Many women have problems with feminine odor and worry about it. As we all do! but let’s get one thing out of the way right now, your vagina is supposed to have a bit of an odor.
Vaginal odor is completely natural but the sweaty, smelly, and hurtful kind is absolutely preventable.
So, my first rule when talking about vaginal odor is: don't panic!
It is completely natural to sweat where the sun doesn't shine, but you should know that the sweat, the heat, and the moist, creates conditions that are favorable to the bad bacteria which multiplies every 20 minutes. YES! every 20 minutes!
This means that within a few hours the bad-bacteria will multiply by the millions.
Scary, isn't it!!
The vagina has its own microbiome filled with different bacteria and yeast, many of which are incredibly helpful and, yep, those bacteria give your vagina its signature scent.
But uh, what does that typically smell like?
The acidic pH naturally found in the vagina might make it a little sour-smelling, sometimes a little musty, but it shouldn't be an overwhelming odor.
Still, there are times when you catch a waft that smells a bit…off.
The cause can be as innocuous as sweat or as troubling as an infection, so it’s worth taking a deeper whiff (yes, really!), especially if the unusual aroma is accompanied by symptoms like itching or discharge.
Scan through the scents below to see if your smell is on the list, but don’t hesitate to get yourself checked out by a professional either way.
The most likely cause behind this scent is bacterial vaginosis (BV), the most common vaginal infection in women ages 15 to 44 [according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)].
The infection can creep in when the vagina’s pH gets thrown out of whack by an overgrowth of "bad" bacteria.
Remember, Don’t panic! I’ve been there, and if I can control my BV and prevent it from ever happening again, so can YOU!
You just need to ensure to re-balance your vaginal acidity with a treatment care regime designed to balance out your vagina’s pH and nix odors.
If you notice redness or burning around your vagina, or have pain after you pee, this is the likely cause of a yeast infection.
Most yeast infections aren’t terribly smelly, but occasionally the thick, cottage cheese-like discharge that’s a hallmark of the sneaky itchy nuisance has a faint scent of beer or yeast.
Diabetic women may especially notice this since yeast feeds on sugar, and diabetic women tend to have more glucose.
Don’t panic! We got you girl! All you need to do it to ensure a clean and healthy vaginal skin with a treatment care regime designed to protect, soothe, and instantly relieve even the worst yeast & vaginal itch.
Did you just pound out a major sweat session at the gym and are you wearing synthetic underwear?
Exercise and non-breathable knickers can cause a musty smell from trapped sweat. It should go away as soon as you shower. ;-)
To minimize the scent in the future, switch to cotton undies (or at least ones that have a cotton lining), use HALO feminine deodorant to obstruct the growth and the multiplying action of the bad-bacteria in order to eliminate bad vaginal odor without impeding normal, healthy and vital perspiration, and without altering the physiological pH balance of the intimate area.
Oh, and please don’t sit around with your sweaty clothes on! Shower immediately!
Of all the scents your vagina can have, this is definitely the most concerning one. Normally, rotten smell is caused by a tampon that was left in your vagina for days or longer. If you know your tampon been in for more than eight hours (or, tbh, you can't remember the last time you changed it), and you've got flu-like symptoms (fever, nausea, achiness), it's time to see a doc, ASAP!
Blood (you know, from your period) can change the pH of your vagina, making it smell coppery or tinny.
To prevent any pH levels from going wild, you should use our DAILY DOU care package designed to cleanse, balance, refresh and prevent vaginal infections.
There are a couple of different reasons why your vagina might take on a chemical smell of bleach or ammonia:
BV—which, again, usually smells fishy—can sometimes smell like ammonia instead.
From your urine, especially if you’re dehydrated.
From intercourse (specifically the low-acid pH level of sperm).
Basically, you can wait this smell out a little bit to see if it fades on its own. If it doesn't in a few days, check in with your ob-gyn.
If you notice a sweet smell down there, you might not be super inclined to think anything is wrong (it’s better than a rotten smell, right?!).
This is usually diet-related.
That said, yeast can sometimes cause a sweet odor, so if you’re also having symptoms of a yeast infection, grab our PURE BLISS cosmetic yeast treatment and make sure you do things right!
There are quite a few common infections that can get our panties in a bunch, so to speak – vaginal yeast infection is the one we’re all probably most familiar with, and perhaps comfortable talking about. But there’s another vaginal infection that’s actually the culprit behind most of the odor that women are trying to cover up, it’s called Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), and it affects nearly a third of women in the U.S. It leads to an unpleasant fishy odor, irritation, itching, and burning.