As you would have already known, your lady bits is sensitive – and we don’t only mean sexually. It can be affected by various things, from a change of diet to your sexual activities, making it prone to infections. But how do you tell if your vagina is infected? One easy way to tell is through the smell.
While it’s perfectly natural for your vagina to have some sort of aroma, certain vaginal odors can indicate a serious infection — particularly when accompanied by a change in colour, amount, or consistency of vaginal discharge. Here are the smells you need to be aware of to assess whether you’re in need of medical treatment.
This all depends on your diet. In theory, your diet can affect the taste and scent of your vagina. For instance, citrus fruits like oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit have been known to sweeten the smell and taste of vaginal fluids.
If your vagina seems to smell a bit off or vaguely metallic when you get your period, don’t sound the alarm bells. When you have your period, the blood can mix with the natural state of a healthy vagina and give off a different — but typically normal — smell.
While there’s normally a small amount of yeast present inside your vagina, yeast infections occur when there’s an overgrowth due to antibiotic use, or even pregnancy. If you notice a faint, bread-like smell along with cottage cheese-like discharge, see a doctor STAT!
Lubricants or condoms can contribute to this this smell, which most women liken to chlorine or bleach. Luckily, it’s nothing to be worried about — just restock your sex drawer if these scents bother you.
If your vagina gives off a strong, fishy odor that smells foul, chances are you’re suffering from an infection. Please seen a doctor immediately and avoid douching, it’ll just make things worse. Trust us!
When your vagina is healthy, its scent can vary based on your activity level. For instance, after a super-intense exercise class, you may notice a stronger, muskier smell due to moisture released by sweat glands. This is 100 per cent normal!
Text: Natalya Molok / The Singapore Women’s Weekly / July 2017
Additional text: Hidayah Idris
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