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How to Get Rid of Vaginal Odors: Remedies and Treatments

What Is Vaginal Odor?

Any smell that comes from your vagina can be classified as vaginal odor. This smell could be pleasant or unpleasant.

Some vaginal odor is to be expected, because everything has its own distinctive smell and that includes your lady parts. After all, vaginas aren’t supposed to smell like nothing!

Contrary to popular belief, vaginas are NOT supposed to smell like pineapples, berries, daisies or any other exotic fruit or flower. Your vagina naturally smells musky, coppery, meaty or just… fleshy.

Fun fact: The odor of your vagina differs during different stages of your menstrual cycle or other times like pregnancy or menopause.

Is Vaginal Odor Natural?

Yes, it is completely natural for your vagina to smell a little bit. Think of it like the rest of your body parts – scalp, armpits, belly button, or even your feet.

How your vagina smells also depends on your hydration levels, the food you eat, any medications you might be on, and your own distinctive smell during different phases of the period cycle.

If you have recently engaged in any sexual activities, you might smell just a tad-bit different, especially if any exchange of bodily fluids was involved.

You might notice that your vagina smells different (for a short amount of time) than usual due to the following reasons:

  • Sweating

  • Your sexual activities

  • Your period cycle

Causes of Vaginal Odor

If your vagina smells fishy or has a chemical-like odor or smells different from what we have described so far, we might have a problem. Here are a few reasons:

  • Bad hygiene.

  • A tampon forgotten inside the vagina.

  • Bacterial overgrowth caused by an infection called Bacterial vaginosis.

  • Trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection.

Home Remedies for Vaginal Odor

Remember, no slapping your vagina with vagina perfumes, flowery intimate hygiene washes, or scrubbing your insides with soap or any other sketchy products. If you’re worried about bad vaginal odor, here’s how to get rid of vaginal smell.

  1. Shower or Bathe Regularly

    Often the smell you mistake for stink fumes from your vagina is the result of your own poor decisions! Yes! Chances are you are not cleaning the skin around your vagina properly.

    Hear us out. Your vagina has its own cleaning mechanism. The vagina is extremely acidic and kills all the bad, smell-causing bacteria itself, hence, cleaning itself out in the process.

    However, the skin around your vagina, called the vulva needs to be washed with soap and water. The delicate folds in your vulva need to be cleaned regularly or they might accumulate a lot of bacteria and germs causing you to stink bad down there.

  2. Stop Washing Inside Your Vagina

    Washing inside your vagina with water or other products, medically referred to as douching is a common practice. And like we said earlier, no trying to clean the inside of your vagina.

    The medical professionals are with us on this, as this could lead to a lot of vaginal infections. And if you already have bacteria down there, you’re just inviting more trouble by unwittingly pushing it inside.

  3. Change Pads Frequently

    Try not to wear sanitary pads or tampons for more than the time recommended. Change sanitary pads every 3-4 hours and tampons every 4-6 hours.

    Try to find the lowest absorbency for products that are inserted inside the vaginal tract. This ensures you stay protected from TSS (toxic shock syndrome) and smell fresh.

    Menstrual absorbency products are bound to start stinking after a while because they house trapped blood, tissues and other bodily fluids.

    Moreover, if your pad or tampon contains chemical fragrances, not only does it make your vagina smell that much worse but can also give you infections.

    For a vagina that stays fresh, choose RIO pads. RIO Pads are free of artificial and chemical fragrances. Additionally, they are latex, chlorine and free of other harmful chemicals to keep you protected from rashes, bacteria and infections. Choose RIO, for better periods!

  4. Stay hydrated

    There isn’t anything water can’t do. Birth weird creatures out of it, keep a few billion of the said creatures sustained for centuries, make your vagina smell good? Sure! Water can do it all!

    Remaining well-hydrated ensures there is no bacterial overgrowth in your vagina, production of urine and other bodily fluids from being too concentrated and smelly. In turn, helping your vagina stay fresh and healthy.

  5. Diet

    There is no solid evidence to back up claims that certain kinds of food can make you smell better down there. Some studies claim your dietary intake has a direct relation to the pH levels of your vajayjay.

    Nonetheless, while maintaining a balanced diet, here’s a few foods you can try to find out for yourself:

    • Watermelon (sans the sugar, if you know what we mean *wink wink*)

    • Cinnamon

    • Pineapple (by now, TikTok has made sure everyone, and their mothers know what this is for, right?)

    • Plain yogurt, etc.

Prescription treatments for vaginal odor

There is no real scientific evidence to suggest that probiotics can protect you against infections and a bad-smelling vagina. But, you can still have your doctor prescribe you some as probiotics are mostly safe to take anyway.

When to see a doctor

When things smell fishy down there, you should be concerned. A fishy-smelling vagina is often the result of an infection. Visit a doctor immediately if you experience this.

If your vagina has a strong, unpleasant smell that did not go away on its own over the course of a few days, visit a doctor.

Don’t try vaginal odor treatments without the help of a doctor. You could very well end up making things worse. When in doubt, seek a professional.

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