Your Vagina Doesn't Have To Smell Like A Field Of Flowers

Stop being so dyahe about how you smell down there.

Broadly reports on what your vagina should smell like, and it turns out the answer is as complex as the day is long. Every vagina is its own richly fragrant snowflake and so there isn't one correct smell. Why is this? Basically, it's a combination of billions of bacteria specific to your vag.

However, there are a few across-the-board odors that almost every vag deals with. From Broadly:

The vaginal flora work to keep your vagina's pH at 4.5, or slightly acidic. It's likely that your vagina has a slightly sour smell. There will also most likely be a slight musty smell, from sweat that builds up in the nooks and crannies of the human body. Neither of these smells should be overpowering. In a blog post on WebMD, Dr. Heather Rupe says you should be able to smell a vagina from one foot away.

One foot away! I'm gonna bust that fact out at my next dinner party. 


The smell of your vag can also be affected by what you've eaten. So, if you went crazy on some garlic fries, your lady jungle might smell slightly like a sporting game's food stall. (Although it's most likely not just your poor vagina's fault; pungent ingredients also affect the smell of urine.)

Two smells to be wary of? The smell of fish could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis, and any "rotten" smell could be a sign that a tampon or tampon bits have overstayed their welcome. Either way, go see a doctor so you can get right with your vagina. 

TL/DR: Garlic breath isn't just something your mouth suffers from, your vagina is a wonderland of wide variety of interesting odors, and it's probably totally normal unless it's too fishy or garbage-y. If so, go see a gynecologist so your vagina can live to tackle its next dick (or dildo) (or fist) (or whatever you're into; it's cool). 

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.


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