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Top 5 vaginal odors

Every woman has natural vaginal bacterial environment and specific vaginal secretion from glands – both determine unique personal vaginal odor which can be changed during different phases of menstrual cycle. Vaginal odors can be different in women of certain age groups, in women with different types of intimate hygiene, in selected nations with specific food and spice preferences, in women with different body mass index. Female body has natural vaginal cleansing ability and healthy women don’t need any additional vaginal douching or scented sprays.

In general, vaginal odor is the combination of several factors including natural vaginal environment (bacteria and secretion), body natural odor, smell of consumed food and spices, scent of used hygiene products (soap, shampoo, deodorant). Vaginal smell of each woman is unique – kind of fingerprint of specific smell. Some women naturally emit stronger vaginal scent, while others don’t. Vaginal odors can be changed during different days of menstrual cycle (becoming stronger or more subtle).

Vaginal odors also depend on the type of vaginal discharge. Normal vaginal discharge is clear or milky white when a female is not on her period. Healthy vaginal discharge thickens and increases when you are sexually stimulated, during breastfeeding and during ovulation. Abnormal vaginal discharge (colored, smelly) triggered by several infections can change vaginal odor. Every woman knows the smell of healthy vagina and changes can be noted easily. Vaginal odor changes could be the only symptom of several vaginal infection and certain health conditions.

Certain factors can lead to changes in vaginal odor – vaginal infections (including sexually transmitted diseases), intensive exercising and sweating, hormonal fluctuation and changes of vaginal pH. Special attention should be paid to unpleasant foul vaginal odor accompanied with colored vaginal discharge, itching and burning sensation. These cases required immediate treatment.

Top 5 vaginal odors

Top 5 vaginal odors

  • Fishy vaginal odor,
  • Yeasty (bread-like) vaginal odor,
  • Musky vaginal odor,
  • Metallic vaginal odor,
  • Diet depending vaginal odor.

Top 5 vaginal odors – fishy vaginal odor

Fishy vaginal odor combined with increased volume of vaginal discharge could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis (BV). It is very specific vaginal infection triggered by overgrowth of bacteria that upsets vaginal pH balance (imbalance of vaginal bacterial environment).
Fishy vaginal smell combined with green or greenish vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, pain during urination and vaginal burning sensation could be a symptom of trichomoniasis (common sexually transmitted infection) which should be treated as soon as possible.

Top 5 vaginal odors – yeasty (bread-like or beer-like) vaginal odor

In general, healthy vagina contains certain amount of yeast. Usually yeast infections occur when there’s an overgrowth due to bacterial imbalance, lubrications, spermicides, antibiotic use or even pregnancy. Vaginal yeast infection is pretty common among women (especially during reproductive period of life). It can be triggered by several factors including stress, long-term treatment with antibiotics, pregnancy, badly controlled diabetes, vaginal douching, etc. Most typical symptom of vaginal yeast infection is cottage cheese like thick white vaginal discharge combined with intensive non-stop vaginal itching. Often vaginal yeast infection does not have any scent at all but sometimes yeast emits a faint yeasty bread-like or beer-like vaginal odor. This type of vaginal odor will never be the only symptom of yeast infection, but it can help to distinguish it from other types of vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis or gonorrhea.

Top 5 vaginal odors – musky vaginal odor

Vaginal odor can be changed depending on daily activities and routine personal hygiene. Musky vaginal odor in most cases smells like just stronger (heavier) version of personal unique vaginal scent. Musky smell usually occurs after intensive sweating (after intensive exercises) or after wearing of tight pants or synthetic underwear. Tight and synthetic clothes reduce or prevent skin ventilation (« breathing») and lead to stronger than usual musky vaginal odor (smell from trapped sweat). Simple routine intimate hygiene and loose cotton underwear and cloths can prevent unpleasant musky vaginal odor.

Top 5 vaginal odors – metallic vaginal odor

Temporary metallic (coppery or tinny) vaginal odor is common right after regular menstrual period or after intimate contact with semen. Metallic smell can be explained by change of vaginal pH due to interactions between vaginal flora, menstrual bleeding and semen. As a result, usually acid vaginal environment changes into more basic which smells metallic.
In cases of additional symptoms such as vaginal itching or increased vaginal discharge, metallic vaginal smell should be considered as a symptom of vaginal infection.

Top 5 vaginal odors – diet depending vaginal odor

It is well known that diet (habitual food and spices consumption) can affect vaginal odor. Most powerful are spices (especially hot spices) – each spice can change vaginal smell adequately. For example, if you consume curry every day or often, vagina can smell curry. If you consume citrus fruits (orange, pineapple, grapefruit), vagina can smell sweeten. Consumption of some vegetables such as onion, garlic, broccoli or asparagus, can cause unpleasant vaginal odor.

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