1. Musky

What it means: Your vagina is healthy! The musky smell is caused by the surrounding sweat glands. Carry on!

2. Metallic

What it means: You just had your period or contact with semen. The change of pH causes the scent. This should be temporary. (If not, see your doctor.)


3. Fishy

What it means: You might have bacterial vaginosis. It's a type of vaginal inflammation from the overgrowth of bacteria in your vagina.

Bacterial vaginosis can be caused by unprotected sex or frequent douching.

Treatment: Antibiotics. (Although bacterial vaginosis can go away without any treatment.)

4. Bread-y

What it means: You might have a yeast infection.

Yeast infections are very common. They're not usually serious, but they can bother you. Your vagina feels itchy or sore. Some women have a thick, clumpy, white, and odorless discharge when they have a yeast infection.

Treatment: Vaginal or oral medicine.

Only use non-prescription vaginal yeast infection medication without a doctor's diagnosis if you:

- are not pregnant.

- are sure you have a yeast infection.

- haven't been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection.

- are not having multiple, recurrent infections.

5. Sour or stale

What it means: Trichomoniasis. It's a sexually transmitted disease, and the most curable STD in young, sexually active women. It usually comes with a yellow green, frothy vaginal discharge. You experience painful urination, vaginal itching, and a very rare case of lower abdominal pain. (These symptoms appear within five to 28 days of exposure.)

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Treatment: Antibiotics.

While you're getting treated for trich, make sure you avoid sex until your treatment is finished and the symptoms have gone.

6. Onion or garlic

What it means: You ate pungent food.

Within 24 to 48 hours of eating pungent food, your discharge should be back to normal.

Treatment: Take a bath. Wash your vagina with soap and water.

7. Sweet

What it means: You ate citric fruits!

Oranges, pineapples, and other citric fruits can sweeten the smell (and taste) of your vagina.

8. Something rotten.

What it means: You forgot to remove your tampon!

Treatment: See your doctor immediately.

Remember: The urethra, the vagina, the vulva, and the anus are close together in women. Sometimes what you smell may not even come from your vagina; you might be smelling your urine or your feces. In any case, when you've been smelling something funky, consult your doctor.

Sources: Web MD, Mayo Clinic, Teen Vogue, Bustle

From: cosmo.ph

PHOTO: Pixabay

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