In the Know: Vaginal Odour

Fact: Your vaginal area has many sweat glands. And we all know what happens when we sweat. Vaginal odour happens to all of us, but it shouldn’t hold you back. So the next time you’re wondering if you’re the only woman in the gym sensing odour, know that you’re not. It's natural and normal. When you do want a freshness solution, we’ll help you find one.

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU

Vaginal odour is completely normal, however it can also be your body telling you something’s up. Answer these questions to get a better sense of your scent.

Have you noticed a difference in your typical vaginal odour?

PREVENTION

Every vagina may have a natural scent, but there are a few things you can do to prevent that from turning into an unpleasant ordor; keep the vaginal area clean and dry, avoid using harsh soaps, laundry detergents and fabric softeners on your body, avoid coloured or perfumed pads or toilet paper, wear cotton panties and change your underwear daily, avoid tight and binding clothing—especially in the crotch area, change out of wet clothing ASAP, and gently wash the area by wiping or washing from front to back (vagina to anus) after urinating or having a bowel movement.

ONE WOMAN’S QUESTIONS ARE EVERY WOMAN’S QUESTIONS.

Fact: Your vaginal area has a lot of sweat glands. And we all know what happens when we sweat. Vaginal odor happens to all of us, but it shouldn’t stop you from doing you. So the next time you’re wondering if you’re the only fragrant woman in Pilates, know that you’re not and that there’s no shame in your game. When you do want a freshness solution, we’ll help you find one.

Dr. O “What is Vaginal Odor and is It Normal?”(2:08)

Gynecologist Dr. Althea O’Shaughnessy gets real about vaginal odor and its causes.

Is it normal for my vagina to have odor?

Yes. A million times yes. All vaginas have a unique scent, which can be made more pronounced by things like sex, sweating or having your period. Your nose will be able to tell you when your natural smell wears off.

Why does my vagina have a bad odor?

There’s no shame in asking! While yeast infections are not accompanied by a strong odor, Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Trichomoniasis (Trich) are. BV is a common infection caused by the overgrowth of natural bacteria that reside in the vagina and is often accompanied by itching, white-gray discharge and a strong, fishy odor. Trich is the most common, curable STD and is usually accompanied by itching, burning, redness and a frothy, yellow-green discharge. If you experience either of these symptoms, we recommend you consult your doctor.

Is vaginal odor serious?

That all depends. When your typical vaginal scent smells unusual or is accompanied by itching, burning or discharge, it could be the sign of an infection and a good time to consult your doctor or a healthcare professional. However, many harmless things can affect your scent like diet, medicine, sweat, fabric and hygiene. Regardless of its cause, odor is nothing to be ashamed of. We have plenty of solutions to help you feel confident!