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How To Stop A Smelly Vagina

Published: 22 avril 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am having a problem: I do all necessary cleansing to my vagina. I douche and wash that area well. I even spray feminine spray. It seems smelly and leaves and comes right back. I also sweat a lot down there. Doctor, please tell me how to stop the horrible smell. Thanks.
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Dear How To Stop A Smelly Vagina,

It is perfectly normal to have a vaginal odor. The odor is usually pretty inoffensive and is a natural part of being a woman. During puberty the vaginal area secretes more sweat and tends to be moister and therefore more aromatic (smelly). You may also notice that the odor changes as your period cycle changes, becoming more noticeable right around menstruation.

There is an interesting fact behind why all women have a specific odor. Sex organs smell because it is part of their function. There are pheromones, which are "sex attractors" in the vaginal fluids that are secreted. These fluids are actually there to arouse sexual interest. Humans are no different from other species in the animal kingdom in this respect, however we do not use this odor to attract other species per say.

It is not suggested to continue douching, or using feminine sprays. These products may produce irritation and discharge by altering the body's natural secretions and pH. Keeping yourself clean by washing with a mild soap and warm water daily should be a good routine. To help with excess sweating in that area it may help to avoid wearing tight clothing and always wear cotton underwear to allow the body to breath.

Your odor is probably ordinary and nothing to be alarmed about. However if you do notice a terribly strong odor or abnormal discharge, you may want to consult a physician. For a more thorough description of what to look for check out Discharge - Yeast Infection.

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