You shower regularly, you eat a healthy diet and you change your underwear daily – and even wear a panty liner, but for some reason, you still have a funny stench downstairs. This can make you feel uncomfortable when your partner wants to perform 0ral on you, or even when people come close to you, not to mention at the gynecologist. If you’re struggling with vag!nal odor and have tried everything under the sun to rid yourself of the problem, here’s what you should know about the various causes of it so you can stop feeling self-conscious
ALLERGY TO C0nd0ms. According to We Belong Project, some women are allergic to certain materials in CDS, which can throw off vag!nal bacteria and cause odor. Switch to a few different types of CDS over the course of a few weeks and see if the stench improves. This will take a little trial and error.
DOUCHING. According to the Office on Women’s Health, douching can mess with the pH levels of your lady part and even cause a large amount of bacteria to grow. There is good and bad bacteria that can be down there, but the bad bacteria can cause a strong smell.
EXCESSIVE WASHING. Even if you’re just washing your lady part with warm water, according to Innovateus, excessive washing can still mess with the vag!na’s flora, causing an odor.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. If you’re an avid exerciser, what you could be smelling is just sweat accumulating down there. According to the Office on Women’s Health, lots of physical activity can give your lady part a “muskier” smell
TIGHT CLOTHING. Even if you’re not very active, wearing very tight pants or underwear can cause your lady part to sweat. This, again, can cause vag!nal odor.
LEFTOVER TAMPON. Innovateus also lists the “presence of leftover tampon inside va**na” as a cause for vag!nal odor. We would hope you wouldn’t forget a whole tampon inside of you, but also make sure there were no fly away fibers left in there.
WEARING UNDERWEAR AT NIGHT. According to reports, sleeping in the nude to air out your lady part is the way to go. Bedtime is, after all, the perfect time to let out all the sweat that has built up over the day.
SCENTED BODY WASH. Using scented body wash or even scented lotion near the va**na can cause odor.
LAUNDRY DETERGENT. Scented laundry detergent or fabric softeners can irritate the your lady part, once again causing odor. Wash your underwear separately with unscented detergent if this is the case
EXCESS PUBIC HAIR. Our pubic hair is meant to waft the smell of the va**na around—this actually used to attract mates thousands of years ago. But today, we don’t want that smell lurking so trim/wax/shave away.
SYNTHETIC MATERIALS. Your best bet for underwear is cotton. Synthetic materials don’t allow air to flow through the underwear, trapping humidity (and smelly sweat) inside.
SPICY FOOD. According to Mommy Edition, spicy food can cause a sudden increase in vag!nal discharge, which can cause vag!nal odor.
S£X. You may notice vag!nal odors
A BAD DIET. In order for your lady part to build up beneficial flora, you need to be eating a healthy diet. Consider eating yogurt or taking a daily probiotic. According to research, these can help eliminate the funky smell.
PREGNANCY. Mommy Edition also states that during pregnancy, many of vitamins and minerals are passed along to your baby, and this can throw off the pH levels in your lady part.
OTHER FOODS. WebMD lists garlic, onion, asparagus and curry as foods that can cause vag!nal odor. Fertility Chef says you should add coffee, alcohol, and the tropical fruit durian to this list.
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