“Hi Shay! Love reading your blog, I think you provide a wonderful service for all of us in the uninformed masses. I have a V question (although I don’t have a V myself ;^)). Every girl I’ve ever been with has had a scent to her vagina, but I heard a doctor on Howard Stern’s radio show state that the vagina is NOT supposed to have any scent. He called it vaginosis or something and said it was casued by bacteria and not normal. I know a lot of guys like some light scent on a girl (not overpowering), it seems natural to me. So is it natural for the land down under to have a scent or not? Is it unhealthy? How would a woman get rid of it safely?”
Wow, I wonder how many women freaked out when they heard that doctor on Stern’s show!
As you correctly observed, all women have a signature vaginal scent; it’s natural, it’s normal, and it’s (usually) sexy. The scent mainly comes from the sweat glands down there and, to a varying degree, from her fluids; it also can vary slightly throughout the month because of hormonal fluctuations. It’s usually a light musky smell, sometimes a little sweet – in fact, it’s similar to the scent that you guys have around your junk too. ^_^
I suspect/hope that the doc on Stern’s show was referring to the more pungent (and thus more noticeable) slightly fishy smell that a vag can take on when a bacterial infection is present. Actually, it’s a good idea for women to be aware of their own natural healthy vag smell, that way they will notice when it changes dramatically and will know to potentially seek treatment. (Women who are prone to infections have reported being able to tell whether they have a bacterial or yest infection based on smell alone!)
So, in conclusion, a healthy vag will indeed have a scent; it’s natural and no one shouldn’t do a thing to change it (because she’ll likely end up with an infection if she does try to mess with it). However, if the scent is strong and kinda overpowering, that can usually be remedied with extra showers and careful cleaning with a ph balanced soap (slightly more acidic soap is better).
Hope that clears things up ^_~