Written by~ Victoria Olanrewaju Benedict, Girl Advocate.
Feminine Odor is a strong and persistent foul smell, from the vaginal or it's discharges. Many women grow up feeling disgusted with their vaginas, with all the stigma that surrounds it. It's normal for your vagina to have a slight odor, but, a strong vaginal odor i.e a "fishy" smell, might be abnormal and could indicate a problem. This is one of the serious girl issues that people do not pay attention to, it might be because girls are not ready to open up. Well this is an opportunity to learn more about it.
There are several types of vagina odor some of which includes;
Musky- Many women report an increase in the “muskiness” of their precious bits after an intense workout, or when they are feeling sexually aroused. The musky smell can be attributed to increasing production from surrounding sweat glands or pheromones. No real cause for worries because this is totally normal.
Fishy Vagina Odor- Which happens when a harmful bacteria grows out of control, this is one particular smell that can be very disturbing for many women and it's common with females aged 15-44.
Sweat or Beer-Like Vagina Odor- This is also known as a Yeast infection. In a healthy vagina, a small amount of yeast exists naturally. Yeast infections occur when there is an overgrowth of yeasts in the vaginal environment. Intense burning, itching, or feelings of dryness usually accompany yeast infections.
Rotten odor, metallic odor, salt-like odor, chemical-like odor, bleach-like odor are also other types of feminine odor.
Affected Girls often wonder, why does my vagina smell bad? Well, it might be as a result of very poor menstrual hygiene, normal sweating can cause the odor, it might also be as a result of sexually transmitted infections, or vaginal infections. Sexual Intercourse may also change the smell of your vagina temporarily.
Feminine odor has different effects on impaired women and girls such as low self-esteem and difficulties with body image.
However, it is completely normal for your vagina to have a mild smell, a faint smell is not a cause for concern, even if you have a bad vagina odor, there are measures you can take to treat or prevent ( for those who don't have) the smell such as, adopting good hygiene measures i.e, wiping the vagina from front to back, as this would prevent fecal matters from entering the vagina. Urinating immediately after sex, as this would help prevent or treat the temporary smell sex brings. Changing underwears daily, or when the underwear is sweaty or soiled. Change menstrual products frequently, as sitting on wet pads can make one vulnerable to infections. Taking a shower after sweating, as trapped sweat can increase vaginal odor. If there is an unpleasant odor, wash the vulva with water.
NB; Inserting soap into the vagina can affect vaginal acidity, potentially leading to infections and an unpleasant odor.