It’s perfectly normal for a healthy vagina to have a subtle scent. This scent can vary throughout your menstrual cycle, after sex, and during pregnancy. The key thing to remember is that normal vaginal discharge typically doesn’t have a strong or unpleasant smell.

The Role of pH Balance

The scent of your vagina is closely linked to its pH level, which is determined by the delicate balance of bacteria inside. Maintaining this balance is vital as it helps prevent infections from taking root.

Causes of Changes in Vaginal Smell

Changes in pH can disrupt the normal balance of bacteria.  When the bacterial balance is disrupted, this can lead to changes in vaginal odour which can often be accompanied by a change in discharge. While most changes are temporary and resolve on their own, persistent changes in smell may indicate an underlying issue that requires medical attention.

Common Conditions Causing Unpleasant Odours

Several conditions can cause unpleasant vaginal odours:

  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): A bacterial imbalance that results in a “fishy” smell.
  • Trichomoniasis: A sexually transmitted infection which can have similar symptoms to BV.
  • Certain Cancers: Cancers of the vagina or cervix can also cause changes in vaginal odour.

When to Seek Medical Advice

If you notice a persistent unpleasant smell, don’t hesitate to speak to your doctor. It could be a sign of an infection or problem that needs investigation and treatment.

Tips for Maintaining a Vaginal Health

Now, let’s talk about keeping your vagina healthy. Remember, the vagina doesn’t need much input from you to thrive!

  • Avoid Over-Washing with scented products: This can disrupt the natural pH balance.
  • Avoid Douching (rinsing the vagina): It disrupts the vaginal pH and increases the risk of infections.
  • Opt for Loose-Fitting Underwear: Avoid tight-fitting undergarments to allow the genital area to breathe 
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially if you’re active.

Protection Against STIs

Protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections by using condoms. However, avoid scented or flavoured condoms, as they can irritate the delicate vaginal tissues.

Thank you for joining us today. Remember, your vaginal health matters, and taking care of it is key to your overall well-being. Until next time, take care and stay healthy!

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