In this day and age, it's incredible how much time we spend trying to modify the body's natural smells. If we actually paid attention to what the smells mean in the biological instead of aesthetic sense, we might actually learn something.
In Dr. Lulu Marquez's "Private Nights" aired by DZMM, she clarified that vaginal odor is normal. However, years of conditioning has taught us that any smell coming from the body, especially a woman's, is bad. Here are the only odors you should be wary of when it comes to the feminine area:
ODOR WITH DISCHARGE
One of the most common symptoms of cervical cancer is a strong, foul odor coming from the vagina. If your private area is also expelling discharge, this may also be a sign of STD's like syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
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ODOR AFTER INTERCOURSE
A woman's area has a naturally acidic pH level which reacts to seminal fluid which is alkaline-based. During intimate times, this may cause some funky smells. Good news: if you abstain from intercourse, this will not happen to you.
Marquez also gave tips as to how to keep one's intimate area healthy:
1. Visit your gynecologist regularly, not njust when you feel something out of the ordinary.
2. Do not self-medicate.
3. Avoid tight underwear which promotes sweaty private areas.
4. Change your tampon or napkin regularly when on your period.
5. The vagina has a natural cleaning process. Plain water is fine if you feel the need to "wash" some more.