According to the New York Times, while men are most concerned about penis size, “women are most frequently concerned that their vaginas smell like fish followed by vinegar, onions, ammonia, garlic, cheese, body odor, urine, bread, bleach, feces, sweat, metal, feet, garbage and rotten meat.”
Hence the need for this explanation.
- Fishy– This particular one is quite common. The possible cause and reason why your lady part smells like fish is Bacterial Vaginosis which can simply be treated with antibiotics. Apart from the particularly bad odour(especially after sex or washing with soap), symptoms may include a thick, frothy discharge that’s usually white or grey, and itching.
Onions or Garlic- If downstairs reeks of onions or garlic, do not panic, it could be because you have eaten a lot of onions or garlic, thereby causing you to excrete an onion or garlic smell in your urine. This can simply be treated with a bath.
- Rotten Meat / Something Dying- If you notice a really foul, pungent odour, it could be because of a forgotten condom or tampon. The only solution is to GO TO THE DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.
- Sour or Stale- A possible cause of this particular kind of odour could be Trichomoniasis, an infection caused by a protozoan, a microscopic, one-cell animal called a trichomona, which is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause an unpleasantly smelly discharge. It simply requires antibiotics.
- Bread or Beer- Yeast infection is often the culprit here and the solution is an antifungal medication like Diflucan. Symptoms include a discharge that looks like cottage cheese. It can be so thick that you might notice a thick white coating in and around your vagina.
The simple truth is, there is no single way a healthy vagina should smell, however, Dr. Cullins says, “an unpleasantly smelly odor can be a sign of an infection that needs to be treated right away, especially if it’s accompanied by an unusual discharge.”