This is one of the questions we have probably all thought at some point.
Every vagina has its own unique smell that errs more on the side of “this is an actual human body part” than rose petals, strawberries and sweets.
Regardless of what intimate hygiene propaganda might have you believe, above mentioned fragrances have no business near your private parts.
So, what should a vagina smell like?
Generally speaking, the vagina typically smells like mildly fermented milk or musk, but there is also an array of other factors that will
determined/alternate the smell like your menstrual cycle phase, exercising, diet, sex…
What kind of odour should I watch out for?
An overpowering unpleasant (fishy) smell, burning sensation and itchiness may all be the indicators that the vaginal environment has been disturbed
and that there is more bad than good bacteria around, leaving space for very common culprit like bacterial vaginosis.
Luckily, BV is easily cleared up with antibiotics and other products.
There are, of course, other bacteria and inflammations that can cause bad odour, so do visit your gynaecologist if you notice the change in the smell.
Tips for a healthier vagina:
- practice good hygiene (avoid scented products when washing your vulva as they can irritate the vagina)
- wear loose-fitting, comfortable cotton underwear
- regular exercise
- keep track of your discharge
- change out of your sweaty workout clothes and wet swimsuit as soon as possible
Did you know that certain products can change the acidity level of the microflora responsible for your vaginal odour?
For example, citrusy fruits like oranges and other fruits like pineapple can make the smell and taste of vaginal fluids sweeter.