Vaginal Odor: It’s Possible Causes and Simple Home Remedies

  • Wear cotton underwear to give the vagina breathing space.
  • Seek medical attention if the smell is stronger and persistent.
  • Avoid chemical products such as vaginal showers and cleaning wipes as they may alter it's normal PH.

Does your vagina stink? Or worse: Has anyone ever told you that your vagina smells? Whatever the case, relax, because it’s not strange all. However, there may be something wrong if your vagina has a different odor than usual, and it may only be serving as an alert to you. Your vagina may stink because of various reasons. Well, you may have worn an underwear that does not allow it to breathe completely, perhaps your hormones are out of balance, or maybe you have contracted a fungal infection. Observing the following tips to keeping such embarrassments at bay.

The vagina is the elastic, muscular part of the female genital tract. It extends from the vulva to the cervix. The outer vaginal opening is normally partly covered by a membrane called the hymen. At the deep end, the cervix (neck of the uterus) bulges into the vagina. The vagina allows for sexual intercourse and birth. It also channels menstrual flow (menses), which occurs in humans and closely related primates as part of the monthly menstrual cycle.

1. Embrace cleanliness

Keep your vagina clean. This tip seems quite logical if you don’t want your vagina to stink. It is useful to know the root cause of the smell. When the vagina smells strongly, this is often due to an accumulation of bacteria. Note: lukewarm water is sufficient to clear this. If the scent is very strong and persistent, it is worthwhile to visit your gynecologist. It may well be that you have contracted an infection, and it is the root cause of the strong odor. Visiting the doctor with such a complaint may not be that easy, as you may feel shy to share your problem but remember that an infection can only get worse if you do nothing about it.

2. Wash thoroughly

A good idea, but as stated before, it is wise to do this only with water. So forget all the advertisement of products for a clean and odor-free vagina: it actually cleans itself. In fact, such products (such as vaginal showers or cleaning wipes) can only worsen matters by making it’s PH value out of balance. And as noted before, be gentle to your vagina. Does it smell a bit, and do you want to wash it? Then do this carefully and certainly not with too hot water.

3. Cotton Underwears

On hot days the sweating between your thighs can also make your vagina smell. That is the reason many gynecologists advise that you embrace cotton underwear, especially in hot weather. Cotton has pores, and it ensures that fewer bacteria have the chance to cause infections and odors. Change your underpants every day and possibly twice a day if necessary, in order to limit any chances of your vagina stinking.

4. Be careful with (anal) sex. 

Another reason for a stinking vagina may be that you have an infection therein. Such an infection may be because a sex partner’s penis penetrated your vagina after an anal sex session. The bacteria from your ass hole can then cause an infection in your vagina. Even after vaginal sex, you must take good care of your vagina by possibly cleaning it with a lukewarm washcloth. Or take a refreshing shower!

5. During Monthly Periods.

Vaginal infections or diseases include yeast infection, vaginitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and cancer. Lactobacillus gasseri and other Lactobacillus species in the vaginal flora provide some protection from infections by their secretion of bacteriocins and hydrogen peroxide. The healthy vagina of a woman of child-bearing age is acidic, with a pH normally ranging between 3.8 and 4.5. The low pH prohibits growth of many strains of pathogenic microbes. The acidic balance of the vagina may also be affected by pregnancy, menstruation, diabetes or other illness, birth control pills, certain antibiotics, poor diet, and stress (such as from a lack of sleep).

That your vagina stinks may also have to do with your period. At least, it’s important to change your tampon regularly. Hold for about two hours and don’t forget it! If necessary, set the alarm on your mobile phone. During that period, you can not only get a stinking vagina, but you may also end up getting nasty diseases.

6. Avoid Stress

Did you know that if your vagina stinks, it can also be related to stress? Stress can cause your hormones to become unbalanced, and this can cause other odors in your underpants. So think carefully about what makes you stressed and sort it out.

7. Proper Wiping after urination

Gently wipe your vagina after urinating. Wipe it from front to back avoid wiping it from the back to the front as it increases chances of wiping bacteria from the anus onto the vagina.

A point to note:

It can’t be emphasized enough, but whatever others tell you: a vagina is simply not a part of the body that should smell like roses. The vagina can have a peculiar smell, but this is entirely normal. Don’t let yourself be consumed by crazy remedies or nonsense talk about your vagina stinking. Ultimately you know what is normal and what is not. If the smell is really abnormally strong, consult the doctor. Fact is: The doctor has most likely dealt with numerous such complaints before and therefore, there is nothing to be ashamed of in as far as consulting one is concerned.

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