Tips for an odourless vagina

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Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?

Ladies, before you get embarrassed by the foul smell of your vagina let’s get into the ‘truth time’. Vaginas can never be completely odourless. It has a natural odour that epitomizes your personal feminine smell. It’s perfectly normal and also healthy to have a distinctive smell down under. To tell you a secret, the natural smell of your vag is also a turn on for the opposite sex.

But often times due to a variety of factors the natural smell of the vagina turns into a foul stench. It’s not just embarrassing, but it’s also a cry for help coming from your vag. You need to take better care of her.
Starting from yeast infection, periods, pregnancy to your everyday diet – a lot of things mess up the health of your vagina. Knowing the root cause of why she smells the way she smells is the first step towards having an odourless vagina.

Smelly cat, smelly cat, it’s not your fault!

The foul smell of your vag doesn’t make her guilty as charged. If you are not menstruating or pregnant and don’t have any medical problem building up down there you and only you are responsible for the odour coming out from her. But baby don’t cry, we all have been there. A few changes in your everyday routine and following a simple hygiene schedule are all you need to have your vag odour free.

1. Watch your diet

You are what you eat. When you include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet you will notice a significant change in the way your vagina smells. Whole and organic greens have lots of minerals and vitamins that help you to have a sound vaginal health. Leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, cabbage etc. in the form of salads and smoothies can help prevent vaginal dryness and promote better circulation.

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2. Stay hydrated

Oh, it can’t be stressed enough! Water is the most natural way to lubricate your vagina internally, thus diminishing the foul smell. Drink enough water so that every time you pee the stream looks clear to light. If it’s yellowish then you need to drink more water. However, if you are on certain type of medication or antibiotics it can change the colour of your pee.

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3. Get trimmed

In this age and time hair vs. no hair is no longer a universal debate. You don’t need to wax your vag, but keeping the bush trimmed, dry and clean is a must for attaining better vaginal health. The more hair you have down under the more it becomes a sanctuary for bacteria overgrowth which ultimately leads to a bad odour. It’s also become difficult to clean the area well if it’s not trimmed well.

4. Say hello to probiotics

Probiotics are known to be gut-friendly, but did you know they are also your vag’s best friend? Fermented vegetables, yogurt, kimchi, kefir etc. are superfoods for keeping your vagina odour free. Adding probiotic yogurt to your everyday diet, for example, is a great way to restore the normal vaginal pH level which ultimately leads to odour free vagina.

5. Choose the right kind of underwear fabric

We know the satins and lacy ones feels wonderful on the body, looks gorgeous, but it can also cause moisture build up and restrict the air flow. While not every woman is equally sensitive when it comes to the fabric of the underwear, but if you are prone to develop yeast infections then cotton underwear is the best pick for you to keep the area dry and clean.

Final words of wisdom – don’t fall for feminine sprays (they are unhealthy and essentially a marketing trap), change your underwear every 12 hours to prevent bacteria growth, carry your own wipes when going out to clean the vag from any moisture build up and always change your underwear after workout. And repeat after me, smelly or not, all vaginas are beautiful.

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Divakara Padmappa Jain December 9, 2018 - 9:20 am

It is really very helpful, but it should rural areas also..

Sanjukta Das
Sanjukta Das May 19, 2018 - 1:12 pm

We need Sex Ed classes to teach blooming girls about it. But of course, no one wants to talk about it.

Priya Jindal
Priya Jindal May 18, 2018 - 8:53 pm

Using breathable fabrics, maintaining a healthy diet and drinking water helps. Intimate washes are a good practice too

Swati Mehra
Swati Mehra May 18, 2018 - 5:43 pm

Great tips on vaginal hygiene. Helpful

Ayushi Vaidya
Ayushi Vaidya May 18, 2018 - 3:40 pm

This is a topic that is not commonly spoken about so thanks for this article it has been informative. Vaginal odour can be very embarrassing.

Ishita Roy
Ishita Roy May 18, 2018 - 12:12 pm

Drink water and use cotton underwear. Very, very true.
V-wash is a life saver.

Tina Vashishth
Tina Vashishth May 17, 2018 - 3:57 pm

It’s difficult for us girls to find some authentic and good articles on female hygiene. And more so ‘coz its a taboo subject. While majority of girls face this, nobody openly discusses these issues.

Very helpful.

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