What Should a Vagina Smell Like?
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This is What Your Vagina Should Really Smell Like, According to Experts
Vaginal scents are extremely important when it comes to staying healthy down there. So, it's important to know the scents-- both good and bad. Keep reading to find out what your baseline vagina scent should be, and how to know a problem when you smell one.
Different Smells. When it comes to vaginal odor, every woman is different. And there are a variety of harmless factors that can change your smell such as diet, bathroom habits, personal hygiene, and the underwear you wear.
Baseline. According to The Mirror, all vaginas have a baseline smell. This is the smell that secretes pheromones and "triggers sexual interest", which is all part of the vagina's normal process.
Signature Smell. So, what is the vagina's signature smell? Well, according to experts, your signature smell is a musky scent akin to the smell that comes from working out, The Mirror reports.
Hormone Expert. Hormone expert, Alisa Vitti, writes on MindBodyGreen about the importance of every woman discovering what her own natural scent is. This way, you are able to tell if something is wrong.
What You Shouldn't Smell. According to Mary Jane Minkin M.D, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale University School of Medicine, determining your vagina's scent can be difficult. That said, knowing when something is off isn't.
Smells. "The vagina shouldn't smell like rotten fish or anything rotting...The odor folks [describe] is from bacterial vaginosis, which is really an imbalance of good guy and bad guy bacteria (the bad guys are the anaerobic bacteria which tend to be overgrowing, and anaerobes classically produce a foul or rotting type odor)," Dr. Minkin told YourTango.
Different Smell. It's also important to note that your vagina will smell different: after sex and while on your period. Additionally, it's important to remember that discharge isn't always a bad sign. Your vagina is self cleaning and discharge is usually a sign that it's doing its job to expel bad bacteria.
Discharge. If your vaginal discharge is a different color than it normally is, then this could mean there's an issue. Typically, "You want white with a little yellow, if this changes to grey or brighter yellow or green you need to get it checked. If it becomes itchy, you also need to go to the doctor," The Mirror reports.
Balance is Key. In order to keep a bacterial balance, women are recommended to eat "alkaline-rich foods like lemons of leafy greens helps detox your system as well keeping your scent sweet."
Harmful Foods. Harmful foods include sugar, coffee, dairy and more. These foods can negatively affect your natural scent.
Underwear. You may need to rethink your current underwear situation, and consider sleeping sans underwear so your vagina can breathe. Or if you do wear underwear to bed, choose cotton or a similarly breathable fabric. Synthetic, lacy underwear or thongs are not the best; in fact, it's better off if you avoid them altogether.
Products. Watch for what products you use down there. Anything perfumed or scented - or unnatural in any way - is not good for your vagina's overall health. Using water or wipes to clean your vagina is enough, but you could also invest in a pH-balancing wash.
Hormone Levels. Take a look at what you're consuming because that might be part of the problem. "Are you on the pill? Or using a ring or intrauterine device (IUD)? Synthetic horomones can disrupt your microbiome leading to infections. Experts recommend D-mannose supplements, a simple type of sugar shown to be as effective as antibiotics in some cases. As a bonus it helps prevent recurring UTIs and 'funny' smells'," The Mirror reports.
Sex. When it comes to sex, use only products with natural ingredients. The Mirror says if you can't put it in your mouth, it doesn't belong down there-- this includes scented lotions. Finally, if you see any red flags, consult your doctor right away.
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