturally present in the vagina. Normally, the amount of yeast is small. A yeast infection is when an abnormal amount of yeast cell builds up in the vagina. Although the infection is common and easy to treat, it can be very uncomfortable.

What is a vaginal yeast infection caused by?

The vagina contains bacteria that regulate the amount of yeast. If the amount of these bacteria is affected and an imbalance occurs, an excess of these yeast cells will grow.
Common causes of bacterial imbalance include taking antibiotics, a change in estrogen levels due to pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy, diseases such as diabetes and HIV, or if you are taking birth control, menstruating, or allow sperm to enter the vagina during sex. Women who are pregnant or have experienced menopause are also more likely to get yeast infections.

What are the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?

Most women experience vaginal itching, soreness, a burning sensation during urination or sex, and a thick, white, clumpy, odorless discharge.

If I experience feminine discomfort, should I use a special cleanser?

If you have feminine discomfort, a mild cleanser such as one of the Lactacyd product range may help you feel more comfortable than will cleansing with a harsher cleanser or soap. A harsher cleanser or soap may dry the skin of the vulvar area and actually cause discomfort. Lactacyd products are very mild and specifically developed for the sensitive skin of your intimate zone.

What is a vaginal douche and should I douche to feel clean and fresh?

The term douche refers to a device used to introduce a stream of liquid into the vagina for hygienic purposes. The liquid is typically either water or a combination of water and antiseptic chemicals.
Because the vagina cleanses itself, there is no need to insert douches or similar products into the vagina for cleansing. Many doctors and health professionals feel very strongly opposed to douching. They claim that the process is dangerous because it interferes with the natural cleansing of the vagina and the balance of its bacterial cultures. The interference can often lead to irritation, mostly in the form of a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis (BV). You can feel clean and fresh by using a mild cleanser, such as one of Lactacyd products with a special formulation that protects you against odors and vaginal discomfort, to wash the external (vulvar) area. You can also use Lactacyd Wipes while at work, outdoors, during and after exercise, and so on.