I must admit you got me with this question, so I went to look at just what is what on this issue, and here is what I found:
Vaginal odor may limit sexual activity in a relationship; the woman feels uncomfortable, and the man becomes a little distant. However, the vagina has a distinct smell that is not a problem.
Each girl has a particular vaginal smell; it is natural. Even when you notice a recent difference in its smell, it is not necessarily an infection. That change may be linked to a specific moment of your menstrual cycle because the smell of your vagina can vary depending on the time of the cycle.
A healthy vagina always emerges a discrete odor at one time or another.
It is normal that it has a certain odor sometimes. Whether this natural smell is neutral or not, it is a matter of personal judgment. In fact, some women notice their odor when there is no notable odor detected by their partners.
However, if the odor changes and becomes strongly unpleasant (repugnant fishy vaginal odor), this change deserves attention because it is perhaps a sign of a serious vaginal infection. Left untreated, this condition may cause not only physiologic problems but also emotional (stress) and social problems (the person feels uncomfortable thinking the odor is detected by others).
What to do when you have vaginal odor?
Many women believe that vaginal odor are the result of a lack of personal hygiene and wash excessively their vagina unaware that they worsen the problem. While poor genital hygiene can be the cause, excessive washing is not the solution. Very often, women hampered by a strong vaginal odor should not begin to wash themselves intensively. That does not help at all. The first thing to do should be restoring the acidity and the balance of the vaginal flora naturally. That restoration cannot be done by excessive antibiotic intake; it decreases your immune system.
How to restore the balance of the vaginal flora?
The vaginal flora consists of a large number of microaerophilic bacteria. Among them, lactobacilli are considered the principal ones for their role in protecting the vagina. These micro-organisms are primarily responsible for protective acidity of the vagina. Wash the vagina too often increases its pH, which disrupts the vaginal flora and can cause vaginal infections and particularly unpleasant odors. That is, do not rush to wash your vaginal excessively when you suffer from vaginal health issues.
If the vaginal flora is disrupted, pathogenic bacteria proliferate, resulting in bacterial vaginosis. This type of proliferation tends to increase the number of bacteria normally present in the vagina causing unpleasant fishy vaginal odor.
What are the causes of vaginal odor?
Besides excessive washing, douching, tight clothes and certain chemicals (scented body washes, antibacterial soap, etc) can cause vaginal infection or yeast infection. Certain contraceptives and foreign body in vagina can provoke vaginal odor and other major health issues. Vaginal and anal intercourse alternation during the same session can cause vaginal infection resulting in vaginal odor. Though rare, diet can affect the smell of your vagina. In some cases of vaginal odor, eating a healthy diet (eating fruit and vegetables abundantly) can remediate the condition without any medical treatment
Get rid of vaginal odor using good personal hygiene. We all get a little stinky sometimes. Really. It happens. But cleanliness can have a huge impact on body odor and vaginal odor in particular. Not only is it important to a healthy and fulfilling sex life, but it’s important to your friends, family, co-workers, and strangers passing on the street. I mean, maybe your dog won’t mind. But please, wash your cooter every day and after any sort of excessive friskiness. Avoid using floofy cleansers, like scented body soaps and stuff. Just use a plain soap with no added moisturizers or scents or dyes or flower chunks or scrubby things. Just use plain soap and clean water to remove smegma and the associated odor.
Wear loose cotton clothing to help eliminate vaginal odor. It may seem odd to you, but yes, the vinyl bloomers, leather g-strings, lace teddies, and synthetic material thongs aren’t the most healthy thing to cover your cooter. In fact, those constricting, airtight clothes can contribute to an odor problem. It appears to be a consensus between the experts that your cooch needs to “breathe.” And it can breathe best in natural, white cotton underwear. Save the fancy stuff for fancy occasions. The rest of the time, ditch the super tight, leather hip-huggers and go for something more natural. Avoid harsh dyes, added chemicals, and anything synthetic, like glitter. I had a bad experience with glitter there once.
Get rid of harsh chemicals for a healthy vagina. Harsh chemicals are all around us, and not all of them show Mr. Yuck’s green mug, either. Many products marketed to women, many to cover vaginal odor, may actually contribute to vaginal discomfort and can cause vaginal irritation, discharge, and odor. Tune out the marketing that promises “fresh summer breeze” anything or “twilight rain” whatever. That often translates to super harsh chemicals. Take a peek at your bath gels, soaps, shaving creams, laundry detergent, and any other chemical that comes close to that sensitive area. Just keep yourself clean and “breathing,” and a healthy vagina will keep a healthy smell.
Wear clean tampons and change them regularlys Avoid Douching, it is not necessary; it can damage or destroy the normal acidity of the vagina resulting in vaginal problems. If you suffer from ant type of vaginal infection, it is recommended to avoid wearing tight underwear and pants so that the vagina can breathe easier. Tight clothes can irritate the vagina and cause or increase vaginal odor. Wearing cotton panties is also important. If a vaginal infection persists despite treatment, you need to see a doctor because it could be a sign of Cancer of the cervix or vagina, Bacterial Vaginosis, Chlamydia, genital herpes, Gonorrhea, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), Vaginitis, yeast infection, etc.
For women, after intercourse, it is important to go urinate. Urination after sex helps to remove any possible bacteria that may be outside or inside the vaginal canal that would go up in the urethra. Because once present, these microbes tend to go up into the bladder, and can cause recurrent urinary infections. Urination causes a cleansing effect, forcing the microbes outside.
Use a douche to get rid of vaginal odor. A vaginal douche can be an effective way for you to get rid of an unpleasant odor, but care must be taken. There can be negative side effects from using a douche, such as throwing off the PH balance of your vag, flushing bacteria and other unwanted gunk from your vagina into your uterus or fallopian tubes, or wiping out the “good” vaginal bacteria and allowing the spread of “bad” bacteria. So first talk to your doctor. If your doctor recommends one, then by all means a douche can help you eliminate vaginal odor. Just make sure that you follow the directions closely and always make sure your douche is sterilized.
Eliminate vaginal odor by going to see your doctor. Vaginal odor and vaginal odor with discharge can be a symptom of a medical problem. All vaginas have an odor—it comes with the territory—but if this odor changes suddenly, is “fishy,” or is accompanied by discharge, abnormal bleeding or spotting, itching, burning, or pain, then you may have a medical problem. Your gynecologist or family physician can screen for infections, such as gonorrhea, yeast infections, bacterial infections, and others. Many tests are routine, basic, and critical to your sexual health. And, in the end, many of these infections have simple cures that can rid you of embarrassing vaginal odor.