For the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that I smell down there. I only have a little discharge, nothing that seems that out of the ordinary. I don’t know what it could be and I’m freaking out. Why do I have a strange odor down there?


It’s normal for your down there area to have an odor. Every girl experiences it, despite the fact that no one ever talks about it. Depending on what you eat and what you do all day (exercising will give you a deeper scent), that smell might vary each day. However, even though odor down there is normal, there are some times when you may need to get things checked out.

If you notice a strong fishy smell down there, it could be the sign of an infection like bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial infections like these occur when your pH balance is out of whack, usually after you have s@x. They’re not serious, but it is still something you should get checked out. If you notice a weird, almost bread-like smell, it could be a yeast infection. However, a yeast infection includes chunky discharge, which you said you aren’t experiencing, so that’s probably not an option here.

Some STDs can cause a weird smell down there, and while it usually comes with other symptoms (such as painful urination or weird discharge), it’s always worth getting tested. A funky odor could also mean pelvic inflammatory disease. All of these things need to be taken care of, so if you think your symptoms line up, see a doctor immediately.

However, there are other less threatening reasons that you smell down there. Like I said, exercise or physical activity can make your scent stronger. When you have your period, or right before you get it, you might notice that things are a little off. Using a different condom or lube could give your v@g!na a “bleachy” smell. Even something as simple as eating a lot of citrus fruits can change things – this can make your vay-jay-jay smell sweater. Or, it could be none of those things, and the scent could just be from poor hygiene.

So, what should you do if you’ve ruled out an infection or an STD? You can deal with an annoying smell down there by keeping clean. Wash that area only with water and a little sensitive soap – don’t douche or try anything crazy. Your v@g!na is self-cleansing, so all you really need to do is make sure you’re showering regularly. You can also watch your diet. Yogurt is great for a healthy v@g!na, while too much sugar is bad. And while there’s no scientific proof, a lot of women swear that eating pineapple makes things smell better. Also, make sure you’re always wearing fresh, clean underwear.

In the end, if nothing is wrong, don’t stress. You probably notice the odor more than anyone else!