I have a weird odor down there. I don't know what to do. I
wash myself regularly, but my mom won't let me buy any of the special feminine
hygiene washes. Help!
It can be really scary when you smell something funky down
there, but your mom is right. Feminine hygiene washes, like douches, are not
only unhealthy, but can make infections worse! Let's be clear about something
here: all vaginas have an odor. We all have a personal smell down there, but if
you have noticed a change you should not run to the nearest drugstore, but
instead see a doctor. Your body could be trying to tell you something important
and covering up the smell with flowery scents is so not a good idea!
Weird isn't a totally specific odor, but if your discharge
has changed in color this can be a sign of a prob. Also watch out for cheesy,
fishy, bread-like odors. We know it sounds gross, but it is better to be aware
of the not-so-pretty changes your body goes through than to get sick.
Your private parts have a delicate balance that can
disrupted by harsh soaps and washes. Your vagina has good bacteria that can be
flushed out by inappropriate cleanings, which can in turn cause icky
infections! You should be gentle with yourself and only wash with warm water
and a wash cloth. Your vagina cleans itself naturally and doesn't need your
help along the way. The only time you should every clean down there with
anything other than mild soap is if a doctor tells you to. Seriously girl,
drop-kick that dirty douche!
BY MARY HOJNOSKI ON 8/13/2011 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN discharge, body odor