Vaginal Odor
What Is Normal & Abnormal  

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?"

A woman's vaginal smell that she secretes from her vaginal glands is:-

  • a combination of the normal bacteria that lives in the vagina
  • the food she eats, if you eat a lot of onions, yes there will be slight onion smell in the vaginal odor
  • the clothes she wears
  • her level of hygiene
  • how much she sweats 

So, no two vaginas smell alike.

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.

What Is Normal Vaginal Odor

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. This 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.

Causes Of Smelly Vaginal Odor

There are a number of causes for normal vagina odor to turn bad, "fishy" or  foul smelling. They are:-

  • Poor Vagina Hygiene
  • Menstruation
  • Urine Leakage
  • Vaginal Infections
  • Douching
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Vaginal Fistula
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PID)

Poor Vagina Hygiene

You can avoid smelling vaginal odor from sticking to the crotch of your pants or panties by practicing good vaginal hygiene. You can do this by:-

  • Changing your panties after every shower or at least once a day.
  • 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 passing stools.


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During menstruation, you can stay fresh and odor free by:-

  • Cleansing with the kacip fatimah feminine wash.
  • Changing your sanitary pad every 3-4 hours
  • Rinsing or wiping with non-fragrant wipes before putting on a new pad.

Urine Leakage

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.

Vaginal Infection

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Vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis and vaginal yeast infection cause abnormal vaginal discharge,odor, itching and swelling.

You can follow these home-remedies to ease the symptoms or insert the vagina wand to reduce the itching and discharge.

However, if symptoms do not subside after 5-7 days, please see a doctor to rule out infections that might be STD related.

Vaginal Douching

Douching is not necessary.

In fact, douching with scented douches disrupts the colony of good bacteria that lives in the vagina. This could lead to bacterial vaginosis or (BV) which gives off a "fishy" smell.

Washing the vulva with the herbal feminine wash is sufficient. Besides, maintaining optimum vaginal health, this wash is an effective vaginal-itching remedy as well.

Smelly Vaginal Odor Which Needs Medical Attention

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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.

Vaginal Fistula

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

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.

Seek Medical Treatment

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.

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