A special balance of healthy microbes in the part helps keep it acidic to guard against infection.
A healthy vagina has a pH of 4.5 or lower.
Some of these healthy microbes, bacteria called Lactobacilli, keep the private part acidic by producing lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide.
According to Healthline”, All healthy vaginas have a smell. Each part’s odor is unique and varies depending on what phase of the menstrual cycle you’re in.
It can also be affected by your hygiene practices.
Vaginal odor can smell different when there is an underlying infection, called vaginitis. In most cases, the private part odor will smell bad during an infection.
The smell can sometimes be described as “fishy” or “rotten.” Knowing how your vagina typically smells will help you recognize when things are not right. Below is how to wash your part to become clean and healthy.
- Wash your vulva with warm water. Use plain, soaps to wash the area around the part gently every day.
Spread your lips apart and gently clean around the folds with a clean washcloth or your hands.
Remember to avoid getting water or soap inside your vagina.
Let the area dry naturally or pat it dry with a towel.
- Remember to also wash the area between your vulva and your anus every day.
Wash front to back, from your vulva to your anus, as this prevents bacteria from spreading from your anus to your private part.