So you’ve got a smell there and you’re not sure how it should be. Well, your lady parts are bound to have a certain scent that is very you-specific, don’t you think?

According to MD Jennifer Wider on Cosmopolitan, it is perfectly natural for your special parts to smell a certain way. And it is precisely this you-specific scent that alerts you when something is not quite right down there.

How do I know if I smell okay?

Of course you’re not supposed to smell like a rose, but then, you’re not supposed to be stinking either. As long as don’t smell like something rotting, things are most likely in good shape.

Your vagina contains a host of bacteria that help clean it up on its own.  How you smell in your femininity differs from what someone else may smell like. A no-scent scent is perfectly normal and so is a faintly-there scent. It is only when you notice a strong unpleasant scent that you should start looking into the matter.

What can cause the smelly smells?

There’s a host of reasons for you to smell ‘fishy’ over there.

  • Overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina is a major reason for that strong, unpleasant fishy smell that many women often complain of
  • Infection, spread through sex, is another cause of that unpleasant fishy smell
  • Too much sweating
  • Wearing clothes that are tight-fitting cause bacteria to get trapped on the skin
  • Poor hygiene habits
  • Urine leakage
  • Skin folds owing to weight issues that lead to accumulation of sweat, dirt and bacteria
  • Periods
  • Tampons
  • Your diet
  • Gland secretion

How do I ensure I smell good?

The glands near your vagina secrete something known as pheromones, and these scents are meant to attract your sexual partner. Trying to de-odorize could cause a serious disturbance in your vagina’s natural pH balance. This again could result in a host of gynecological problems.

A few things you could do to ensure you smell the way you should:

  • Take regular showers, especially after exercising or at the end of the day
  • Clean up regularly in the days when you get your periods and change your pad regularly, more so in the days of heavy flow
  • Change your underwear, keep it fresh and clean – opt for cotton panties on a regular basis and keep the sexy ones for special occasions
  • Exercise – this will help you stay in shape and prevent those skin folds around the area
  • Go for regular checkups to your gynecologist
  • Eat healthy – you smell like what you eat, so make sure you also include lots of fruits in your diet
  • Stay hydrated

What should I do if I smell fishy?

If the smell is really bad, you probably have a case of bacterial vaginosis (BV) and need to check with your gynecologist immediately.

Here is what you can actually do:

  • Try cleaning the area with water and unscented anti-bacterial soap. Dry up and apply some light powder
  • If you still feel that something is amiss, check with your gynecologist for a possible prescription of medication.

In very few cases, the cause of the unpleasant odor could also be vaginal or cervical cancer, so don’t delay your medical appointment.

A pregnancy & babycare writer as well as wellness believer, Debolina is always trying to bring in health and wellness into her family’s, especially her kids’, lives. With a Master’s degree in English literature, she has worked with several mothercare and babycare brands. In her free time, she helps with campaigns that work towards promoting the health and well-being of women and babies. Her experiences as a mother help her talk about busy modern-day parenting and its changing trends.