Women's Health

Why Does My Vagina Smell So Bad?

Naturally, no vagina is odourless like fresh air or distilled water. But neither are they supposed to smell as nice as you wished they did nor as bad as you think they do.

Vaginas are bound to always give off certain odours which may vary with the vaginal biology and may not be all that pleasant to perceive.

Different Vaginal Odours

Fleshy like raw meat.

This smell arises from the tenderness and dampness of the vaginal flesh.
Also, the inside or canal of the vagina is equally as raw and moist, therefore contributing to that fleshy odour.

Metallic like rusty iron.

The smell is perceived during menstruation. Vagina also serves to drain out menstrual blood, and generally, blood has this metallic smell and taste due to the presence of iron in its composition.

In fact, any vaginal bleeding adds to this metallic odour of the vagina.

Foul like body odour.

This smell results from the accumulation of sweats mixed with diets and dead skin around the vaginal area.


In other words, when sweats are left for too long down there, they accumulate into a mixture with an offensive odour that is almost similar to an unwashed armpit.

Pungent like a chemical.

A typical cause of this smell is usually from the buildup of drops of urine in your underwear or around your vaginal flesh.

The vagina is located in-between two other openings; anus for faeces and urethra for urine.

The vulva
Shows that pee does not come out from the vagina

Urine contains ammonia which when concentrated around your vaginal, produces that “stinking” odour.

Also, a normal vagina has a pH value below 7, so pardon that occasional acidic smell.

Terrible like a dead fish!

This smell is strong enough to choke and even cause nausea. I mean, it is almost like something crawled up in there and died!

There are three (3) common causes of this particular odour, namely;

Bacterial vaginosis. Otherwise called B.V, occurs when the natural environment of the vagina is disturbed.
This alteration is usually from the introduction of foreign material or substances into the vagina which then leads to a depletion of the healthy vaginal bacteria and an excessive increase of unhealthy bacteria.

The fishy smell from B.V worsens when the vagina gets in contact with semen, thus, most noticeable after sex.

Trichomoniasis. This is a sexually transmitted disease. It has nothing to do with the vaginal bacteria, instead, a parasite (Trichomonas vaginitis) is introduced into the vagina through unprotected sex with an infected person.

The most perceived symptom of this condition is, of course, the fishy odour from the vagina.

A forgotten tampon. This means exactly as it sounds.
When a tampon is left on for too long especially during heavy menstruation day(s), that mixture of blood, drops of urine, dead cells and tissues with the tampon material is bound to give off a very strong stinking smell over time.

Prevention & cure

  • Wipe the vaginal area with a tissue or clean cloth after urinating.
  • Change your tampons as at when due.
  • Don’t just change your tampon, always clean the vaginal area before wearing a new one.
  • Avoid too much consumption of odoriferous foods like onions, garlic, etc.
  • No douching.
  • Clean around the vaginal opening only i.e. don’t wash the inside.
  • Avoid using heavily scented soaps to wash around there.
  • Use bar soaps instead or just wipe with a clean damp cloth.
  • Stay faithful to one partner or/and use condoms to prevent Trichomoniasis.
  • Hairs are notorious for housing dirt, moisture and germs. So shave pubic hairs especially when they get bushy. It’s not like they won’t grow back again.
  • Avoid tight underwears especially the ones made of less breathable fabrics like satin, silk, polyester, etc.
  • Wear underwears made of 100% cotton because they permeate more air to the groin.
  • Don’t forget to go commando once in a while.
  • Staying hydrated will help reduce the concentration of ammonia in your urine and therefore, reducing your chances of vaginal odour from urine droppings.
  • The two first smells mentioned above are completely normal but the rest should be shown more concern.
  • Aside from the STD and B.V, the rest can be treated with good hygiene and a healthy diet.
  • Make sure to see your doctor especially when any of these smell is accompanied by genital itching and painful urination.

Last note;

Vaginas are “self-cleaning” organs just like the eyes.

How often do you put soap in your eyes to wash them, with maybe, sponge when they seem dirt?

I guess not.

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    • BUFFMYHEALTH WRITER says:

      Hi Princess, you can click on the “go commando.” It has a link that would take you to its meaning.

      Thanks for your comment. ☺

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