How to Get Rid Of Vaginal Odor

vaginal odor

ACOG (American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology) reports that around 9 out of every 10 women experience an unusual vaginal odor at least once in their lifetime.  The ACOG states that feminine odor changes throughout your normal monthly menstrual cycle, and is subject to outside situations such as the presence of bacteria, foods that you eat, or hormonal functions. Vaginal odor to a certain degree is absolutely normal!

Vaginal odor is an embarrassing problem that can hugely affect your self confidence. Moreover, vaginal infections also affect the quality of your sex life. Vaginal odor can be a tough problem for both partners in a relationship. It can be embarrassing for the female, and frustrating for the male. Vaginal odor will affect almost every woman at some time in her life.

Understanding vaginal odors symptoms and causes can help you identify whether there is a need to see a physician right away, or whether you should look for natural methods to treat at home.

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Symptoms of vaginal odor

  • A kind of metallic smell comes from the vagina.
  • Often the odor may also smell like fish.
  • Itchy feeling in the vagina.
  • Burning sensation in the vagina.

Causes of vaginal odor

Vaginal odor is almost always associated with an infection. There are several causes of vaginal odor but 95% of vaginal odor is caused by an infection that causes bacterial vaginosis (BV).

Even unprotected sex which can lead to sexually transmitted disease (STD) can also be the cause behind vaginal odor. Eating spicy foods and taking certain medications can also result in an unpleasant odor. Even something as simple as a new detergent for washing your underwear can cause itching, irritation, and vaginal odor. Shaving the hair around your vagina can also result in a strong odor as it will irritate the region and cause it to itch. Some other contributing factors include pregnancy, smoking, use of contraceptives in improper procedures.

Some easy ways to get rid vaginal odor

If you are looking for ways to get rid of vaginal odor, then you will be happy to know that there exist several solutions.

  • Avoid douching the vagina as it can cause irritation. Douching can alter the balance of healthy bacteria in your vagina, causing other bacteria to grow and create a foul vaginal odor.
  • Avoid using fragrant body washes and soaps as such products contain too many chemicals and fragrances that can actually make your vagina produce more discharge that gives off the unpleasant odor.
  • Washing your vagina with warm water and a mild soap can also resolve the problem to a great extent.
  • Choose cotton underwear as panty hose and any synthetic material will block air flow to your vaginal area. Loose cotton garments will give the region more ventilation, which will help get rid of vaginal odor. Also try to change your underwear every single day.
  • Also try to wear a panty liner. A thin, scented panty liner can absorb vaginal discharge and sweat and thus help a lot to get rid of the unpleasant odor.
  • Make it a habit to include fresh fruits and leafy vegetables in your daily diet. Within a few weeks the problem of vaginal odor will be resolved. At the same time avoid spicy and starchy foods, and alcohol and caffeinated beverages as such items can increase the amount of yeast in your vagina and thus worsening your condition.
  • Drink eight to ten glasses of water daily to keep your body well hydrated body and to keep your body free from bad toxins and harmful bacteria.
  • Before and after having sex, wash the genital area in order to keep the area clean and to avoid infection.
  • During menstruation, change the bandage after 3-4 hours or if it is wet. Avoid using tampons because it is unhygienic and can spread bacteria or promote the growth of bacteria in the vagina.

Natural solutions to get to rid of vaginal odor

There are many easy solutions to treat vaginal odor at home with the help of easily available ingredients from your kitchen.

  • Regular consumption of fenugreek helps to balance the body hormones, promotes regular menstrual cycles and keeps the inner body system healthy. All these factors help to reduce vaginal odor.
  • Yogurt contains lactobacillus which helps to restore the normal vaginal pH level. With balanced pH level there can never be the problem of vaginal odor. Try to eat at least two cups of unsweetened, plain yogurt daily.
  • White vinegar can neutralize odors and so when suffering from vaginal odor you must try white vinegar rinse. Add half cup of white vinegar and salt to your lukewarm bath water and soak yourself in it for a few minutes.
  • Garlic, a kind of natural antibiotic can also help to deal with vaginal odor. Just eat garlic in raw or cooked form on an empty stomach with one glass of warm water daily for one or two weeks.
  • The natural anti-bacterial property present in apple cider vinegar can also be used in the treatment of vaginal odor. In a bath tub, add some warm water and apple cider vinegar and use it to take a long bath and soon the problem will be solved.

Final Words:

When trying to deal with vaginal odor, you must follow some of the above mentioned tips. Also try to have patience and follow the tips religiously for a few weeks in order to see positive results. However, if you notice a sudden change in your vaginal odor, which is accompanied with pain and discomfort – you may need to seek medical attention.


  1. Getz

    August 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Thank u so much for the advice its not too smelly but hav de metalic smell atleast now I knw de cause,how solve it and how to prevent it. Thank you

  2. Jojo

    August 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    How wonderful.. I have just smelled it like 30 minutes ago and i got so worried. Now i know what to do. God bless you.

  3. Tiffany Parker

    August 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    My bf is coming out to see me but I noticed I have a little odor what should I do ?

    • rachel

      August 25, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Tell him to come and see you and kindly return straight away !

  4. tina

    August 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Can i just use salt?

  5. june

    August 31, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Well i amb going to try it bcuz i am suffering real bad. Thank for the advice

  6. Lee

    February 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I’m a teenager and soon I’ll be attending my prom please help ..

  7. Loren

    July 14, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    First thing I’d do is see your GYN. Make sure that there isn’t a serious issue there first. If everything checks out, I’d look into some natural ways of dealing with this problem.

    For me I started looking into fruits and vegetables that help. Grapefruit and pineapples help a lot. There are also vitamins that help but none really showed any type of change for me.

    Then after spending a few hours on the net I came across this natural supplement for women’s needs and care called balance complex for women.

    I’ve been let down before by supplements promising the world. This type of issue is especially embarrassing and I’m just thrilled this has been working so far.

    Would tell any lady to not hesitate and give this a try, will change your life.

  8. Robby

    December 10, 2014 at 4:21 am

    If you wash your vulva, use warm water only. Do NOT use any kind of soap, especially between the outer lips (labia majora) as it may irritate the skin, which is more like mucous membrane than skin. Wipe the vulva with a soft cotton cloth. Toilet paper and other disposable paper products are made of ground-up wood fiber, that is, fine splinters! If there is an excessive amount of smegma, the whitish-yellowish cheesy stuff under the hood of your clitoris, pull the hood up, exposing the clitoris. Gently wipe the smegma. Don’t try to remove all of it as it is a protective coating that helps keep the glans of your clitoris soft and sensitive, and lubricates the hood so that it will slide over the glans (tip) of your clitoris.
    The skin of your pubes and vulva is not quite the same as the skin elsewhere. It is softer and more sensitive. It is more easily irritated and damaged by harsh chemicals, which chemicals may be OK for most of your skin.
    Surely the pre-pubescent look that has been in style for a number of years will pass. Irritation and infection from shaving, cutting and plucking pubic hair is becoming better understood as being caused by the abuse. Rather than applying more irritants in an effort to soothe the insulted skin, and to combat infections, and dealing with ingrown hairs, let the hair alone! Instead of bald pubes porn, look up celebration of the beauty of the bush!
    If you use pantiliners, change them several times a day, whenever there is any wetness. Pantiliners are a prime place for bacteria that produce foul odors to multiply. The stench is from the waste products of the bacteria.

  9. Rick Moss

    September 16, 2016 at 4:23 am

    I have been taking liver powder for liver cleansing for the last several months , now I can sense liver powder smell coming out of every single pores in my body, how can I get rid of the damn smell.

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