The fact that there's such a stigma surrounding the subject of vaginas pisses me off 📴 – and ditto the many misconceptions regarding vaginal health, especially as it applies to odors. Vaginas aren't taboo. We shouldn't be afraid 😨 or ashamed of discussing them. Sometimes, they have odors. That's okay. Please, don't be ashamed, don't be afraid 😨 of asking questions, and don't think you're alone. Every woman 🙎 has smelled 👃 something wtf-worthy wafting up 👆 from her panties. Knowing how to decode those odors will not only put you at ease, but it's also a great 👍 step toward opening up 👆 a vagina dialogue.
When your vagina is healthy, you can expect it to have some sort of … not an odor, really, but more like 😍 a musk. It might be stronger at certain points, such as after a long day ☁️ at work 📐 or an intense run. Regardless, a bit of musk is completely normal. It doesn't indicate any deeper problems and it is absolutely not at all unhygienic.
A yeasty odor quite a lot like 😚 bread 🍞 is one 1️⃣ of the most common vaginal smells, as well 👍 as the one 1️⃣ most women 🎎 recognize. Not so surprisingly, this odor typically means you have a yeast infection, which means that the naturally occurring yeast cells in your vagina are multiplying faster than they're supposed to. Yeast infections can also be caused by antibiotics and sometimes bathing 🛁 too much can cause similar burning 🔥 and itching. These infections are usually accompanied by itching or pain, and you may notice a thick discharge.
You may be fighting it off 📴 or it may be about to erupt, but if you get a waft of this, you'll know it. Women 🎎 are so paranoid about this and it's the subject of so many vicious vaginal stereotypes, it's no 🙅 wonder there are so many misconceptions about it. If you notice a strong, fishy 🍣 aroma, please 🙏 do not feel bad or ashamed. It is not a hygiene issue, it does not mean anything like 👍 that, it simply means that there might be something going 🆙 on 🔘 and you should schedule 📆 an appointment with the OB/GYN.
If you smell 👃 metal 🔩 or something like 💙 iron or copper, don't worry. That odor is completely natural, especially right 👉 after your period – even after you're done menstruating, it can take 🎬 a while to flush 🚽 out all the blood. This scent can also occur after you have unprotected sex. This is mostly due to the fact that both semen and period blood can affect your vagina's pH balance.
Specifically, your vagina may smell 👃 sour, musty, or even stale if you're fighting off 📴 an infection. This odor is can be indicative of trichomoniasis or bacterial vaginosis. If the odor is particularly strong, you need to see your doctor 😷 because you may need a course of antibiotics. If it's subtle or very light, then it might actually be perfectly natural, or at least nothing more than an off-balance pH level.
No 🙅 one 1️⃣ likes to think of a meaty or rotten aroma 🌼 coming from any part of their body, especially the vaginal area, but it's so important to talk ☎️ about. This odor, especially, should not be ignored. It's possible that there's something inside of your vagina giving off 📴 the odor, such as a tampon you've forgotten or even a condom. Get thee to the GYN post 📪 haste, please.
In fact, an odor with a slight bleach-like tang is perfectly natural. Some vaginas smell 🐽 this way just because – this isn't an uncommon aroma 🌼 for discharge. Otherwise, if you recently had sex using a rubber, it may have left 👈 behind a residual odor that smells of chlorine or bleach.
The odor of garlic or onions doesn't seem natural or normal at all, but it is. Basically, if you eat either of these foods, your vagina may share their smell. That's because the body excretes these two 2️⃣ odors, especially through urine. It should pass 🎫 in a few days.
Vaginal health 💊 is so important – and vaginas aren't scary 👻 or gross or weird. We have to talk 💬 about these things to take 🎬 away the stigma. Don't you think so?
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