All vaginas have a scent, but there is a difference between a healthy whiff and something that doesn’t smell quite right. Here is a number of things you should watch out for and some that you should quit for the health of your genital area.
1. The food you eat
Now eating super-aromatic food might not necessarily have direct effect on the scent coming off your genital area but it could mess up the environment. Yoghurt for one has been known for promoting vaginal health because of its live cultures, richness in probiotics and all that good stuff but actually using yogurt with processed added into it can increase yeast levels within the vagina.
2. Pubic hair
We might still have no scientific idea why pubic hair exists but it does and it might make your life a little complicated. Apocrine sweat glands that are found in the armpits and pubic area, oils and bacteria all contribute to body odour. Hair will tend to retain moisture and sweat more compared to areas of the body that have a sparse distribution of hair. So it’s not just a sex thing, pubic hair might be the thing that’s bringing you down.
3. Taking too many showers
Yes, there is a thing like being too clean. Douching should also fall under this category. We have been told many times before that the vagina has a self-cleaning mechanism but apparently people don’t seem to stop pouring cleaning products down their nether regions. Perfumed soaps and douches disrupt the delicate balance of your vagina which can lead to other complications. You are better off just using plain old water and no, washing your vagina with soap will not prevent pregnancy or STDs.
Not just any underwear though. Unbreathable underwear is likely to be the culprit of unwanted smells. It prevents the free flow of air around the pubic area. Make sure to use cotton as synthetic fabrics will do nothing for the health of your vagina. Thongs might be good for the occasional wear abut are disastrous if worn every day.
4. Bacterial vaginosis
If you notice a strange smell coming off of you this is most likely to be the cause. It is described as an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. When you are suffering from BV the bacteria in the vagina leads to a thick discharge with an unpleasant smell being secreted. Medical intervention usually solves the problem.
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