Diet Many women are self-conscious about the scent of their vaginas. The vagina, just like the mouth, the skin, and other areas of the body, has a unique fragrance. Diet, health, and other factors can affect the natural fragrance, which should still not smell foul. It's neither safe nor healthy to attempt to eliminate the vagina's scent.
Newsletter Molasses to Pennies: And it seems to us like all that flowery sunshine is another example of the world getting vaginas all wrong. Just take a quick trip to your local drugstore. Widely acknowledged by the medical community as harmful to the natural balance of vaginal flora, this common tool that cleans the vagina might actually cause bacterial vaginosis instead. The truth is, your vagina is home to billions of bacteria. And the precise makeup of this bacteria changes on a daily — sometimes hourly — basis.
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Hormonal changes Hormone levels in the body change throughout the menstrual cycle, as well as during pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. These hormonal changes can affect the way the vagina smells. Vaginal odor usually becomes more noticeable when there is an increased level of the hormone estrogen in the body. This will occur when a person uses certain hormonal contraceptives as well as during ovulation and pregnancy.
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