Your Vaginal Scents & Odors
Knowing Your Vaginal Scent and How Your Cycle Affects it.
You may have realized that your vagina has its own scent. Vaginal scent varies individually from person to person and is often influenced by environmental factors such as diet, exercise, perspiration, medications, hygiene practices, products used, and the types of fabric that are worn. Vaginal scent is completely normal and a part of your body’s natural health.
Your vaginal scent can also be affected by your menstrual cycle and its different phases. Menstruation (days 1-7) is often accompanied by a metallic scent. The follicular phase (days 7-14) often shows little significant scent or vaginal discharge. During ovulation (days 14-21), you may experience increased vaginal discharge and a slightly different scent. As you reach the luteal phase of your cycle (days 22-28), you may notice a stronger, more pungent scent. Of course, the changes in your scent are natural and may differ based on your personal cycle.
While a vaginal scent is normal, it is a vaginal odor that you should be cautious of. Different odors can be indicative of an infection or some other medical issue. A fishy odor can signify bacterial vaginosis (BV), while a fermented odor can be a sign of yeast infection. Additionally, the usage of fragrant products, douches, and wearing certain types of undergarments can also lead to an odor. Any recurrent or worsening odor or an odor associated with sex, discharge, or bleeding is best checked out by a medical professional.