A Jill-of-all-trades, Lillian Downey is a certified Responsible Sexuality Educator, certified clinical phlebotomist and a certified non-profit administrator. She's also written extensively on gardening and cooking. She also authors blogs on nail art blog and women's self esteem.
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A healthy vagina has no singular smell. Every woman has her own unique scent, and the odor can change throughout the month. Potential causes like sweating, infection, and sexually transmitted disease can all be cleared quickly and easily with a few lifestyle changes and antibiotics.
Ready for some truth? All vaginas smell. That's right: It's totally normal to have some kind of scent down there, and no matter what soap commercials tell you, it shouldn't be a light floral one. But if you're concerned about how your genitals smell, know you're not alone.
Most of the time, the vagina simply exists without much fanfare or drama. It just is. At other times, however, it creates some confounding questions about your health.
Here's a fun fact: Vaginas are meant to smell like And while their natural scent might not be something you'd want in Diptyque candle form, it is what it is. That said, certain vaginal odors can indicate things like infections, especially if they come with a side of discharge that's a different color, consistency, or amount than what you're used to, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG.
Vaginas are supposed to smell. In the meantime, here are six common vaginal odors and what they might be trying to tell you. Garlic, onions, or another type of food.