Diet, health, and other factors can affect the natural fragrance, which should still not smell foul. It's neither safe nor healthy to attempt to eliminate the vagina's scent. In fact, doing so can lead to infections that cause an unpleasant odor.
It's normal for your vagina to have a slight odor, but a very strong smell may signal a problem. Vaginal odor is any odor that comes from the vagina. An abnormally strong odor is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as burning, itchingdischargeor irritation.
Unusual vaginal odor happens from time to time. Intercourse may change the smell temporarily. Your vagina cleanses itself naturally.
Vaginal odor may vary throughout your menstrual cycle and may be especially noticeable right after having sex. Normal sweating also can cause a vaginal odor. Though it may be tempting to douche or use a vaginal deodorant to decrease vaginal odor, these products may actually increase irritation and other vaginal symptoms. Bacterial vaginosis — an overgrowth of normally occurring vaginal bacteria — is the most common vaginal infection that causes a vaginal odor.
As women, we grow to learn what is normal and healthy for our bodies. The same is true when it comes to our natural feminine odor. Our noses can be the best detectives in identifying whether everything is ok, or whether there may be a problem.
Plus, the vagina cleans itselfso no! That said, there are certain things that can change your vagina's odor. The vagina is healthy in this acidic state and can keep the less favorable bacteria, which can lead to bad odors, in check, she says.
A slight vaginal odor is normal. The strongest amount of dischargewhich can have an odor, is usually mid-cycle. Vaginal odor may be stronger after intercourse.
There are a lot of things that can change the scent of your lady parts. They can be musky, earthy, sweet, salty, and the list goes on. Every woman is different, and your scent is uniquely yours.
And it seems to us like all that flowery sunshine is another example of the world getting vaginas all wrong. Just take a quick trip to your local drugstore. Like douching.