Why does my vagina smell?
By Attia @ Planned Parenthood | Sept. 12, 2019, 1:34 p.m.
It’s totally normal for your vagina to have a slight smell or odor. There’s usually nothing to worry about because the smell is mild and can be a sign of a healthy vulva and vagina. Often times, the scent you’re smelling is only something you can detect and not the people around you. However, if you’re noticing a strong or unfamiliar smell like a fishy or rotten odor, it’s time to pay a visit to your nurse or doctor (like the staff at your nearest Planned Parenthood). They’ll be able to find out what’s going on and get you treatment if you need it.
The best way to keep your genitals smelling healthy is to bathe regularly, wash the outside of your vulva with warm water and a little mild soap, and wear clean, dry underwear. Avoid using douches, special washes, and products with fragrances, which can cause irritation and infection.