Vaginal odor is a natural occurrence. It cannot be eliminated completely and is perfectly normal for every woman to have her own distinct vaginal, shall we say, "aroma"?
Occasionally, we might be more self conscious about the odor our vagina is emitting. But there shouldn't be any cause for concern when it is not noticeable by others.
The menstrual cycle plays a part in how our vagina smells. It is okay to have a mild and very pleasant (musky) smell around mid-cycle, and a very strong odor right before and after menses.
And it is normal when our vagina odor becomes stronger during foreplay. It is very arousing to our partner and heightens his sexual excitement. It is this "aroma" that drives him wild, to bury his face in our intimate area and taste it.
There are a number of causes for normal vagina odor to turn bad, "fishy" or foul smelling. They are:-
Good vagina hygiene will help you to avoid smelling vaginal odor, especially on the crotch of your pants. You can do this by:-
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During menstruation, you can stay fresh and odor free by:-
Most women who have given birth do experience urine leakage.
I know a lot of us wear panty liners or pads to catch the sudden outflow of urine when we are exercising, coughing or sneezing.
Urine trapped in panty liners or pads smells awful so change them once they are soiled. Wash or wipe the vagina with baby wipes every time you put on fresh liners.
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Vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis and vaginal yeast infection cause abnormal vaginal discharge,odor, itching and swelling.
However, if symptoms do not subside after 5-7 days, please see a doctor to rule out infections that might be STD related.
Douching is not necessary.
In fact, douching with scented douches disrupts the harmonious vagina flora. This could lead to bacterial vaginosis or (BV) which gives off a "fishy" smell.
Bad vagina smell could also be due to STDs such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. Other than painful urination, these STDs produce foul smelling vaginal discharges.
If you have symptoms of the above STDs do not try to self-cure. You need to be treated by a doctor who will prescribe a course of antibiotics.
Yearly STD screenings and practicing safe sex can drastically reduced your chance of a STD infection.
A vaginal fistula is an abnormal opening or passage between the vagina and another organ such as the bladder, urethra or rectum.
It causes a lot of emotional distress as the fistula lets urine or faeces pass into the vagina which causes embarrassing soiling problems that cannot be controlled (incontinence). There could also be a foul smelling discharge or gas coming from the vagina.
Other than odor, the genital
area may get infected and sore too.
There is no alternative cure for vaginal fistula other than surgery to close up the passage to restore normal urinary and bladder functions.
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs at the cervix, the lowest part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Various strains of the human pappilomavirus (HPV) plays a role in causing most cases of cervical cancer.
Early cervical cancer generally shows no signs or symptoms. As the cancer progresses, there could be watery, bloody vaginal discharge which is heavy and has a foul odor.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs. One of the main causes of PID is complications arising from untreated Chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Other than pain in the lower abdomen, smelly vagina odor is one of the symptoms of PID.
As you can see, the last four causes of vaginal odor are of grave concern. You need to see a doctor.
Do not feel embarrass to see a gynecologist if you have abnormal vaginal odor that does not go away even if you practice the best vaginal hygiene.
Sometimes not seeking medical attention could be fatal.Back to top