Yes, it is natural to have
vaginal odor and each woman has a distinct vagina smell. Occasionally, a woman
may be more self conscious about the feminine odor her body is emitting. But there
shouldn't be any cause for concern when it is not noticeable by others.
Do you notice that change in vaginal smell is related to the menstrual cycle? I have notice that it is mild and very pleasant (musky) smell around the time of ovulation and very pungent right before and after menses. The smell is also stronger right after sexual intercourse.
Smelly vaginal odor could be caused by:-
Poor Vagina Hygiene
To reduce odor and urine smell, change to a new pair of panties after every shower. Wipe the external vaginal anatomy from front to back with baby wipes or soft tissue after urination and rinse the genitalia and anal region after bowel movement.
Cleaning with baby wipes or rinsing the intimate area with water before putting on fresh pads can reduce the strong vagina smell caused by menstruation.
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 when we are constantly sneezing due to the flu.
Trapped urine smells awful so change liners or pads frequently. Wash or wipe the vagina with baby wipes every time you put on fresh liners.
Common signs of an infection are abnormal vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, redness and swelling of the vulva. These symptoms could be related to bacterial vaginosis or vaginal yeast infection.
Frequent douching with scented douches disrupts the harmonious vagina flora. This could lead to bacterial vaginosis or (BV) which is characterized by a foul smelling discharge.
To maintain optimum vaginal hygiene and freshness, this herbal feminine wash or this mousse are the best solutions for getting rid of vaginal odor caused by the above conditions. They are effective vaginal itching remedies too.
However, foul vaginal odor could also be caused by:-
Other than sharing the common symptom of painful urination STDs such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis also produces foul smelling vaginal discharge.
If you have symptoms of the above STDs do not try to self-cure. You need to get 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.
The genital area may get infected and sore.
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
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, foul genital odor that are caused by the above medical conditions should be of grave concern. My advice is, do not be 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