Vaginal Odor

One of the most commonly occurring and least talked about feminine concerns is vaginal odor. Every woman has a unique scent that fluctuates during her menstrual cycle and may change depending upon hormone levels. The scent originates from vaginal secretions and can vary throughout the month.

Symptoms

Different types of vaginal odors can have different causes. While some are a normal side effect of bodily changes, others may mean infection. Women often describe their normal scent as musky, which is attributed to the body’s normal cleansing system. A slightly metallic scent is also normal during a menstrual cycle. Foul or fishy odors are not normal and should prompt a trip to your healthcare professional so you can determine if it’s a vaginal infection that’s causing the odor.

Causes 

Vaginal odor can be caused by a number of different factors. Some are a result of normal bodily functions while others may indicate infections that require treatment by a healthcare professional.1

  • Vaginal secretions
  • Perspiration
  • pH imbalance
  • Menstruation
  • Sexual Intercourse
  • Infection*

*If you suspect you may have an infection, do not use any over-the-counter feminine products. See your healthcare professional right away.

Management

Stay Fresh Gel from MONISTAT COMPLETE CARE® provides a new way to restore feminine freshness that you can feel good about. It works by coating the vaginal area with a specially formulated gel that is designed to protect, balance, and restore feminine freshness. It’s a worry-free solution for maintaining feminine freshness; helping you to eliminate feminine odor and to feel your best every day.

Prevention

Our bodies have a natural, complex cleansing system that involves a delicate balance of microorganisms. The truth is that feminine odor is very common and a part of vaginal health. In fact, as many as 80% of women experience it at least every 2-3 weeks.2 Stay Fresh Gel from MONISTAT COMPLETE CARE® is a safe and effective way to eliminate bothersome odor because it works with your body’s natural system to eliminate the odor at the source.

 

When to See Your Healthcare Professional

Strong, pungent or foul vaginal odors can be a sign of infection. Consult a doctor if you experience a strong, fishy or unpleasant feminine odor especially if an abnormal discharge, itching or irritation accompanies the odor. For help starting the conversation about your feminine and vaginal health, download our Doctor Discussion Guide.

Footnotes: 

1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/vaginal-odor/basics/causes/sym-20050664

2. Company study on file