Ever wondered how to make your vagina smell and taste good?
I think smelling fresh is important on many counts – an indication of a healthy body, improves self confidence and makes us feel good.
I can also attest that smelling fresh and tasting good definitely score points in the bedroom department too!
Yummy, but that would be a story for another time.
As always, I like to delve deep and wide (no pun intended) when I do my research, so I always like to start with the first principles.
So in this case, it would be establishing a baseline first - How does a vagina normally smells like and what does a vagina actually taste like?
What Does A Vagina Smell Like?
Turns out that how you smell and taste like is dependent on a plethora of factors. Your lifestyle, your diet, the time of the month and even what and how you wear, can make a big big difference on how you taste and smell down there.
But in general, a healthy vagina should smell slightly musky, that is pleasant, but not overwhelming.
Apparently, you should smell more alluringly musky when you are near ovulation. This makes sense because evolutionarily, you would want to attract more males at this time to improve your likelihood of conceiving.
What better way to do so than to amp up your seduction prowess by smelling really delicious?
How Does A Vagina Taste Like?
In terms of taste, since I am no contortionist and can’t bend to taste myself, I had to rely on general feedback from male friends.
Which probably topped my list for most awkward conversations, ever.
The general consensus seems to veer toward tad salty, slippery (due to saliva and discharge?) but not unpleasant. Fellatio appears to be an acquired taste for many, so the “pleasantness” is also hugely dependent on whether your beau enjoys it or not.
Then, what about the mythical nectar-like taste?
Sorry, unless you guys were engaging in food play involving chocolate syrup and/or flavored condoms, nectar is not a taste you would normally associate with vaginas.
How To Smell And Taste Good Down There
That being said, did you know that there are a few things you can do to actually make a difference to up the palatability and scent of your coochie?
Here a list of things you can do to make your private parts smell and taste good, and these tips should not take you much time to implement.
Although they may look simple, but together, they pack a punch to keep your vagina smelling good!
1. Load Up On The Citrus Fruits And Pineapples
Citrus fruits like grapefruits, oranges, lemons etc and pineapples have been known to sweeten vaginal discharge and semen alike by many anecdotal sharings.
I know my hubby is really happy when I load up on oranges and pineapples. Go figure.
These fruits are packed with vitamin C, which are powerful antioxidants and strong disinfectants.
New York based dermatologist Dr. David Colbert suggested that the acids in these fruits help to push water in our bodies, removing toxins while resulting in a pleasant and fruity scent.
A paper published in the journal, Anatomy and Cell Biology in 2013 found that rats which had higher Vitamin C intake, had higher levels of toxic metals (specifically lead) in their excretions (both urinary and fecal), as compared to those which were given low vitamin c dosage.
Another review paper in 2015 (published in the journal Nutrients) suggested that vitamin C supplementation have been shown to be effective against heavy metal toxicity in various human and animals studies.
Simply put, increasing your vitamin C dosage appears to help with your body’s detoxification, which can help to keep your body and vagina smelling fresh.
Upping your vitamin C can also boost your immunity, which is helpful in deterring infections and inflammations. When your immunity is low, you become more susceptible to infections.
Some women are particularly prone to develop vaginal infections when their immunity is low. And we all know that vaginal infections can often lead to foul odors down there.
Personally, I prefer to eat my citrus fruits for my regular maintenance dose of Vit C.
That being said, I do reach out for additional supplementation whenever I feel a cold or flu bug creeping in. This remedy was offered by a good friend (trained pharmacist) and she swears by its effectiveness.
Truth be told, I find vitamin C effervescent tablets in general too expensive, and the pill forms seem equally effective, at least for me.
However, if you are one of those that find swallowing big pills a challenge, Vitamin C effervescent tablets is really a much easier and palatable way to up your dosage.
2. Make Your Vagina Smell Good By Drinking Enough Water
While the standard guideline is to drink 8 glasses of water each day, people do differ from each other, be it in metabolism rates, and activities level.
Instead, I would recommend "drinking enough water" means when your pee looks pale yellow, or clear.
When we are dehydrated, our urine becomes acidic and makes us taste sour and smell off. The benefit of drinking enough water also means that we get to pee regularly.
helps us to flush out toxins and bacteria that makes us stink, and have the added benefits of making our complexions looking dewy. It can also help prevent and treat urinary tract infections (UTI).
Having a UTI sucks. You can develop fevers, chills, and pains all over your body.
Peeing is painful and you can really itch down there. Scratching only exacerbates the infection, and before your know it, your feminine health is in a painful stinky mess.
Did you know that drinking enough water can also boost your metabolism?
I know what you are thinking.
What has boosting our metabolism got to do with our vaginas smelling good?
Well, boosting our metabolism has been linked with improved immunity. And as established earlier, a great immune system is important for preventing infections and inflammations, especially down there.
Two published studies (1, 2) indicated that drinking 500 ml (17 oz) of water can temporarily boost metabolism by 24-30%.It was estimated by the researchers that the sheer fact of drinking 2 liters (68 ounces) water in a day can actually increase your energy expenditure by 96 calories daily!
I know drinking water can be chore sometimes, and with so many different kinds of beverages out there, water can sometimes make for a boring choice.
There are various ways you can boost your water intake.
The Koreans started this craze with fruit infusions in water for some flavored water. You can buy fancy infuser water bottles on Amazon, or you can, like me, simply just cut a few slices of lemon and prop it in the pitcher or your normal water bottle to spritz up your water.
Seltzer is also a great way to up your water intake. I know some people who love their bubbly water so much that they only drink that. You can jazz plain water up at home with a soda stream.
Like printers, the machine itself isn’t that expensive, it is the cartridges that can really add up. Here is a fabulous frugal hack by the Frugalwoods on slaying their soda stream expenses.
Another way to make sure you drink more water is to make drinking water a habit. For example, you can make it a habit to take a few sips every time you check your facebook, or before you eat something.
Make sure you have bottles of water in places you may linger around, like on your desk, or by your bedside. Make it accessible and visible so that you just can’t miss it!
Trust me, having to walk all the way to the pantry is a fantastic way to curb your water enthusiasm.
3. Get Herby
Herbs like rosemary and tea tree have been known to be powerful odor eliminators.
The French invented potpourri in the early 17th century with dried herbs and flowers to scent their living quarters, and presumingly to eliminate odors.
Poor French, they really do seem to get a bad rep for odors, huh?
Conventional and homeopathic healthcare practitioners have also been incorporating herbs in chronic wound treatments for their odor controlling properties.
A 2016 review paper in a nursing journal stated that majority of unpleasant odor are associated with bacterial colonization or infections.
The researchers found that tropical usage of essential oils from herbs like pine, peppermint and rosemary exhibit good anti-microbacterial properties that was helpful in eliminating infected wound related odor.
It is easy to bump up your daily herbal intake.
You can either incorporate a few sprigs of peppermint or rosemary in your water for some flavor, or add it to your bath for some wonderful scents.
Other herbs like parsley and mint have also been known to up the refreshing note because the strong oils they contain.
Add a few sprigs of mint to your dessert can make a difference to you smelling better down there, especially if frisky nocturnal activities are planned
Sometimes when I want to feel extra fresh, I would prepare a basin worth of rosemary water.
To do so, just pick a few sprigs of rosemary and soak it in hot water for about 10-15 minutes, or until the water reaches room temperature or warm on touch. Then sieve or just pick out the leaves, and use the water to wash your privates.
For those who don’t have access to fresh herbs, you can consider using a drop or two of essential oil in warm water to create the same above. Depending on your preference, you can either choose rosemary, tea tree oil, peppermint, eucalyptus (just to name a few).
For beginners, Natrogix has a nice 100% pure essential oil set that contains 9 different therapeutic grade essential oils, which makes for a great starter set if you are clueless on what to get.
4. Chew On It
There are certain cultures that are well known for strong food flavors cuisines (like curries, garlic infused everything food), which can inevitably impact how people smell as the strong smelling molecules from these food gets released through the eccrine glands (fancy word for sweat glands).
These same group of people also inherited invaluable knowledge on deodorization.
For example, Indians have been known to chew on fennel seeds and cardamom seeds to get rid of bad breath post meals.
The oils in the fennel and cardamom seeds have antibacterial properties, as well as help neutralize unpleasant
smelling odors and aid with digestions.
Smells don’t just exit from one spot, you know?
Just pack a few seeds in a small ziplock bag in your purse so that you can have some to chew on anytime for some immediate discreet deodorant action.
Although, I must say that chewing on these are not for the faint hearted or the picky eaters.
Proceed with caution, please.
You can start with maybe just 1 or 2 seeds to acclimatize, instead of propping a finger pinch full straight on.
5. Probiotics Rules!
According to WebMD:
“Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases.
But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or ‘helpful’ bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.”
Look for live probiotics in fermented goodies like yogurts, kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut.
These foods are usually fermented with lactic acid bacteria.
Lactic acid bacteria converts sugars into lactic acids. One of the most well studied strains of probiotics, the Lactobacilli belongs to the lactic acid bacteria group.
Recent studies have found that under laboratory conditions, the probiotic lactobacilli could inhibit the growth of candidas albicans.
Candidas albicans belongs to a group of yeasts that commonly results in vaginal yeast infections when there is an overgrowth.
Try your hand at fermenting them at home if you feel up to it, because you get to have more control over what goes into them (like less salt, sugar, etc.), and helps to ensure that the probiotics are alive.
Increasing your consumption of probiotics can promote
s the balance of the delicate microbiota environment in our body, and helps to reduce risks of infections down there.
Probiotics rules in making your vagina smell good.
6. Become Vegetarian/Vegan
Red meat and oily fish has been associated with bad body odors.
E. Adam Kallel, who holds a Ph.D. in Victrix computational and medicinal chemistry consultancy, told the Huffington Post that “You can smell worse within two hours of eating red meat.”
A 2006 study looked at 30 women who judged the attractiveness of odors emitting from 17 males who went on a strict 2 week meat and non meat diet.
Interestingly, the results indicated that non meat eaters were judged to be more attractive than meat eaters.
In the book, The China Study, the authors explored the impacts of a predominantly plant based diets on long term health, and found that people generally live longer and have less health complaints on plant based diets.
Anecdotally, vegetarians and vegans have the best smelling crotches because they eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits that have great health promoting benefits that includes boosting your immunity and even the way you smell!.
If the idea of turning vegetarian is too much for you, why not consider flexitarianism or a predominantly plant based lifestyle?
Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, An Eater’s Manual, is a fun and easy read to get you started. Both the China Study and Food Rules are popular reads that can be easily found in libraries, so you may wish to check them out.
For me, I found the suggestion of “primarily using meat as a condiment, not as a main” really helpful in my transition towards a more predominantly plant based diet, without feeling deprived.
Having been on a predominantly plant based diet for the past few years, I would say that this particular change in my lifestyle had quite a significant impact on how I smell.
7. Avoid Foods That Makes You Smell Bad
As a general rule, if it makes your breath smells bad, or result in really foul smelling farts, it is likely going to make you smell down there too.
Foods like garlic, asparagus, onions and most dairy products can leave unpleasant smells that persist in your vagina.
The brassicas (brussel sprouts, broccolli, etc) and alliums (onion, garlic, leeks, etc.) are all sulfur rich vegetables, which can help reduce the absorption of carcinogens into our bodies, among other health promoting benefits.
The problem with them is the way we smell after we metabolize the sulfurous compounds in our body. The released molecules, for lack of a better description, can end up smelling rather rotten.
For the record, I love adding garlic and onion to my meals.
They make food taste great and promotes better health. In fact, I attempted shoving one up my vag to see if it was effective in reducing odor down there. You can totally read about my attempt here.
While the Allium family have great antibacterial properties, you may just want to consider holding it off for a few meals if you anticipate sexy times soon. ^_^
8. Go Coffee Free
Coffee smells good, coffee breath does not.
Coffee also ends up stinking your pee, which impacts on the smell-ability of your vagina.
Generally, the more intense coffee you ingest, the more potent its effect will be on how you smell.
That being said, another problem with coffee beverages is that they are commonly loaded with cream, milk or sugars. These ingredients is food for anaerobic bacteria and encourages odor causing bacteria to thrive.
Plus, coffee is acidic, and may lower the pH environment of your body. Changing the pH environment disrupts the healthy bacteria balance in your body.
Which is a big no- no when you want to reduce infections. Because with infections, the tendency is that unpleasant odors usually follows!
If you need the caffeine fix, consider drinking green tea, especially matcha. Packed with antioxidants, it helps to fight the growth of bacteria.
While it contains less caffeine than your usual coffee brew, some report that the energy boost from green tea can be more even, eliminating the dreaded coffee jitters.
In addition, green tea contains catechins and flavonoids which have heart protective factors and been found to be helpful in burning fat!
Ginger tea is a great caffeine free alternative with anti inflammatory functions.
Ginger is a low thiol food, which technically means that ginger has low sulphuric content. Which is good, because foods with high sulphur content, when metabolized, can make you smell.
Coffee, not surprisingly, has high thiol levels.
A 2013 review paper that looked at the efficacy of ginger in terms of its anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory functions on fighting cancer cells, suggested that ginger contains components like gingerols and paradols that are powerful antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatories.
For the DIY lover, ginger tea is relatively easy to prepare at home with the raw ingredients.
Just get a thumb’s worth of cleaned ginger, smash it to smithereens (smashing can be so strangely satisfying) and add it to boiling water for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Generally, the longer you boil it, the spicer the tea would be.
Add some honey for a yummy drink, which can also be a lifesaver when you have those tough period cramps.
Ready made ginger tea packs are also easily available in supermarkets and your local health stores.
I have this always ready in my pantry when I am craving for lemon ginger tea in an instance because it is yummy both hot and cold, and just nice for 1 serving.
I don’t recommend drinking this on an empty stomach because I did it once, and it made me feel nauseous the whole morning.
9. Eat Less Processed Foods
Almost all processed foods can be high in sugar, salts, fats and unpronounceable compounds (in any variation).
In abundance, these compounds affect our body’s ability to self regulate for health, and increases our risks for infections and inflammations.
For example, a diet high in sugar is akin to a wondrous buffet spread for bad bacteria and yeast.
Then they multiply quickly, disrupting the delicate balance that promotes health.
You end up with inflammations and infections, which may result in unpleasant odors emitting through your orifices.
Having a diet high in sugar and processed foods is almost like giving the green light to infections galore and inhibiting your body’s ability to regenerate itself.
A 2014 review on the impacts of processed food on long term health concluded that with the overabundance of calories and macronutrients intake, this specific kind of lifestyle increases the risk of increased inflammations, reduced control over infections and increased risks for allergic and autoinflammatory diseases.
Most foul odor from infections are the result of tissue breakdowns.
Anaerobic bacteria thrive in infected and inflamed areas. These bacteria release unpleasant smelling compounds like putrescine and cadaverine as they metabolize the affected tissues.
Putrescine and cadaverine contribute to the foul smells associated with decaying flesh, bad breath and bacterial vaginosis.
In addition, a diet high in sodium increases your risk of dehydration, which is a big no no when it comes to making your vagina smell good.
One of the symptoms of dehydration is urine with strong odor.
One of the reasons for the stinky odor is because your urine becomes so concentrated with waste materials, thus emitting a strong ammonia smell.
And if you find yourself being unable to pronounce whatever that is in the box, are you sure you really want to put in inside your body?
One 2008 study that looked at the impact of health of a poor diet showed that just after one meal high in unhealthy fats and sugar can increase one’s risk for heart attack and tissue inflammation!
When our bodies do not get a chance to repair itself due to the increased burden of having to
deal with processed foods, this increases our risks for inflammation, affecting our overall health condition.
If the majority of your diet is composed from processed foods, this overabundance of chemicals and toxins in our bodies can usually make us end up smelling a little worse for wear.
10. Stop Smoking And Drink Less
Smoking is slow styled suicide and unattractive.
Smokers in general smell bad due to the burnt tobacco smoke in cigarettes/cigars/pipes. Smoke stays in clothes and in hair, and when stale, smells off putting.
A study that examined breastfeeding mothers who smoke and drink found that the odors from alcohol and smoking can affect the smell of breastmilk.
Some suggest that as the body tries to get rid of the toxins from smoking, one of the ways it does it, is through our urine.
If you insist on your brew, stick to wines instead of beers. Beers contain yeast, which can tip the delicate yeast balance in our bodies.
Too much yeast can result in yeast infection, which is essentially an overgrowth of yeast in our body.
Red Wines, on the other hand, have tannin that is drying, and hence can help with reducing perspiration. However, keep it minimal – a small glass is enough.
Alcohol, when metabolized, is flushed out of our system through urine, which will stink.
Multiple studies investigating how our body odor can affect perceptions of attractiveness consistently showed that people with stronger body odor are perceived to be more unattractive.
11. Practice Good Personal Hygiene
I cannot emphasize how important good personal hygiene is relevant to making your vagina smell good.
In fact, it is so important that I wrote an entire article on how to clean your vagina properly.
The direction you wipe after toileting can affect how you smell.
Some people wipe from back to front, and that increases the risk of introducing bacteria from the anus to the vagina.
To reduce the risk, wipe from front to back instead.
Others may neglect to wipe the nether regions completely dry, or can be a bit heavy handed when they do so. When that happens, the area can be prone to infection due to the humidity, or torn skin from rough wiping.
Tap gently and try to use unscented toilet paper.
Scented products like toilet paper or feminine sprays can irritate the sensitive skins around the vulva, causing inflammation, which usually results in increase in vagina discharge, which can smell off.
Remember to keep nails clean before washing to avoid contamination from gunk under the nails, and preferably short so that you don’t risk scratching the delicate skins around your vagina.
Also take care to remove remnants of toilet paper that might get left behind to avoid leaving guard posts for bacteria to flourish.
12. Use Water Or Unscented Mild Soap To Wash
Our vagina is designed to self clean.
Some ladies can get overzealous and over wash by sticking their fingers into their vaginas or using copious amount of scented soap.
Technically, it is enough to clean the outer layers of the vagina, around the vulva folds, clitoris and urethra opening with lots of water.
Some people may feel eeky without using soap, so I would recommend washing with unscented mild soap (look out for soaps that are of ph 5.5 as ph of skin is usually about 5 to 5.5).
Personally, I use the liquid soap version of Dr Bronner’s unscented baby soap for my feminine hygiene.
I prefer liquid soaps to soaps for hygiene and convenience reasons. I liked that it washes off easily and keeps me feeling fresh and soft.
Granted, it is not exactly cheap but one 32 oz bottle can really last for quite a while, so I feel that it is actually quite value for money.
For the more wallet conscious, I have heard many good things about Kirk’s Fragrance free coco castile soap, as an option for feminine washing soap, especially for sensitive skin.
13. Choose A Good Partner
Engaging in monogamous relationship with a partner who have been tested negatively recently for STDs is a wise way to keep your vagina smelling good.
Generally, the more sexual partners you have had, the higher the risk you are at contracting STDS.
Sexually transmitted diseases usually result in multiple complications, and can lead to smelly discharge and vaginal odors, not to mention pain and itch, and degeneration of reproductive organs!
Wearing condoms and female condoms are the only birth control methods that can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
For women who are allergic to latex, talk to your partner about switching to a non latex version.
While the majority of condoms in the market are latex based, there are more and more companies manufacturing non latex ones. Durex has it but it is more expensive than the latex ones.
Another popular but more cost effective brand is Lifestyle Skyn condoms.
Here’s a little more about female condoms - these are alternatives to the regular condoms which women can wear. This is a viable option for women who wants the security, or have partners who refuse to wear condoms.
14. Mindful Of Playful Times
While it is prudent to use condoms, many people also enjoy the occasional lubricants, or playing with food like ice cream and chocolate sauces, do be mindful of your skin’s sensitivity to some of the components.
The lubricants available in the market can be divided into two groups - oil based and water based.
One thing to note about oil based lubricants (including oils like mineral oil and baby oil) is that the oil in the lubricant can degrade the latex in condoms.
So, if your partner prefers to use latex condoms (which you should consider switching to non latex ones) and oil based lubricants, you probably shouldn’t be too surprised if you see two lines on your home pregnancy test kit the next time you test for pregnancy.
Furthermore, oil based lubes can be difficult to wash off totally. This may result in trapping of bacteria which may lead to an overgrowth.
If you really really like/enjoy lubricants, consider trying water based ones instead.
LuLu lube water based lubricant is glycerin and paraben free, so it is more suitable for people with more sensitive skin. Most people like it for its slippery-ness, and extra points for ease of wash up.
While it can be sexy and fun, if you introduce high sugar content foods like chocolate sauces and syrups into crevices of our body, it may increase your risk of infections due to bacteria overgrowth.
Engage in sensible sexual practices, being mindful of the impact of oral to anal contact, anal to vaginal contact, etc
The E Coli bacteria is commonly found in the bowel area, and transference is notoriously easy, especially if anal sex is followed by vaginal intercourse.
The ensuing result is often uncomfortable infections and inflammation of your vagina area, which will inevitably lead to odors.
Fecal contamination and bacteria infection can be alarmingly common in couples who engage in various sexual practices and disregarding basic hygiene principles of washing hands and changing condoms.
If you are a fan of both front and backdoor play, do consider changing condoms at the different “entry” points.
Proceed with caution, please.
15. Don't Spray Perfume There
If someone offers you the idea of spraying perfume down there to keep you smelling nice, give them a good smack from me, please.
Spraying perfume at your privates is an AWFUL AWFUL idea.
It may be a temporary solution to mask your smells, but if you use it as a regularly to make yourself smell or taste better, you are in for a shock.
The synthetic chemicals and alcohol used in most commercial perfumes can disrupt the pH environment of your privates and encourage infections and inflammations.
If you have sensitive skin, the ingredients could also further irritate your skin.
Physiologically, what smells good on your wrists may not smell tasty down there.
Perfume tends to smell stronger there because we tend to have higher temperatures around our privates, which makes the perfume evaporate faster.
The nature of your skin matters too.
Your natural body scent interacts with the perfume and becomes a different scent (or worse still, odor). Normal skin pH is around 5.5, which is slightly acidic.
Depending on a variety of factors, like your diet, your skin pH will change. People with more acidic skins tend to wear perfume badly, making them smell sour after a while.
In addition to the herbal/essential oil bath described earlier, another simple way to help your vagina smell good is to consider using a baking soda solution to wash once a week, or before sexy times.
Add 2 teaspoons worth of baking soda into a bucket of warm water.
Proceed to wash around your vulva, not into your vagina. It should feel quite slippery. Then rinse with warm clear water, until the slippery-ness is gone.
Try not to go gaga on the baking soda because it may have the counter effect of drying out the skin around your vaginal area.
16. To Wax Or Not To Wax
Removing pubic hair has its supporters and naysayers.
Supporters of removing believe that removal of pubic hair can reduce humidity because perspiration has no place to hang on. Thus increasing ventilation between the legs, which keeps the vagina smelling fresh.
Supporters of keeping pubic hair feels that pubic hair exist for a reason, which is to prevent bacteria from accessing vagina. By removing the hair, we lose that natural protection.
Well, as someone who had tried both ways, my sense is to leave public hair alone because by waxing/trimming, it seems to increase the risks of infections and subsequently, odors.
Once, I had pimples growing down there after I shaved, so I strongly suspect that shaving increased risk of inflammation.
In addition, the area got incredibly itchy when the hair grew out, so that also increased the risk of infection from all that heavy duty scratching.
Plus, it was rather high maintenance, and required regular trimming to keep it itch free and aesthetically pleasing.
So after all those discomforts, I decided to leave it alone and I am happy to report that it has been doing fine so far. 🙂
17. Hang Loose
Ventilation is an important trick in making your vagina smell good.
Wear loose clothing so that blood circulation does not get cut off, and the movement of air can help to dissipate off putting smells.
The problem with tight clothing, while it can accentuate your lines, unfortunately increases the humidity between our legs, providing an optimal environment for bacteria to grow and flourish.
Humid groin equals to smelly groin.
Consider adding some bohemian components into your wardrobe. The bohemian style is often described as loose and free flowing, which is great for our feminine health!
Remember, ventilation, ventilation, ventilation!
As humans, we breathe to live.
Material breathability is also key to make your vagina smell good.
Panties using natural fibers like cotton and linen allow moisture to escape, keeping our nether regions dry and comfortable. Synthetic materials can often be waterproof and trap moisture and heat as a result. (Check out the best underwear for reducing vaginal odor here.)
You know the best way to keep it airy?
Try going panty-less sometimes. It can be a really liberating experience.
I usually go commando at night to allow my nether regions a chance to breathe.
It’s really like how people suggest letting babies go diaper-less for a few hours a day so that the sensitive skin gets a chance to air and reduce risks of developing diaper rashes.
19. Use Menstrual Cups
Many women complain smelling iron-ish before and during that period of the month.
Those who have tried menstrual cups are often surprised by how well menstrual cups can contain the odor.
Well made menstrual cups, when placed correctly, create a leak proof seal around the cervix, effectively containing offensive odors.
While it technically does not add to making your vagina smell good, it helps to reduce or even eliminate odor, making you feel fresh.
Needless to say, I am a cup convert and can hardly imagine going back to pads and tampons.
For recommendations of well made menstrual cups, check out my list of top recommendations for different types of ladies and needs.
If you want to give menstrual cup a try but not sure on which brand to start with, check out my recommendation on best menstrual cup for beginners.
20. Establish Good Sleep Routine
Now what has sleeping well got to do with making our vagina smell good?
Well, as it turns out, everything!
Multiple studies have demonstrated the importance on having enough good quality sleep on our general health.
One study looked at the impact of sleep deprivation on our metabolic health found that having not enough sleep can increase risk of obesity, diabetes and our metabolic pathophysiology.
Another review paper on sleep deprivation and immunity looked at how the immunity levels of night shift workers are affected. It found that shift workers are at higher risks for viral infections, suggesting immunity compromisation.
Generally, when we get enough sleep and sleep quality is great, our body immunity improves and can fight infections better.
According to TCM principles, the liver and gallbladder get cranking at repairing our bodies and detoxifying between 11pm to 3am.
If we are not asleep by then, our liver and gallbladder cannot concentrate on detoxifying, and more toxins get retained in our bodies.
Hence, it has been suggested that the best time to get ready for bed is to settle down by 10pm every night.
21. De-stress And Decompress
Stress and anxiety can cause emotional disturbances and affect our nervous system.
One study that examined the link between stress itching and our brain functions found that scratching provides relief similar to antihistamines.
Simply put, scratching stress induced itch can relieve our stress.
Thus, when we are stressed, we are more likely to scratch, and if you already experience vulva itching, the itching is likely to intensify.
When we over scratch, our skin becomes easily inflamed and more prone to infections.
Our body’s rescue mechanism is to generate more vaginal discharge to flush out the bacteria, which generally smell more.
To make your vagina smell good, do take some quiet time before sleeping each night to relax and decompress.
Research on the effects of mindfulness on our immunity is huge now. A 2016 review paper that looked at the impact of mindful meditation found that practicing medication is linked to improved immunity, reducing inflammation markers, even reducing biological aging!
Some women find meditation helpful in making them more relaxed, while others find using a gratitude journal to write down at least 5 items to be grateful for the day makes a wonderful way to wind down the day.
Hope you have found the tips useful and easy to implement! Drop me a note to let me know how it has worked for you.
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