Managing Vaginal Odor
Let's get one thing straight. The vagina can smell like many things, but none of them are perfumed.
There is a high expectation placed on people with vaginas to make them smell “pleasant”.
From flowery douches to vaginal perfume, people with vaginas are being bombarded with pressure to feel shame about the natural odor they produce
So, it's time to get educated on what is “normal” and how we can manage these scents to fully embrace, care for, and love our bodies.
What Causes Different Vaginal Scents?
Vaginal odor is the natural scent your vaginal produces. This can be affected by many factors such as…
- Ph Balance
- Sex life
According to Healthline, your natural odor can change due to PH imbalances, poor hygiene, changes in hormones or menstruation, bacterial growth, urine build-up, stress, STDs or STIs, or even a forgotten tampon
Of course, some odors and symptoms are very normal and healthy. However, be sure to seek out a doctor if you experience the following
- Itching or Burning
- Pain During Sex
- Thick, Cottage Cheese Discharge
- Vaginal Bleeding Unrelated to Your Period
Difference Between Normal and Unpleasant Odor
Different types of natural scents include:
- Tangy or Fermented
- Skunky or like BO
Unnatural or unpleasant odors that may be a sign of a more serious condition include fishy, rotten, spoiled, or even sourdough.
Natural Ways to Reduce Unpleasant Vaginal Odor
- Eat a balanced Diet
- Have Good and Consistent Hygiene
- Stay Hydrated
- Choose the right products
Natural and Holistic Ingredients to Help Balance your Natural Flora
Red Piper Betle Leaf
- Red Piper Betle leaf contains all essential amino acids as well as some compounds capable of breaking down all kinds of internal malfunctions: some of them are Flavonoid, Polevanolad, Alkaloid, Tannin, and Asiri oil. An alkaloid, Flavonoid, and Polevanolad are anticancerous compounds that are also antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory.
- A study by the Asian Journal of Pharesutical and clinical research found that red piper betel leaf is not only safe to use on the natural flora of the vagina but is also antibacterial and can help decrease vaginal discharge!
Curcuma Domestica (Turmeric)
- Curcuma Domestica has been used for over 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. It is also used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine to treat inflammation and skin irritations. Curcuma is also a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants can fight free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause. In addition, Curcuma lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation.
Try The Sacred Wand
If you have been struggling with balancing your vaginal odor and want to avoid harsh chemicals and conventional products
We recommend you try Sacred Wand by Awake Your Inner Body.
This wand is specially curated to assist people with Vaginas in helping balance their natural scent plus many other beneficial factors.
The wand has both Red Piper Betle Leaf and Tumeric in it, which are both proven to help fight bacteria and improve your natural flora.
They have both been proven safe to be used on the vagina as well!
Don’t Worry Too Much
Vaginas are built to be self-sufficient and the odor will change naturally. It's nothing to worry about most of the time.
However, don’t be afraid to get to know the intimate parts of you or even try a product that will help you feel more confident!
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- Kassel, G., & Holland, K. (2022, July 7). How to Get Rid of Vaginal Odor [web log]. Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-vaginal-odor#things-to-avoid.
- SRI AGUNG FITRI KUSUMA, TJITRARESMI, A. M. I., & SUSANTI, G. I. T. A. (2017, January 24). ANTIBACTERIAL EFFECT OF RED PIPER BETLE LEAF (PIPER CROCATUM RUIZ AND PAV.) ETHANOLIC EXTRACTS TO LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS AND LACTOBACILLUS BIFIDUS GROWTH INHIBITION [web log]. Retrieved September 7, 2022, from file:///C:/Users/arose/Downloads/admin,+Journal+manager,+19_AJPCR_19490_RA. pdf.
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