When Should I Worry About Vaginal Odor?


Let’s cut through the stigma surrounding normal body functions women find embarrassing and talk about something every woman has experienced: vaginal odor.

When is it normal, and when should you worry?

Most of the time, vaginal odor is normal. It’s also normal for vaginal odor to change from day to day. Factors involved in vaginal odor fluctuation include hormones, menstrual cycle, and sexual intercourse. Even foods like coffee and onions can alter the smell of vaginal secretions! So rest easy, your body is just doing what it’s supposed to!

While its good to know odor isn’t cause for worry, vaginal odor can make you feel uncomfortable. Is there a secret to keeping your vagina smelling fresh?

The good news is your vagina is pretty low-maintenance. Besides practicing regular hygiene, your vagina is skilled at keeping itself clean. Doctors even recommend not performing extra-hygienic practices such as douching. 

There are instances in which vaginal odor should be concerning. STDs, STIs, Rectovaginal Fistula, bacterial infections, and vaginal or cervical cancer can also cause vaginal odor. However, vaginal odor is one of the many symptoms of these diseases. For instance, women experience painful urination, bleeding between periods, and abdominal or pelvic pain when they have contracted gonorrhea.

Watch the following video to learn more about vaginal health.

If you have any questions, always consult your doctor. And if you are concerned about an STD, Private Testing Center is here for you!

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