Fact: Your vaginal area has a lot of sweat glands. And we all know what happens when we sweat. Vaginal odor happens to all of us, but it shouldn’t stop you from doing you. So the next time you’re wondering if you’re the only fragrant woman in Pilates, know that you’re not and that there’s no shame in your game. When you do want a freshness solution, we’ll help you find one.


Vaginal odor is completely normal, however it can also be your body telling you something’s up. Answer these questions to get a better sense of your scent.

Have you noticed a difference in your typical vaginal odor?

  • No. (Does every woman have a typical vaginal odor?)
  • For the record, every vagina has its own unique scent. Every. Single. One. That said, it’s perfectly OK to seek out solutions to help you feel confident in intimate settings and beyond, no matter your scent.
  • Yes.
  • You probably have a good sense of what is typical for you, which helps in detecting a change. Your unique scent can be affected by a few things, including the normal bacteria in your vagina, diet, medication, fabrics, hygiene, bathroom habits and gland secretions. Working out, having sex and menstruation are also likely causes of a noticeable change. However, if you notice a strong, fishy odor it could be the sign of an infection, and we recommend consulting your doctor.


Every vagina may have a natural odor, but there are a few things you can do to prevent that odor from turning into an unpleasant one: keep the vaginal area clean and dry, avoid using harsh soaps, laundry detergents and fabric softeners on your body, avoid colored or perfumed pads or toilet paper, wear cotton panties and change your underwear daily, avoid tight and binding clothing—especially in the crotch area, change out of wet clothing ASAP, and gently wash the area by wiping or washing from front to back (vagina to anus) after urinating or having a bowel movement.

Dr. O “What is Vaginal Odor and is It Normal?”(2:08)

Gynecologist Dr. Althea O’Shaughnessy gets real about vaginal odor and its causes.

Is it normal for my vagina to have odor?

Yes. A million times yes. All vaginas have a unique scent, which can be made more pronounced by things like sex, sweating or having your period. Your nose will be able to tell you when your natural smell wears off.

Why does my vagina have a bad odor?

There’s no shame in asking! While yeast infections are not accompanied by a strong odor, Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Trichomoniasis (Trich) are. BV is a common infection caused by the overgrowth of natural bacteria that reside in the vagina and is often accompanied by itching, white-gray discharge and a strong, fishy odor. Trich is the most common, curable STD and is usually accompanied by itching, burning, redness and a frothy, yellow-green discharge. If you experience either of these symptoms, we recommend you consult your doctor.

Is vaginal odor serious?

That all depends. When your typical vaginal scent smells unusual or is accompanied by itching, burning or discharge, it could be the sign of an infection and a good time to consult your doctor or a healthcare professional. However, many harmless things can affect your scent like diet, medicine, sweat, fabric and hygiene. Regardless of its cause, odor is nothing to be ashamed of. We have plenty of solutions to help you feel confident!

We Have Odor Solutions

Deodorant Powder

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Odor Block® Wash

24-hour odor protection for all-day confidence

pH Balance Wash

Clinically proven to help maintain a healthy pH balance

Sensitive Plus Wash

Designed to gently cleanse, soothe and moisturize sensitive skin

Scentsitive Scents® Peach Blossom Daily Intimate Wash

Light, fruity skin-friendly scent for all-day freshness

Scentsitive Scents® White Jasmine Daily Intimate Wipes

Alluring skin-friendly scent for all-day freshness you can take with you

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Scentsitive Scents® Spring Lilac Daily Intimate Wash

A sweet and floral skin-friendly scent for all-day freshness

SCENTSITIVE SCENTS® White Jasmine Dry Wash

On-the-go freshness


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SCENTSITIVE SCENTS® Peach Blossom Dry Wash

On-the-go freshness


pH-friendly for vaginal skin