5 Tips To Keep Your Vagina Smelling Good During Periods
By: Kratika Tue, 12 July 2022 10:50 AM
To all the menstruators, do you get paranoid over your funky period smell? Well, just as everyone’s periods are different, the smell is also different for everyone. But it is common! Actually, it has to do with your daily hygiene practices, especially during menstruation. While it’s important to maintain regular hygiene down there, you should try to take them up a notch when you’re bleeding. And when you don’t, you may end up inviting a smell.
While you may want your vagina to smell like fragrant flowers, this is not normal. So, always expect a peculiar smell or something strange down there. However, if this smell gets unpleasant during periods, here’s what you can do about it.
# Menstrual hygiene
If your period blood smells like fish, that means you need to change your pad or tampon. This is the most basic yet crucial factor in combating odours during periods. So, maintain hygiene by:
- Changing your pads or tampons every 4 to 5 hours, even if the flow is light
- Avoid holding urine for a longer period of time
- Every time you go to the washroom, wash your genitals
- Avoid wearing two pads at a time. This can cause odours and infections. A better option is to stick to one pad and change it more often, or use a larger pad
- Do not remain in sweaty clothes for a long time
- Do not exert during period and rest enough
- Say no to douching
- Don’t use razor
- Keep the vaginal area clean and dry
# Shower daily
Bathe twice a day to maintain period hygiene and avoid an unpleasant period smell. You can also use hot water as it can also help relieve period cramps and pain. Aside from that, while bathing, rinse from front to back and clean the outer areas of the vagina with water only. Cleaning it from the inside can disrupt the pH level, increasing the risk of infection and odour.
# Wear cotton clothes
Wearing tight pants or other restrictive clothing can prevent oxygen from reaching the vagina, resulting in odour during menstruation. Wear breathable cotton undergarments and skin-friendly clothing when you’re on your period.
# Use menstrual cup
Use menstrual cups instead of pads and tampons to avoid the odour of your period. Menstrual cups can be worn for an extended period of time (up to 10-12 hours). This will also aid in maintaining the pH balance of your vagina, resulting in no period blood odour.
# Avoid scented products
As the vagina is a self-cleaning mechanism, using scented washes or other products on it can cause irritation and allergic reactions. It is sufficient to clean your vagina with plain water.