The scent of your #vulva and #vagina is like a fingerprint, totally unique to you and everyone's scent is special like a snowflake. It’s natural, normal, and lovely.
You don’t need douches, scented menstrual products, or other items marketed to improve your natural smell. You smell good already! (Besides which, these fragranced products only, ultimately, make vaginal odor worse. If you’re curious about WHY these products backfire, I explain it on the blog.)
And if you notice that your natural smell is ‘off’ — when your usual mild and musky scent turns fishy or foul — it is a sign that something is imbalanced in your vaginal ecosystem and it’s time to consult a healthcare practitioner. For example, if you start smelling fishy, it’s probably bacterial vaginosis (and you should see your #OBGYN ).
You can use your discharge as a guide, too. Normal discharge is white or clear, thin, and relatively odorless. You can have discharge throughout your cycle, but you may notice more when you ovulate, and it may be slipperier and the color of egg whites during this time. What you’re seeing is cervical fluid, which is produced during ovulation to help sperm travel through your vagina and fertilize an egg. *
If you start noticing yellowish, grayish, or greenish discharge, or if your discharge becomes clumpy and otherwise changes texture, it can be another sign of a bacterial imbalance or an STD, and a trip the OBGYN should be your first step.
Meanwhile, if you want to protect your vaginal ecosystem and prevent odor problems in the first place, here’s your game plan: ditch sugar, dairy, gluten, and coffee. (Sorry! These foods all taste good when you eat them, but they have a negative impact on your natural vaginal odor.). Never, ever use douche. Avoid scented menstrual products and always, always choose cotton underwear. Use condoms and dental dams during intercourse, in particular with new partners. New sex partners come with brand new bacteria… and these new bugs can travel from the vagina to the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries and cause pelvic inflammatory disease and other troubles. *
Deep dive on the blog. Link in bio. - 2 months ago