Every woman has vaginal odor

Vagina knowledgeWhat the intimate smell reveals about your vagina

A woman's scent between her legs has long been considered an aphrodisiac. An attractant for the potential partner who can still be enthusiastic about this unique bouquet even today. But in times of hygiene hysteria, it is precisely this fragrance that becomes a problem. And especially for women. Because they want to smell freshly showered for a long time everywhere. What smells somewhere else must be bad or even repulsive - that is the concern. But that is not the case! What the smell of your vagina reveals about your health and when to see your gynecologist, you can find out here.


Vagina smell in itself is normal at first

It's actually a shame that we women somehow don't want to allow ourselves this own smell and that it is completely beyond our imagination that some people are even really into it. But it is like this: “The fragrance of women” has its fan base. Why not? Because a healthy vagina has a smell that is not necessarily obtrusive in everyday life if it is not cared for excessively. But as with armpit sweat or muffle in general, you are usually more likely to perceive your own aroma than others. Or even as the only one. So don't panic ladies!


Why is the smell of the vagina different in every woman?

There is a very understandable reason why every woman should has a special aroma between its legs. For the natural cleaning function of the vagina and thus for a functioning defense against infection, the mucous membranes of the vagina are always kept moist. And this protection against unwanted bacterial intruders is created by the acidic environment in the vagina.

The acidic pH value leads to the special smell that many call sour. Some also say it smells a bit like yogurt or slightly metallic. However, a description in words can only be an approximation. Because every woman and her good bacteria simply smell different “downstairs”.


Influence on the intimate smell "from the outside"

When it comes to caring for the vagina, less is usually more

The vulva takes best care of itself. The more intensely the vagina is showered and soaped, the greater the risk of disrupting the natural defensive protection of the mucous membrane. Clear water is therefore actually sufficient for good intimate hygiene. In addition, the intimate odor is not a sign of poor hygiene.

There are also some special, gentle intimate washing lotions that have a mild, often herbal scent and are adapted to the pH value of the vaginal mucous membranes. Lotions for the genital area and bikini area soothe after a shave or nourish discreetly without smelling like perfumery in the crotch. It's somehow not quite appropriate.

Hands off it in any case for perfume, deodorant and generally perfumed care products. They can attack the mucous membrane in such a way that it creates even more odor.

Also be careful when shaving the intimate area

The consequence of atoo frequent intimate shavingIt may be that the vaginal environment can no longer stop unloved bacteria and is easier Infections or fungal infections arise. And that often doesn't smell good anymore. Not to mention itching, burning and increased discharge.

Pubic hair also ensures a minimum of air between the labia. If you are completely slippery, you sweat fasterwhen the skin folds are directly on top of each other. And where there is more sweat, odors develop more quickly. If you let yourself grow, you can judge for yourself how or whether the nose with or without hair makes a difference in the same “washing process”.


Vagina smells like fish and now?

A really noticeable smell of fish in the vagina may indicate bacterial vaginosis. And it really stinks. It is a reason for going to the gynecologist, who can help here quickly. It won't go away on its own!


Intimate smell: What works “from within”

Hormonal fluctuations

It is quite natural that the hormonal fluctuations during the cycle or pregnancy cause the intimate scent to vary.


Taking antibiotics can also affect the vaginal flora and thus change the smell. Because antibiotics fight the bacteria in the body - unfortunately not only the bad, but also the good. In this way you can also eliminate the good lactic acid bacteria in the vagina. Doctors therefore often point out the risk of vaginal fungus to their patients before taking antibiotics - especially in the case of longer treatment - which then has to be treated separately.


The influence of food on vaginal odor is often overestimated. Again and again there are rumors about pineapples and their positive influence on body fluids and their smell and taste. If it were that easy, pineapples would be more popular than bananas or apples. But they are not.

The smell of the Urine, on the other hand, changes with different foods and beverages not insignificant. With coffee or asparagus, for example. Slight loss of urine or negligent wiping if there is a distinct urine odor can also affect the intimate scent. Those who drink a lot of water can prevent this. Because a lot of "flow" alleviates the urine smell.


Intimate smell: This is how underwear and panty liners work

Underwear: Better to take the cotton knickers

It is often underestimated how much the wearing of synthetic underwear or from Panty liners and sanitary napkins have an effect on the development of unpleasant intimate odor. Basically it can be said: The vagina needs air just like the rest of our skin. Otherwise she'll work up a sweat. And that promotes odor and is bad for the vaginal environment. Cotton allows air to circulate and absorbs moisture better than synthetic fabrics.

That means: it's better to grab your cotton knickers every now and then than to pack and seal the vagina even more!

Be careful with panty liners and sanitary towels

Panty liners or sanitary towels - perhaps with a scent too - can irritate the skin. The superabsorbents in the insoles, which are supposed to absorb the moisture, are also not tolerated by all women and form a foreign odor. And if you leave them in your slip for too long, provides a good breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria to multiply. A disadvantage for the vaginal flora.

The skin reacts to pads and panty liners made of cotton or silk as it does to normal cotton laundry and everything remains smell more neutral in the crotch than with disposable products. Silk even has healing properties on the skin. The natural fibers also help during the rule not to intensify the individual odor in a negative sense. The same applies to the use of menstrual cups.

Author: MK

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