My pri­vate part has an odour My

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lease share some use­ful in­for­ma­tion about male Con­tra­cep­tive. What does it mean?

Kabir H

Con­tra­cep­tive is nor­mally aimed at help­ing women pre­vent un­wanted preg­nancy. Not much has been done in the past to de­velop prod­ucts that men can use for preg­nancy preven­tion. How­ever, ef­forts are geared to­wards hav­ing a pill or in­jec­tion for men.

Be­low are some of the op­tions.

1. Con­doms are the most com­mon form of male con­tra­cep­tive. If con­dom is used cor­rectly, reg­u­larly and con­sis­tency, it has over 90% chance of pre­vent­ing preg­nancy.

2. A va­sec­tomy is typ­i­cally an in-pa­tient sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure that pre­vents sperm from trav­el­ing out of the testes. The pro­ce­dure pro­vides a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion for pro­tec­tion against preg­nancy. A va­sec­tomy is about 99 per­cent ef­fec­tive as a form of con­tra­cep­tive.

3. Male Con­tra­cep­tive Pill. A male con­tra­cep­tive pill isn’t avail­able on the mar­ket yet, but it’s in the works. The pill would con­tain a dose of testos­terone and taken con­sis­tently will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce sperm count as long as the pill is taken con­sis­tently.

4. Testos­terone-Based In­jec­tions. Not yet in the mar­ket. Con­tra­cep­tive in­jec­tions are also be­ing tested. Test re­sults show that the shots suc­cess­fully lower sperm count in par­tic­i­pants.

hubby in­di­rectly told me that my pri­vate part has an of­fen­sive smell which al­ways puts him off. I am de­pressed and to­tally dev­as­tated, please en­lighten me about this prob­lem?

Wor­ried lady

It is nor­mal that the vagina has a cer­tain odour some­times. Whether this nat­u­ral smell is neu­tral or not, it is a mat­ter of per­sonal judg­ment. In fact, some women no­tice their odour when there is no no­table odour de­tected by their part­ners. How­ever, if the odour changes and be­comes strongly un­pleas­ant (re­pug­nant fishy vagi­nal odour), this change de­serves at­ten­tion be­cause it is per­haps a sign of a vagi­nal in­fec­tion. Left un­treated, this con­di­tion may cause not only phys­i­o­logic prob­lems but also emo­tional stress and so­cial prob­lems (the per­son feels un­com­fort­able think­ing the odour is de­tected by oth­ers).

The vagi­nal flora con­sists of a large num­ber of mi­croaerophilic bac­te­ria. Among them, lac­to­bacilli are con­sid­ered the prin­ci­pal ones for their role in pro­tect­ing the vagina. These mi­cro-or­gan­isms are pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for pro­tec­tive acid­ity of the vagina. Wash­ing the vagina too of­ten in­creases its pH, which dis­rupts the vagi­nal flora and can cause vagi­nal in­fec­tions and par­tic­u­larly un­pleas­ant odours .

If the vagi­nal flora is dis­rupted, path­o­genic bac­te­ria pro­lif­er­ate, re­sult­ing in bac­te­rial vagi­nosis. Be­sides ex­ces­sive wash­ing, douch­ing, tight clothes and cer­tain chem­i­cals (scented body washes, an­tibac­te­rial soap, etc) can cause vagi­nal in­fec­tion or yeast in­fec­tion. For­eign bod­ies in vagina can pro­voke vagi­nal odour and other ma­jor health is­sues. Vagi­nal and anal in­ter­course al­ter­na­tion dur­ing the same ses­sion can cause vagi­nal in­fec­tion re­sult­ing in vagi­nal odour.

In­fec­tions that cause the odour are:

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1. Bac­te­rial Vagi­nosis 2. Chlamy­dia 3. Gen­i­tal Her­pes 4. Gon­or­rhea 5. Pelvic In­flam­ma­tory Dis­ease

6. Yeast In­fec­tion

Some tips to ad­dress vagi­nal odour:

1. Wear­ing clean tam­pons and chang­ing them reg­u­larly.

2. Avoid douch­ing, it is not nec­es­sary; it can dam­age or de­stroy the nor­mal acid­ity of the vagina re­sult­ing in vagi­nal prob­lems (wash­ing with chem­i­cals).

3. If one suf­fers from any type of vagi­nal in­fec­tion, it is rec­om­mended to avoid wear­ing tight un­der­wear.

4. Wear­ing cot­ton panties is also im­por­tant.

5. For some women, af­ter in­ter­course, it is im­por­tant to go and uri­nate. Uri­na­tion af­ter sex helps to re­move any pos­si­ble bac­te­ria that may be out­side or in­side the vagi­nal canal that would go up in the ure­thra. Uri­na­tion causes a cleans­ing ef­fect, forc­ing the mi­crobes out­side.

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