It is like taboo to talk about even in liberal cultures, but females have problems that can occur with their reproductive and sexual organs that can be unhealthy and even socially stigmatizing. Some girls are horrified if a pad or tampon leaks and it is pointed out by peers, especially males. Yeast infections probably occur at least once in most women, but they are not going to advertise that it is happening. There are many over-the-counter and herbal remedies that are available to treat mild yeast infections and normal discharges that naturally occur from time to time. Crystal X and azole medications and other creams, ointments and suppositories are used. Treatment depends on the condition and the severity.
For example, a very mild yeast proliferation may be treated systemically by eating yogurt for a few days. If it gets worse, then one of the popular OTC azole drugs may be necessary. A lot of the so-called “female problems” are fortunately mild, acute and very treatable. Others may be chronic or even life-threatening. Some symptoms may be indicative of a much more serious situation going on. Heavy and prolonged periods may lead to cellular hyperplasia of the endometrium that could be cancerous. You just do not know until you get an examination and testing done first. This is why OTC products used to treat vaginal yeast infections advise that you see a doctor the first time. Then you can use good judgment in treating another yeast infection that occurs later on. However, if they are happening more than for just rare explainable occurrences, then there is something that needs to be corrected. A high sugar diet, uncontrolled diabetes, antibiotics and other things can cause them.
Vaginal odor is caused by bacteria. It is a good idea to get the bacteria and the source of it identified. Constant exposure to some things can lead to more serious illnesses later on. Treating an acute problem makes sense. However, it also makes sense to root out the cause and correct it too.