Before anything else, it is obvious that your vagina has and will always have a certain smell despite all the nonsense that companies specialized in feminine hygiene tell you. In reality, a healthy vagina has an odor whose intensity and subtlety change throughout the month.
Some women naturally have a stronger vaginal odor than others. Heavy perspiration or unprotected intercourse (with ejaculation) can also temporarily change the smell of your sex.
This natural smell indicates that your vagina is healthy and that the pH level is balanced, but sometimes a change in odor could be the signal that something is wrong. An unusual smell may simply be due to the end of your period, but it may also be caused by a forgotten tampon or bacterial infection, which is far more serious.
How do you know which odor is normal and which is not? You must learn to know your inner part and familiarize yourself with what your body releases to learn to make a difference. An alarming odor is usually accompanied by other symptoms such as itching, redness, strong secretions and urine that smells strong.
How to interpret a fishy smell? Bad sign.
A strong fishy odor can be a telltale sign of the two most common vaginal infections in young women: bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. The first is not a sexually transmitted disease but an infection related to the imbalance of the vaginal flora, although it can be related to relationships with a new companion. Trichomoniasis, on the other hand, is the most common sexually transmitted (and curable) infection in developed countries. It is caused by a parasite, trichomonas vaginalis. Both infections have a bad odor, often with white or gray secretions. Both are easily curable using antibiotics prescribed by a specialist. It is also possible that these infections appear in the same aspect as fungal infections, the only way to differentiate them is their more intense odor.
How to interpret a metallic smell? Probably nothing nasty.
The smell of metal is very common, especially after your menstrual period or, if you have been in close contact with sperm. Both factors can change the pH of the vagina, normally acidic, to a more basic pH. This odor is normally temporary, but if it persists for a long time and is accompanied by irritation or abnormal secretions, go to your gynecologist.
How to interpret a smell of yeast or bread? Bad sign.
Often, fungal infections do not smell, but they are manifested by other symptoms: white and dense losses, itching and so on. However, in some cases, the vagina emits a faint smell of bread, similar to moisture. This one will never be the only indicator of a fungus but it can help you detect this infection of bacterial vaginosis or others.
How to interpret a smell of musk? Probably nothing nasty.
This scent is stronger than the one usually released by your vagina and is due to excessive sweating, tight pants, or synthetic undergarments. These last two prevent the skin from breathing which leads to the emission of a more pronounced odor. Rinse with clear water or a neutral soap and prefer cotton panties to get rid of this scary smell but inconvenient.
How to interpret a smell of rotten? Bad sign.
If your body suddenly has a strong smell of rot, go immediately to a gynecologist or obstetrician. This is certainly not a good sign and could indicate a tampon that remained in your vagina after your last period, something that happens much more often than you might imagine.
Never be shy about talking about your intimacy with your doctor because he is there to help you without judging your lifestyle or hygiene.