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Vaginal Odour

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It’s natural for women to find the foul odour coming out from the vagina very unpleasing. The odour is repelling and needs to be taken care of. The secretion of aporcine glands along with other vaginal glands are primary responsible for this characteristic odour although there might be many other reasons associated with it. However, the foul smell may emanate in absence of vaginal secretions also. We shall discuss in details in the upcoming content.

The vaginal flora protects from odour

The vaginal flora is constituted with numerous microaerophilic bacteria, one of them being the lactobacilli. These bacteria protect your vagina from harmful mircrobes. Flushing the vagina too many times with water removes this healthy flora and makes the vagina the breeding ground of pathogenic microbes. This results in infection and bad smell.

Causes of Vaginal Disorder:

Vaginal Infections

1.Bacterial Vaginosis


3.Chlamydia infection:


5.Yeast infection


7.Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Unhygienic Habits

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1.Wearing unclean panties or not changing it frequently

2.Wearing the same sanitary napkin/tampoon for very long time

3.Use of scented or perfumed vaginal creams and lotions

4.Not cleaning the private places after urination and sexual activity

5.Unprotected sex leading to infections

Food Habits

1.Eating excessive junks and fast foods

2.Overconsumption of spicy foods

3.Consumption of too much beverages

4.Smoking and over drinking alcohol and carbonated drinks  

Do you need to check with your doctor?

If you are convinced of the fact that you take utmost care of your personal hygiene yet the odour is persisting, then fix an appointment with your gynaecologist. Furthermore, a medical check up is also essential when you are experience swelling, itchiness and irritation along with the pain.

Diagnosing vaginal disorder

Your doctor will enquire you about your self-care habits in general and evaluate the symptoms carefully. He might conduct a pelvic exam to check for infections and a few more tests like wet mount test or vaginal smear test to know the exact cause behind the odour.

What to expect?

Vaginal odour is not something to worry about too much. You need to speak openly to your doctor regarding the problem you are undergoing.

Treatment for vaginal odour

1.Treatment for vaginal odour includes application of topical creams which have antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

2.Medications like fluconazole and diflucan are sometimes prescribed by your doctor

Self care activities

1.Keep yourself hydrated. Drink at least 2-3 litres of water daily to flush toxins

2.Use tea tree oil diluted in water to cleanse your private parts

3.Soak 2-3 teaspoon of fenugreek overnight in water and have the water next day

4.Avoid eating spicy and heavy foods. Stay away from alcohol

5.Wear clean underwear and change it at least 2-3 times a day

6.Make sure you wash your private parts after urinating

7.Take extra care when you are menstruating, change your pads 3-4 times a day.

8.Use medicated lotions suggested by your doctor for cleansing

Follow your doctor’s advice and take good care of your vagina to feel good about your wellness.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 05, 2015