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Is a vagina supposed to smell?!


Ever since I've started puberty (about 7 years ago), I've noticed that my vag has an odor. It's not particularly "fishy" but it certainly isn't rose petals. I can smell it when I spread my legs, but I don't know if anyone else can smell it. There is no discharge, and after reading the symptoms of certain infections (i.e., yeast, etc.), I don't think it's any of that. Is this normal? I could use all the advice I can get. Please & thank you.
Nov 23, 2012 @ 06:01 pm

7 Replies


product issue

No, I dont think it is supposed to smell.
If you are sure you don't have an infection (because that could be why) you should try switching whatever soap or bodywash you are using for down there. As it is a sensitive area, you have to be careful about the type of products you use down there. It has to have the right PH balance, or it will make weird stuff happen.

I dont know what products you are using now, but switch them for a week to another brand and see if there are any changes. Aim for something not strongly scented and not very harsh.. I know people tend to think using something very strong will fix a problem like this, it can actually make it worse. As there is natural bacteria down there that is NOT unhealthy, and some amount of it needs to be there, using something super strong will mess with your natural PH balance, and your body will over produce bacteria in an attempt to bring your PH balance to its normal level, which can cause unpleasant odours.

So yeah, try switching to a milder, maybe unscented soap for that area and see if it makes any difference. But give it about a week for your body to adjust to the new product.
Nov 26, 2012 @ 09:14 pm


If there is an odor, there is a pH imbalance taking place most likely. Another thing to be aware of is that bacterial vaginosis does not always display symptoms.
Jan 05, 2013 @ 09:23 pm

i mean

Correction, I mean symptoms that will really raise a red flag.
Jan 05, 2013 @ 09:24 pm
Ali de Bold

Check with a doctor

I know it's awkward, but Doctors have heard it all. I would make an appointment and ask about it. I agree with the other comments about trying different soaps too. Also, you should wear cotton underwear and avoid wearing pants that are too tight or made of cheap fabrics that make it hard to breathe down there.
Jan 06, 2013 @ 11:16 am

I agree

You're best to talk to your Dr, but also be careful of what you wear. Yes some underwear are prettier, but you have to consider your health over looking pretty and tight fixing pants can cause infections more often then you might think. See your Dr and bring up the PH balance with them as well, he/she will let you know for sure and they will give you peace of mind.
Jan 06, 2013 @ 01:28 pm


I agree as well. I think it's best to check with your doctor! In the meantime, you can buy feminine wipes at the pharmacy now, which can help you feel more fresh throughout the day.
Jan 08, 2013 @ 10:41 am


I agree with contacting a doctor. You may never feel exactly ok with the answers you recieve. A doctor would know best, and would be most likely place to give you peace of mind.
Feb 01, 2013 @ 01:58 am

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