The scent of their lady parts is an issue many women avoid discussing at all costs. Deep down however, we all want our vaginas to smell as pleasant as possible, and it can be disconcerting to wonder whether or not your particular aroma is “normal.”
While every woman is different and can have a slight fluctuation in smell partially influenced by diet, in general, you should have a baseline scent that you’re intimately familiar with. There should be a healthy musky scent to it and remind you of any time you’ve gotten a good sweat on at the gym; the same signature odor you produce from a workout is the same “perfume” you should have everywhere.
Ultimately, every woman should know what her normal is so that you’ll be able to sense a difference and take immediate action. By becoming an expert on your body, you not only prevent issues but optimize your own overall well-being as well.
Here are my tips for a naturally amazing fragrance ‘down there’:
1. Get your microbiome in check.
Achieving and maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in your gut is the key to alleviating so many hormonal systems. Eating alkaline-rich foods like lemons and leafy greens may help detoxify your system, which could potentially sweeten your scent. But the bigger issue is cutting out the foods that could be causing you harm, specifically an overabundance of animal protein, sugar, dairy, and coffee, which will all negatively affect your microbiome and, consequently, your scent.
2. Avoid the wrong products.
Women are prone to using all kinds of crazy products to artificially alter the scent of their vaginas, from bizarre bath salts to heavily perfumed douches. Avoid all of these overhyped, potentially problematic products. Instead, check out the great safer options available. The safe and natural products include everything from pH-balancing and vagina-friendly wipes, condoms, lubes, and tampons.
3. Sleep pantyless.
If you’re spending the night sleeping in your tight underwear, it’s time to rethink your bedtime outfit. It is recommended sleeping at least half the month panty-free to let your lady parts breathe. And when you do wear underwear, make sure they’re made of mostly organic cotton and/or include a breathable cotton gusset. Thongs are fine, but if you’re going to wear something synthetic and lacy, save it for a romantic night when you know your knickers will be off your body and on the floor in a hurry.
4. Use the right stuff for sex.
When it comes to the actual act, be extra cautious with what you’re allowing into your body. The golden rule: If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, it doesn’t belong in your vag! Opt only for products that contain all-natural ingredients.
If something isn’t sitting well internally, you’ll have the external signs and symptoms to tip you off. Getting your vagina to smell amazing isn’t about pleasing a partner; it’s all about you and getting to a place where your body is telling you loud and clear that you’re caring for it properly. That’s a goal worth having.