You shower, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, change your underwear daily and yet it has a funny smell downstairs. It’s embarrassing, unmentionable and kind of awkward especially during those hot, steamy moments. And who can forget the looks from your sexual partner and your gynecologist!
The Healthy Smell
To begin with, your hoo-ha would have a smell, no matter what you do. Most women have a musky smell, and its strength would depend on how active they are. Don’t raise the alarm yet because its normal. The smell is because of the hyperactive sweat glands in that area. However, don’t forget to take a shower after a bout of exercise, to lessen it a bit.
If your down under has a strong, foul smell, its mostly because of bacterial growth. Medically known as the bacterial vaginosis, this is caused by the overgrowth of bacteria down under. Upsetting the delicate pH balance, there is usually a strong increase in discharge and a strong fishy odor. If the discharge is green, and if it increases after sex, it typically indicates trichomoniasis, an STD. Smell something fishy, contact your doctor immediately.
Bleachy Smell Down There
Some women are allergic to condoms. Yes, you read that right. Fret not for usually its one particular component of the condom that is setting off the disbalance in your vagina. Switch to different condoms over the next few weeks and see if the stench improves. Have some patience and scour the market for there are lot of options available, ladies! (Thank god for that)
Bread Like Smell
Your lady bits also house some yeast, that’s normal (A whole group of flora and fauna survives there!!!) Something is wrong when you notice a faint bread like smell alongside a white discharge. Consult doctor immediately.
When you’re going through your lady days, its normal for your vagina to smell blood like few days before. The blood from your periods can mix with natural state of things and it can get a little bit different! (No need to shout bloody murder!)
Oh, The Sweetness Of It All
What you eat is what your vagina smell likes. (Ha, didn’t quite think that right?) Research shows that citrus fruits like pomegranate, oranges and pineapples lends a distinct sweet smell to your vagina.
On the other hand, a diet that constitutes of garlic, asparagus, onions and broccoli can add to your unpleasant odor.
So ladies, keep your tabs on and identify the good from the bad. Here are few DIY tips to help you get rid of that not-so-good smell.
- Apple cider vinegar: Put 2 cups of apple cider vinegar in warm water and soak in this concoction for 20 mins.
- Baking soda: To your warm water, add one and half cups of baking soda. Soak in it for 20 mins and voila, the smell would be gone.
- Yoghurt: Consuming two cups of yoghurt daily would keep candida infection away.
- White vinegar: Mix salt and half a cup of vinegar in your warm water. Soak in it.
- Tea tree oil: Add three drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water. Rinse your lady bits with this solution. Alternatively, dip your tampon in olive oil, put a little bit of tea tree oil. Use the tampon for an hour, and you’re good to go.
Your vagina is supposed to smell (despite of what your rude sexual partner says), what it not supposed to do is smell bad or fishy or have loads of discharge. Identify what you smell like and consult doctor to rule out infections.