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Vaginal Odour: Causes and Treatment

Dr Jameela Khalid

Dr Jameela Khalid

  Jayanagar, Bengaluru     Jan 27, 2017

   2 min     


Certain odor cannot be suppressed by spraying perfumes and, vaginal odor is one of them.  It is an implication of an imbalance in the vaginal bacterial flora and is seen to be quite a common phenomenon in women. However, this might sometimes be embarrassing if it is in excess but the good news is that there is always a solution to it.

Like the feet and breath, one’s vagina too has a certain smell because of an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast which can be sometimes normal and sometimes not. Let’s find out what’s normal and what’s not.

Fishy Smell

Fishy smell of the privates is an indication of bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis. If it has a strong, foul smell this indicates bacterial overgrowth which can affect the delicate pH balance of the area and lead to discharge giving it an underwater smell. This is not healthy as it can indicate trichomoniasis, an STD. For wellbeing, we suggest you contact your health care specialist immediately.

Musky Smell

A musky smell is normal. To tell you the fact, your “v-j-j” will have a smell no matter what you do to prevent it. Well, a musky smell is one of the most common smells, and the degree of which depends on a women’s daily activity. The smell is due to the hyperactive sweat glands in the private area, and this is nothing to worry about.

Bleachy Smell

This smell is due to a reaction to condoms. Yes, few women are allergic to condoms or just one particular component of it.  The solution is simple here, just keep switching to different condoms over the next few weeks and note the improvement. If it does then, you know what to stay away from.

Bloody Smell

This is normal during the menstruation time but if otherwise it indicates internal bleeding. For wellbeing we suggest you contact your health care specialist immediately.

Bread-Like Smell

This indicated a fungal infection. Something this is accompanied with white discharge. In such a case consult the doctor immediately.

Tips To Get Rid Of Vaginal Odour

  • Yogurt

Probiotics present in yogurt helps in the treatment and/or prevention of bacterial vaginosis. Consuming yogurt or even applying it to the privates can do the task perfectly.

  • Hydration

Drinking water helps in flushing out bacteria from the body, including the vagina.

To stay hydrated, drink 1.8 liters (about 0.5 gallon) of water per day.

  • Cranberry Juice

The connection between cranberry juice and women’s reproductive system is uncanny. Because of its acidic nature, it helps maintain the pH level and suppresses bacterial growth.

  • Baking soda

Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda, being basic in nature immediately improves the pH imbalance that encourages good bacterial growth in the vagina.

Home Remedy:

  • Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it every day.
  • Or, mix baking soda in water and use it as a vaginal wash.
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