Unusual vaginal odor happens from time to time. Intercourse may change the smell temporarily. Your vagina cleanses itself naturally. If you leave your vagina to its own devices, it can naturally maintain a healthy pH and keep unhealthy bacteria at bay. But if you notice a stark difference in your odor, then you may be experiencing a sign of a potential problem.
Vulvar and Vaginal Care and Cleaning
Vulvar and Vaginal Care and Cleaning | Center for Young Women's Health
As far as we know, people are not going out of their way to sell us probiotics to make our feet taste better, or repackaging wet wipes into being specifically to keep your knees fresh. Women do not benefit from untested products that are not supported by basic science and rely on destructive, patriarchal messaging. Despite advocates for steaming, douching and moisturising among other things the reality is that the female genital area needs no such bells and whistles to remain clean. According to the NHS , the vagina "is designed to keep itself clean with the help of natural secretions discharge ". If these bacteria are disturbed it can lead to infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush, and inflammation. If you do want to use a product, the NHS advises using plain, unperfumed soaps or an emollient.
How to keep your vagina fresh
In fact, these products can be very irritating and can cause vaginitis. Every female has a natural vaginal scent that can change throughout her menstrual cycle. Every healthy vagina makes discharge. Normal vaginal discharge is usually clear, white, or light yellow and sometimes sticky.
Washing the vagina can lead to many problems. You might have heard that the vagina is like a self-cleaning oven — a pretty accurate metaphor. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists points out that your vagina cleans itself and keeps itself healthy by maintaining the correct pH balance and cleaning itself with natural secretions. These bacteria maintain the ideal pH balance in your vagina, which is slightly acidic. When you use soaps, sprays, or gels — and yes, even water — to wash inside your vagina, you disrupt the bacterial balance.