Causes of Vaginal Odor
By Alexandra La-Rotta
Roses, a summer night, fresh rain…all scents that traditional feminine hygiene products would like you to think that your vagina should smell like. No, and no! We embrace the fact that every vagina has its own unique (often a tad musky) scent and it isn’t anything to be self-conscious about. Slight changes in vaginal odor are normal, after all your vagina is complex and made up of different types of bacteria that fluctuate with your cycle and daily life.
The more scented (aka chemical) products that you use to try to mask or eliminate feminine odor will only throw off your vaginal pH more, resulting in infection, irritation and subsequently more odor. This is why we recommend using our all-natural feminine wash to cleanse the vulva after sex, working out, swimming, etc. Trapped sweat or wearing tight-fitting clothing all day can block your sweat glands down there and cause some unpleasant odors. Staying hydrated and wearing breathable cotton undies, as well as not wearing any underwear to sleep are all ways to help your vagina breathe and maintain daily vaginal freshness. We have some more tips on the best way to clean your vagina and reduce odor-causing bacteria HERE.
Stress, diet and menstruation can also cause changes in your vaginal scent and is mostly not a cause for concern. For those times when you are on the go and could use a freshness boost, reach for our refreshing panty spray as a quick vaginal odor remedy. The mineral salts in our herbal mist eliminate odor naturally, while the lavender essential oils keep you feeling calm and refreshed throughout the day. This way, you can stop vaginal odor naturally, without all the nasty chemicals.
There are some feminine odor causes that are more serious. If you notice an unusual foul or fishy smell coming from your vagina, it could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis or an STI and should be checked out by your gynecologist. The same goes for any persistent odors accompanied by itching, redness or an unusual discharge.