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Vaginal smell

Each woman has unique vaginal smell because of personal vaginal bacterial environment and specific vaginal secretion from glands. In general, vaginal smell is a combination of several factors including natural vaginal environment (bacteria and secretion), body natural odor, smell of consumed food and spices, scent of used soap, shampoo and deodorants. Vaginal odor of each woman is unique – kind of fingerprint of specific smell (good or bad). Some women naturally emit stronger vaginal scent, while others don’t. Vaginal scent can be changed during different days of menstrual cycle – becoming stronger and more subtle.

Sometimes vaginal odor can change depending on several health conditions including vaginal infections. Change in vaginal smell can sometimes be a sign of specific vaginal infections (bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, trichomoniasis) or “lost” forgotten tampon.

Every woman knows perfectly the smell of healthy vagina and changes can be noted very fast. Vaginal odor changes could be the only symptom of several health conditions.

Fishy vaginal smell

Fishy vaginal odor that smells foul 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 delicate PH balance (imbalance of bacteria in the vagina).

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. It is very common sexually transmitted infection which should be treated immediately.

Vaginal smell

Vaginal smell

Bread-like vaginal smell

Vaginal yeast infection is pretty common among women. It can be triggered by several factors including stress, treatment with antibiotics, pregnancy, badly controlled diabetes, vaginal douching, etc. Typical symptom of vaginal yeast infection is cottage-like thick white vaginal discharge combined with vaginal itching. Often vaginal yeast infection does not have any scent at all but sometimes yeast emits a faint bread-like vaginal odor. Smell 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.

Musky vaginal smell

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 exercises) or after wearing of too tight pants or synthetic fiber underpants. Tight and synthetic clothes prevent skin «breathing» (ventilation) and lead to stronger than usual musky vaginal odor. Simple routine intimate hygiene can prevent unpleasant musky vaginal odor.

Metallic vaginal smell

Temporary metallic vaginal scent 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 changed 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.

Diet and vaginal smell

It is well known that diet (specific food consumption) can affect vaginal smell. Most powerful are spices – each spice can change vaginal odor 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, it can cause unpleasant vaginal odor.

Rotten-like vaginal smell

Rotten-like vaginal odor can be a sign of “lost” (forgotten) tampon or condom or any strange objects which become infected (rotten) after some period of time. Once vaginal environment is changed, it trigger adequate vaginal foul odor.

Bleachy vaginal smell

According to health experts, some local contraceptive methods can also change vaginal scent. It was noted that vaginal spermicides or lubricants users can experience bleachy vaginal smell. Same vaginal odor can appear after regular use of condoms (female or male condoms).


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