WHY DOES MY VAGINA SMELL?! - Dr. Rejuvenation Girl Talk

Every female has a natural vaginal scent that can change throughout her menstrual cycle. A strong odor however, can be a sign of an infection, particularly if she is sexually active. Certain sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) such as trichomoniasis can cause a different odor. A woman’s vagina is naturally filled with bacteria but when there is an overgrowth, the condition is called bacterial vaginosis and causes a “fishy” odor. Not all vaginal odors are caused by an infection, however. For example, poor hygiene or tight fitting clothing or fabric that doesn’t breathe can cause sweat and bacteria to get trapped which can cause and unpleasant odor. But don’t be fooled by products such as douches or sprays that claim to “clean” your vagina. They can be harmful because they remove the fluids that naturally clean your vagina. These products (particularly the scented ones) can actually cause irritation. Simply use soap and water to clean the outside of your vaginal area. Rinse well and pat your skin with a towel until it is dry before you put your underwear on. If your vaginal odor doesn’t go away, make an appointment with your health care provider and get checked out. There is treatment available. Phone: (469) 234-8888 Email: [email protected] Location: Frisco, Texas


Hi, I'm Dr. Aimee Nguyen, I'm also known as Dr. Rejuvenation.

A common question that I get asked is my vagina has an odor. Is that normal? It smells. I think every vagina has a natural scent. It's kind of like your own sweat. But if you find that it's a stronger odor or it's different from the norm, then it may be indicative of a vaginal infection, especially if it's accompanied by burning or itching. So you should consult your doctor for sure. You may have a yeast infection. If it's a fishy smell, it may be indicative of a bacterial vaginosis infection, which are both easily treated with antibiotics.

What about how do I make my vagina smell good? So there are some myths out there about pineapple juice or citrus can make things smell sweeter down below. I don't know that there's really any scientific evidence to show that, that's true. But I would say, though, that if you're eating healthier than you, probably it makes sense that things are going to be a little bit more neutral down there. And so if you're finding that that helps, then by all means continue to do it, or if you're finding that you're eating crappy and it smells bad down below, then that may also be a sign that that may be due to diet.

So it's normal to have a natural scent down below, but if it's out of the norm, then you should consult your physician.