While many women do not like the smell of their own vajayjay, the fact of the matter is that a healthy vajayjay doesn’t smell bad.
A healthy vajayjay naturally contains a wealth of bacteria which keep it in working order and clean, much like your other internal organs.
Truly bad vaginal odor is a result of infections or bacterial imbalances and you should see a doctor to solve this problem.
Below are 12 ways to keep your vagina fresh and healthy and smelling normal.
1. Wash Regularly
You need to shower and wash yourself regularly to smell good. How often that is will depend on your body because everyone is different. However, you will probably need to wash at least every two or three days. Washing yourself will help combat a buildup of bacteria on the skin, which causes odor just like it does anywhere else on the body.
2. Use The Correct Soaps
Your vagina is very sensitive. Using the wrong types of soap can cause irritation and bad odor. Avoid soaps which are heavily perfumed, contain too many unnatural ingredients, or have antibacterial properties. These upset the natural balance of your body. Instead, use natural soaps which are labeled as being fragrance-free.
3. Don’t Douche
The only time you should douche wash out your vagina is if your doctor tells you to. Douching creates a terrible imbalance of your body’s natural bacteria and will almost guarantee that you end up with some kind of infection. The only cleaning that you will need to do will be with basic soap and water on the outside of your body.
4. Use Products Carefully
Be careful about the products that you use around your vagina. Using lubricants that are not water or silicone based can cause infections, and you should always clean lube off once you’re done using it.
Anything with heavy fragrance can cause infections easily, so avoid feminine products which aim to make your vagina smell like flowers. This includes lotions.
5. Wear Clean, Fresh, Correctly Fitting Underwear
This is a very important part of keeping your vagina clean and healthy. Wearing the same set of underwear for more than 24 hours may quickly create an imbalance of bacteria.
You will also want to wear the right type of underwear. Your underwear needs to breathe, since an overly moist environment will cause bacterial buildup. Cotton is best. Make sure you do laundry, it can get messy.
6. Use Perfume
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Yes, using perfume too close to your vagina is a bad idea. However, putting a dab of perfume on the inside of each of your thighs, roughly six inches from the vulva area, is a time-honored way to smell amazing when anyone puts their head down there.
You partner will associate musky smells with sex since this is the type of smell you have naturally so try to get a perfume which is generally musky. Sandalwood and vanilla are common sexy smells.
7. Try Trimming Or Shaving
Pubic hair does not cause odor in that area, but can create an environment that harbors bacteria if not cleaned properly. It is unlikely that shaving your pubic hair will affect odor if cleaned properly but if you want to reduce the likelihood of this being a problem, you can shave your pubic hair or keep it cut short.
Keeping it cut short is a better option when it comes to odor as as stubble can cause skin irritation and invite infections, plus it is itchy and uncomfortable including for your partner in many sexual situations.
8. Watch Out For Infections And Diseases
These are the major causes of serious vaginal odor. Examples of such infections and diseases include yeast and bacterial infections the most common causes, STIs, STDs, or viruses like herpes.
Even much more serious problems like some kinds of cancer or internal ruptures can cause vaginal odor. You will need to monitor your body for other signs of illness and if you really feel that your vaginal odor is unnatural, see your doctor.
One thing to look out for are unusual discharges from your vagina. Brown, green, or chunky white discharges are signs of infection and you should go see your doctor as soon as possible. Just remember that some discharge is normal and healthy but it should not smell.
9. Be Aware That Certain Sexual Practices Cause Vaginal Odor
Any introduction of foreign bacteria can upset the delicate balance in your vagina and so sexual practices can have an effect.
Certain practices in particular can set off a reaction, namely anal sex before vaginal sex, oral sex, and the use of objects or food as penetrative methods. If you wish to engage in these practices, use protection like a condom and change it in between activities.
10. Check For Foreign Objects
Foreign objects lodged in the vagina will cause your body’s immune response to react and try to attack the object. This can cause bad odor as well.
Tampons that have been forgotten or left in for too long, pieces of a broken condom, or objects used in sexual play are examples of such causes for odor.
11. Be Careful To Practice Proper Hygiene
Improper hygiene can lead to a buildup of bacteria around your vagina and vulva. This will cause odor, though it may not necessarily cause an infection. If you want to reduce odor, keep yourself and your clothing clean. Lose clothing can prevent smell too.
12. Avoid Hot Baths And Hot Tubs
Surrounding your vagina with hot water will kill much of your body’s natural bacteria which preserves the delicate balance of your vagina.