• My vagina has an unpleasant odour I can't get rid of. What can I do?

    My vagina has an unpleasant odour I can't get rid of. What can I do?

    The natural acidity of your vagina seems to be off balance, so first and foremost see your GP for a prescription to get things back to normal.


    Question for JulieQuestion:

    I would like to know if using vibrators for long periods of time will make your vagina have more odour? I just can't seem to get rid of this odour lately and I thought it was because I'm using a vibrator more, since my sex life is pretty much non-existant.

    What do you suggest I do about the odour? I've tried douching and using Refresh. When it comes to oral sex cause I am very self conscious about it. Thanks for your help on this!

    Julie Answers...Julie Says:

    The natural acidity of your vagina seems to be off balance, so first and foremost see your GP for a prescription to get things back to normal. You may be suffering with bacterial vaginosis – or thrush (the two are easily confused) but BV can give off a stronger odour. Either way, a course of antibiotics can remedy the situation, and you’ll also be able to rest easy that there aren’t any other medical issues that are creating your symptoms.

    It’s also worth taking a look at your diet and lifestyle; stress, heavy drinking, smoking, and a lot of spicy, animal or dairy products can all affect us vaginally (basically the same foods that influence our breath and body odour).

    Try to eat as much organic live yogurt as possible, and you may find that inserting a tampon coated in yogurt can help. The kind of healthy bacteria found in yoghurt - lactobacilli - are also present in vaginal secretions, which is why eating natural, unsweetened yoghurt can help stave off vaginal infections, or restore the correct balance when an infection is present. Just make sure it’s the plain, unflavoured variety containing live cultures (mandarin orange might seem more appealing, but it won’t do the trick!).

    I’d forget about douching or ‘Refresh’ for the moment (but again, check this out with your GP) and avoid any lubes or body lotions that are petroleum-based as they can clog you up. So-called ‘intimate’ sprays or scented douches can disrupt our natural balance of flora and fauna, so they can actually add to the problem, rather than alleviating it.

    You can back up your doctor’s diagnosis by soaking in a warm bath with a good shot of cider vinegar in it (cider vinegar has the ability to reduce toxins) or alternatively, try a few drops of tea tree oil in the water.

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    Comments (3)

    • WandA: April 02, 2010 14:10
      Is this worth a look?

      http://www.emandlo.com/2009/08/dear-em-lo-how-can-i-smell-and-taste-better-down-there/

    • Kitty: April 03, 2010 10:37
      Douching, over washing and internal cleaning products actually cause the balance of friendly bacteria to be upset - if you get too little then that is when problems happen. It may be that you just became self conscious and started over washing, there may not even be an unusual smell, it may just be normal and you are worrying too much about it but if you do think something is wrong pop down to a GU clinic for a check up :-)
    • Sarah Newland: April 07, 2010 22:09
      Hello Julie,
      Your peasgood' this is important, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after touching anything and keep your nails clean.
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