The scent of your vagina should never be a punchline of a horrible joke. However, most women have to deal with vaginal odor at least once or twice in their whole lifetime.
While it is true that every female has a different scent and may be affected by various factors, including infection, menstruation, and sexual activity, the normally healthy vagina should not have any kind of odor. Here are the things you need to do to make sure you smell fresh and stay clean down there:
Washing and Showering Tips
Know about the proper ways to care for your vagina whenever you are in the bathroom:
#1: Depending on your routine every day, you may need to shower daily especially if you notice your vagina smells.
#2: After a workout session, make sure that you shower to remove sweat from the body, including down there.
#3: Don’t mask odor by using fragrant soap. If possible, use only natural soaps. Soaps that most people use today have chemicals that can upset the natural balance of the vagina and may cause irritation.
#4: Only clean the outer part of the vagina as this can worsen the problem.
#5: Don’t douche unless your doctor tells you to do so.
#6: Always wipe from front to back to avoid infection. You can use wet wipes or baby wipes to remove dry wipe residue, which can also cause infection.
Things for the Vagina
Whenever you use some items for this part of the body, here are the things you need to remember:
#1: Make sure your lubricant is silicone or water based.
#2: Don’t use some products around the vagina, such as lotions and others that aren’t meant for vaginal use.
#3: Go for breathable cotton underwear and make sure you change at least once a day.
#4: If you use a tampon, don’t leave it there for too long as this encourages the immune system to respond and attack the foreign object. The same thing happens if a condom breaks and a small piece of it remains in the vagina.
Bacterial growth, poor hygiene, yeast infections, and even hormonal changes can affect the odor of your vagina. If it’s smelly, try to correct the problem right away. But if there are other symptoms, such as burning, redness, irritation, and itching in the vaginal area, this may be due to an infection. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible to get a diagnosis.