Common Causes of Vaginal Odors
The vagina, in contrary to what is popularly known, is actually an internal organ. It is the passage that leads from the vulva (external genital organs) to the uterus (womb).
Studies have shown that it is our body’s natural process to produce a certain scent that would attract the opposite sex. The vagina is supposed to have a scent. As female species, our body produces hormones which in turn set off a scent that triggers a certain part of the brain of the male species that make them attracted to women. This is one of the reasons why men run away as fast as they can when they get turned off by a woman’s smell.
Each woman has a distinct vaginal smell. When you notice a recent difference in its smell, don’t panic! Not all changes in smell can be pathological. It may be caused by a number of things. These are some common non-pathological causes of change in odor:
A specific phase of your menstrual cycle. Different levels of certain hormones can cause variety in your scent. Poor Hygiene. Too much cleaning of your cherries can cause infection but insufficient efforts to keep it clean (especially after peeing) will definitely make your cherries smell rotten. So make sure you wash it daily. Retained tampons. “Forgotten” tampons, besides risking you to some infections, will definitely produce a pungent smell over time. Is it really that hard to remember that something is inside your beaver? Sweat. Women (as well as men) sweat in this area. And much like sweat in the underarms, it is constantly trapped which causes it to produce bacteria and an unpleasant smell. You have to avoid the build up of the smell by washing or wiping your vajayjay in the middle of your day. Some ladies also say that shaven hair can decrease the production and accumulation of the smell. Funky Urine. If your urine ranks, the stink will definitely ‘hang around’. And that can mix with your natural vaginal odor which can lead to an unpleasant stench. So you have to figure out what is causing your urine to reek, you can start with inspecting your: Diet. Studies show that our scent can also vary depending on what we eat and drink. Do some research.
If you think that your kitties have odor problems, and you suspect that it is not pathologically inclined, you should check your habits then make some necessary changes.
However, if the odor changes dramatically and becomes strongly unpleasant (repugnant, pungent and fishy odor), this change should be given utmost and immediate attention. This change could have been caused by a serious vaginal infection or a disease.
Here are some common pathologic causes of a concerning vaginal odor:
Bacterial vaginosis –also known as vaginal bacteriosis. It is a disease of the vagina caused by bacteria. BV is caused by an imbalance of naturally occurring bacterial flora and can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. (ref: Wikipedia) Yeast infection (vaginal) – also known as Candidiasis. It is a fungal infection of the vulva may cause severe itching, burning, soreness, irritation, and a whitish or whitish-gray cheese-like discharge, often with a curd-like appearance. (ref: Wikipedia) Gonorrhea- is a sexually transmitted infection that affects the genital mucous membranes. Infected women can be asymptomatic. Symptoms can also include pain while urinating, pus discharge and/or pelvic pain. If untreated, may lead to serious complications. (ref: Bantam Medical Dictionary) Chlamydia- is a sexually transmitted infection. Chlamydia is known as the “Silent Epidemic” because in women, it may not cause any symptoms in 75% of cases, and can linger for months or years before being discovered. Symptoms that may occur include vaginal bleeding or discharge, abdominal pain, painful sex, painful urination. (ref: Wikipedia) Trichomoniasis-sometimes referred to as “trich”, is a sexually transmitted disease. Symptoms include inflammation of the cervix, urethra, and vagina which produce an itching or burning sensation. Discomfort during intercourse and urination. There may also be a yellow-green, itchy, frothy foul-smelling vaginal discharge. Symptoms are most common in women than men. (ref: Wikipedia) Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – an acute or chronic condition in which the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries are infected. The inflammation is the result of an infection spreading from an adjacent infected organ or a complication from the previous diseases mentioned above. PID is a vague term and can refer to viral, fungal, parasitic, though most often bacterial infections. The main sign is lower abdominal pain that may at times be severe. (ref: Bantam Medical Dictionary)
Less common yet more WORRYING pathologic causes:
Cervical cancer- cancer of the Cervix Vaginal cancer- cancer of the Vagina Rectovaginal fistula- is a medical condition where there is a fistula or abnormal opening connecting the vagina and the rectum which allow both feces and flatulence to escape through the vagina which causes the foul odor. (ref: Wikipedia) Uterine artery embolization- is a procedure where a catheter is used to deliver small particles that block the blood supply to the uterine body. Post-Embolization Syndrome (PES) occurs after the procedure and is characterized by acute and/or chronic pain, temperatures of up to 102 degrees, malaise, nausea, vomiting and severe night sweats. Foul vaginal odor coming from infected, necrotic tissue which remains inside the uterus. (ref:Wikipedia)
As ladies, however our v-gins may smell, we should always be hygienic and careful with them. Adequate sanitation, proper diet, vigilant attention and choosing the right products and treatments you expose your vagina to, can help them stay healthy and your odor “natural and attractive”. Besides, they are the divas when it comes down to making love with someone. So why not, give them the celebrity treatment, ayt?