Ready for some truth? All vaginas smell. That's right: It's totally normal to have some kind of scent down there, and no matter what soap commercials tell you, it shouldn't be a light floral one.
Every vagina has its own odor. Most women describe it as a musky or slightly sour smell, which are both normal. While most vaginal odors are caused by bacteria, sometimes your urine can also affect the smell.
There are many different things that can cause a change in discharge odor. BV is very common and the most common cause of changes in discharge odor we see at the clinic. Have a look at our web page on BV for more information.
Skip navigation! Story from Wellness. Despite what the marketing claims on some "feminine hygiene" products might lead you to believe, vaginas do not require scented wipes to make them smell good.
Having a specific scent "down there" is actually very common, but most of us don't go around discussing the topic. Because of this, many women wonder if certain scents are indicative of health issues. This isn't always the case, and there isn't usually cause to worry, or feel ashamed of your body's natural processes, but there are some signs that indicate you may not have a healthy feminine odor.
Sometimes it can feel like my vagina smells differently every day. I don't think I will ever get the self-loathing put upon women by the patriarchy long enough to ever fully embrace the way it smells, but I can definitely tell when I'm having a good vagina-smell day versus a bad one. To me, a bad vagina smells like fish, or at other times, sweat. There are even times when my vagina and probably yours too has smelled like a loaf of slightly rancid bread.
The odor is worse after intercourse. You wonder if it could be related to an ablation you had over a year ago. Tests for yeast infections and trichinosis have been negative.