Home Health Care of the Vagina: Vagina...

Care of the Vagina: Vagina Odor and All You Should Know About It

It is normal for your vagina to feel and smell fresh. But what do you do if you begin to observe an unusual awful odor oozing out of it? What do you do when you experience a smelly vagina odor?

Or perhaps, you may be wondering the exact cause of this odor? Well, this article is to help you answer your questions. The vagina just like any other part of the body has a unique scent and fragrance attached and associated with it.

When the vagina begins to have a foul-smelling odor, then that should be an indicator of an underlying cause or factor in play here and this should make the woman a little bit worried for their health.

Vagina odor could be an indicator of bad hygiene or an underlying disease factor. Some women even try or attempt to change and alter the fragrance of their vagina and this isn’t supposed to be so hence it can cause vaginal infections that if not treated properly can lead to infertility.

The normal fragrance of the vagina is a milky musky scent but during the menstrual cycle, there is a tendency of this to change which is normal. It becomes abnormal when the smell becomes very strong or becomes prolonged.

Quick fact: Do you know that about 75%-80% of women usually have this odor?

Vagina odor usually aren’t caused by lack of good hygiene although sometimes, it can be attributed to this fact. There is a Ph that must be maintained in the vagina and if it becomes too acidic or too basic, then that can lead to a problem.

There are some common vaginal odors and their underlying causes as well as what to do when experiencing them that will be discussed in this article.

The fishy smell

Vagina Odor

This smell is caused when there is an underlying factor called BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS. Bacterial vaginosis occurs when there is an overgrowth or crowding of the naturally occurring bacterial in the vagina.

Normally, there are some protective, yet not harmful bacteria present in the vagina but when they begin to become too much, and they start over flooding and overcrowding the place, they will lead to bacterial vaginosis and thereby produce an unpleasant fishy smell.

Bacterial vaginosis is a common infection among women who are at puberty and can bear children. Some other symptoms that can be seen when getting this disease includes itching around the vagina (could be severe, could be mild), burning etc.

Quick fact: Do you know that the vagina cleanses itself naturally and it has its own way of maintaining its own PH keeping the bacteria in check?

Sweet-smelling odor

Apart from the fishy odor, another odor that can be oozing out of the vagina is a sweet smelling or beer like odor. This occurs when there is an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. These will produce a smell of cookies or that of honey in the vagina. Don’t be deceived by the smell. It isn’t a good thing.

Sometimes, rather than a sweet-smelling odor, you can have a sour-smelling odor which might also be a pleasant fragrance. Yeast infections usually brings intense burning or itching sensations and also a deep sense of dryness in the vagina.

Quick fact: douching is very bad for the vagina as it destroys the bacteria that helps in maintaining the internal environment of the vagina. There are some measures one can take to reduce or completely eliminate the abnormal vaginal odors and simply maintain the normal one and they include:

Practice clean hygiene

Clean the outside of your vagina with water and with a mild soap as this would wash away dead skins and dirt. Please don’t use perfumed soaps and vaginal washes. This is because they will alter the PH of the vagina and cause it to lead to the accumulation of bacteria. Remember after exercise to take a long cold or warm shower

Always wear a clean underwear

Switch from silk and satin pants to cotton pants because cotton pants ensure a fair amount of air enters the vagina.

  1. During menstrual periods, some women notice that the smell of their vagina changes and this quite normal. But be careful of the tampons, pads and other menstrual products used. Scientists have discovered that the use of inner menstrual products such as the menstrual cups. They discovered also that using menstrual cups also will help prevent the risks of infections especially during the menstrual period.
  2. Some ladies have also experienced a change in smell of their vagina during or after sex:

To avoid this, it is advisable to use condoms. After sex, ensure you rinse up the vulva very well. This will ensure that any semen found around the area will be wiped off. It has been discovered that interactions between semen and fluids coming out from the vagina can cause vaginal odors.

Another recommended treatment is the use of probiotics

Probiotics have been found to help improve bacteria found in the vagina and can help prevent vaginal odors. They mostly combat yeast infections.

Apart from this, probiotics helps to maintain the PH level of the vagina thereby keeping the vagina fresh and free of any offensive odor.

Your diet is another thing you really should take note of

Yeast thrives in a very sugary environment and so sugary foods will just help to build a home for yeast in your vagina. And once yeast begins to thrive in your vagina, your vagina odor will be altered from the normal milky odor to an abnormal odor mostly sweet smelling or a pleasant sour smell.

Some other foods with a very strong smell have also been seen and known to alter the smell of the vagina. Some foods such as garlic, coffee and onions have been seen to alter the smell of the vagina but changing the smell and PH concentration of body fluids such as sweat.

Also, the importance of water cannot be over emphasized. It is very important to stay hydrated because when you remain adequately hydrated, it will prevent the over-growth of bacteria especially in the vagina.

Whenever you notice a change in smell, please don’t start taking off the counter drugs or using perfumed soaps because rather than preventing or reducing the problem, they would increase the problem.

Speak to your physician, don’t be ashamed discussing this with him or her and you can as well discuss your options with him or her and know the best decision to take.

Deborah Akinola
Wirter, poet and public speaker

Trending Posts

What is a Radiologist? Everything You Need to Know

A medical expert who specializes in medical imaging and uses it to determine and treat different complications and injuries is known as a radiologist....
- Advertisement -

Recovery After C-section

Some births won’t be possible without the need for a cesarean operation. This is why a c-section is done as the last option for...

Eating Vaginal Discharge and It’s Health Benefits

For many people, vaginal discharge is a sign that a woman is ready and willing to have sex. Vaginal fluid is a whitish fluid...

Genital Warts: Do They Go Away Naturally? What to Expect?

Human Papilloma Virus is the causative organism for genital warts. The virus is available in various strains, and it can be contacted by many...

Anklet Charms and Hot Wives What Do They Mean?

Women all over the world love to accessorise. From putting on necklaces to wearing makeup and buying the latest trending clothes, women are ready...

Skin Rashes: Causes, Symptoms and Effective Home Remedies

Skin rashes are common skin problems experienced by millions of people worldwide; it is characterized by a visible change in the color and texture...

A Few Reasons Why Its OK to Go Braless

Having a bra on for long hours is one of the most uncomfortable things that a lady has to deal with almost every day....

Kinky Sex Punishment Ideas You Should Try

Is your submissive being a spoilt little brat? Are you noticing some unwanted behaviour? Do not be dismayed. Sometimes subs can be naughty, and...

Spider Bites: Symptoms, Treatment & Identification

Spider bites in the United States are often annoying but they are rarely fatal. If a person gets bitten by a black widow spider...

Vaginal Yeast Infections: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

The vagina contains bacteria and yeast in proper and suitable amounts and the balance of these two is one of the necessities of a...

Keeping Your Man’s Penis Locked: Fitting and Measurement for a Chastity Device

So every woman wants to keep her man's penis for her use only. Every gay couple wants to do the same thing, and I...

Friends

Stay Connected

Get our Wellness newsletter

Nurture yourself with health tips, wellness advice, and more.

Related Posts

Teaching Your Kids Healthy Habits

One thing I know for a fact is that parenting is not an easy job. Just when you think you have it all figured...

Vaginal Prolapse – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Vaginal prolapse develops when the muscles that hold the organs in a woman’s pelvis weaken. This phenomenon allows for the urethra, uterus, rectum it...

Advantages of Remote Patient Monitoring in Healthcare Systems

Remote Patient Monitoring is a healthcare technology which allows the healthcare practitioners to monitor patients outside conventional health care settings such as at home...

What Are the Most Common Injuries During an Auto Accident? 

The number of auto accidents is plummeting as a result of the lower traffic volumes on the roads. Lockdown rules, whether local or national,...

Kidney Stones: Causes, Prevention, and 30 Effective Natural Remedies

The kidneys are very important organs in the human body, there are known as the “two great sieves”. Almost everyone is born with two...
- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here