Most Common Vaginal Odors


First of all, it is obvious that your vagina has and will always have a certain odor despite all the nonsense that the companies specialized in feminine hygiene tell you. In reality, a healthy vagina has an odor whose intensity and subtlety change throughout the month.


Some women naturally release a stronger vaginal odor than others. Abundant sweating or unprotected intercourses (with ejaculation) can also temporarily change the odor of your vagina.

This natural odor indicates that your vagina is healthy and that the pH level is balanced, but sometimes a change in odor could be the signal that something is wrong. An unusual odor may simply be due to the end of your periods but it can also be caused by a forgotten tampon or bacterial infection, which is far more serious.

How do you know which odor is normal and which is not? You must learn to know your intimate part and familiarize yourself with what your body exudes to learn to make a difference. An alarming odor is usually accompanied by other symptoms such as itching, redness, strong secretions and strong urine.

How to interpret a fish smell ? Bad sign.

A strong smell of fish can be a revealing sign of the two most common vaginal infections in young women: bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. The first is not a sexually transmitted disease but an infection related to the imbalance of the vaginal flora, although it may be related to relationships with a new companion. Trichomoniasis, on the other hand, is the most common sexually transmitted (and curable) infection in developed countries. It is caused by a parasite, trichomonas vaginalis. Both symptoms have a bad odor, often accompanied by white or gray secretions. Both are easily curable with antibiotics prescribed by a specialist. These infections may also present the same appearance as fungal infections, the only way to differentiate them is their more intense odor.


How to interpret a metallic odor? Probably nothing bad.

The smell of metal is very common, especially after your menstruation or, if you have been in intimate contact with sperm. Both factors can change the pH of the vagina, usually acidic, to a more basic ph. This odor is normally temporary, but if it persists after a long time and is accompanied by any irritation or abnormal secretions, go to your gynecologist.

How to interpret a yeast or bread odor? Bad sign.

Often, fungal infections have no odor, but they are manifested by other symptoms: white and dense discharge, itching and so on. However, in some cases, the vagina emits a faint bread odor, similar to moisture. This one will never be the only indicator of a fungus but it can help you detect this infection from bacterial vaginosis or other.

How to interpret a musk smell? Probably nothing bad.

This scent is stronger than the one usually released in your vagina and is due to excessive sweating, tight pants, or synthetic fabric underwear. These last two prevent the skin from breathing which leads to the emission of a more pronounced odor. Rinse with clear water or neutral soap and cotton panties to get rid of this unpleasant but inconvenient odor.

How to interpret an odor of rottenness? Bad sign.

If your organ suddenly releases a strong smell of rotting, go immediately to a gynecologist or an obstetrician. This is definitely not a good sign and could indicate a tampon left in your vagina after your last period, something that happens much more often than one could imagine.

Do not be embarrassed to talk about your privacy to your doctor as it is there to help you without judging your lifestyle or hygiene.


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