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That Not So Fresh Feeling

January 28, 2018

Both men and women have a signature scent that serves as an odor “fingerprint.” This olfactory DNA is determined by factors such as genes and diet. Woman may experience variations in vaginal scent according to their menstrual cycle. Some have a more intense smell than others, but a strong, foul smell is likely a symptom of a bigger problem.

The issue could be as simple as a tampon left in place too long or poor hygiene. Or it could be a sign of a bacterial infection (vaginosis), a sexually-transmitted disease (STD), or certain kinds of cancer (such as cervical). 

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women ages 15-44, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It typically occurs in those who are sexually active, have a new or multiple sex partners, or surprisingly in ladies who douche.

“Douche” means “wash” or “soak” in French. WebMD estimates that 20-40% of American women use vaginal douche. The solution is often a mixture of vinegar and water, sometimes including baking soda. Use is highest in African-Americans and Hispanics. Despite devotees claiming that it cleanses the vagina after menstruation and eliminates unpleasant odors, there is no scientific data to support this belief. In fact, douching may cause vaginal infections—and much worse—is linked to pregnancy complications, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), and cervical cancer.

Douching is not necessary given that vaginas are self-cleaning. 

 

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