Odor loss: what to do? Causes and treatments

White discharge is a very real phenomenon natural. In fact, they're a very good indicator of the health of your intimate area. These leucorrhoea are usually whitish or translucent in color. In the same way, they generally do not present no particular bad odorsif not a slightly acidic odour but hardly noticeable. So a different, unpleasant or malodorous sensation in your vaginal secretions should alert you.

Is it normal to have odor loss?

While it's normal for every woman to have her own body odor, because our bodies aren't sanitized, it's abnormal for some to have to deal with foul-smelling vaginal discharge.

What does vaginal discharge usually smell like?

Some women can detect a musky, bittersweet, cakey, acidic scent in their vaginal discharge... What does leucorrhoea normally smell like?

Natural body odor

Our bodies have their own scent, their own olfactory imprint! Leucorrhoea, like our other secretions, is no exception to the rule, and can vary slightly from one woman to another. Leucorrhoea can also vary according to the stage of the menstrual cycle, during ovulation with more liquid productions or with a metallic sensation that can occur a few days before periods, or from one's sporting activity, mingling with the odours of perspiration. Although you may be bothered by your natural production, finding it acceptable or not, it's important to point out that it's completely normal!
On the other hand, an unusual, overly strong fishy, rotten or bread (yeast) smell may be a sign that an infection has overtaken your usual body signature.

What causes odor loss?

Unpleasant losses can have a variety of causes.

An intimate hygiene problem

Hygiene is often the primary cause of odor loss. Indeed, taboos die hard in modern society, and strong body odors are often stigmatized: you have to smell good in all circumstances! However, this goes against the body's own mechanisms: in particular, the body needs a balanced vaginal flora to function!

As a reminder, the vagina is self-cleaning, so there's no need to wash it inside. On the contrary, repeated toilets and douching tend to destroy vaginal flora. We recommend using a PH-neutral, fragrance-free soap, or washing with clear water. We often tend to believe that washing our intimate area abundantly will prevent infections. However, the opposite is true: over-cleaning will unbalance the genital area!

On the other hand, poor hygiene and too-frequent showers can of course encourage the development of bacteria, especially when you sweat a lot or your panties are always very damp. A short, effective shower is preferable to a bath!

Forgetting to put sanitary protection in the vagina

A bad smell can also be due to a forgotten tampon or another internal protection or contraceptive such as a diaphragm. Some women, especially at the end of their cycle, may forget to put a tampon inside their vagina, especially if the tampon thread is no longer visible. Be careful when using tampons: it's imperative not to keep them in for more than 6 hours, and to change them as soon as they become uncomfortable, or after aquatic activity. Using a tampon, especially one that has been left in for too long, can lead to Toxic Shock Syndrome. Similarly, before inserting a new tampon, make sure that the passageway is clear and that the previous one has been removed.
It's also bad for the vaginal flora to wear tampons "as a preventive measure" outside periods or to absorb afoul-smelling white discharge that you think is too much. Tampons will absorb all the good bacteria and thus dry out the vaginal walls, which will no longer be able to fight infection. This type of sanitary protection should be used sparingly!

Bacterial vaginosis

If you notice that your vaginal discharge smells unpleasantly like rotting fish, it could be bacterial vaginosis (or other STIs, vaginitis...). Most often due to an imbalance in vaginal flora, caused by the Gardnerella vaginalis bacterium, this is the most common vaginal infection in menstruating women. Half of all bacterial vaginosis is asymptomatic, but the rest of the time it may be accompanied by other symptoms such as burning, abnormal discharge (whitish, yellow or greyish)...

Many external factors

Other factors can also be responsible for bad-smelling leucorrhoea:

  • Sexual intercourse, because the PH of the vagina is different from that of the sperm, which is alkaline while that of the vagina is acidic. With the coagulation of sperm at the bottom of the vagina, this can lead to effluvia, which should remain temporary.
  • Foods that influence our body signature: asparagus, for example, which is well known for perfuming lthe smell of lurine, has the same effect on vaginal production, as do garlic, onions and citrus fruits...
  • Medication or vitamin supplements, altering our internal chemistry and production of estrogen and progesterone
  • Lubricants or condoms, scented or unscented, may temporarily give off a slight rubber or plastic odor.

How to treat malodorous discharge?

If your white discharge seems malodorous or abnormal, or if a watery-smelling liquid or yellow discharge stains the bottom of your panties, it's always a good idea to consult your GP or gynaecologist. SIf it turns out that your leucorrhoea is completely normal, there's really no need for treatment. However, in the event of symptoms of infection or mycosis, your health professional may prescribe prescription medication.

Our tips for avoiding smelly waste!

To avoid infections, which are responsible for odor loss, it's important to maintain a balanced lifestyle and take good care of your body!

Pamper your body and vagina

The first thing to do is to get to the root of the problem, and prevent an imbalance in the vaginal flora. To do this, we recommend the following tips, before resorting to medication:

  • Take care of your personal hygiene, without over-cleaning or showering too often.
  • Use a PH-neutral, fragrance-free soap without an internal vaginal shower: simply clean the vulva, i.e. the woman's external genital area.
  • Wash after sports, excessive sweating and sexual intercourse
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes made from natural materials such as cotton, to help absorb moisture and perspiration.
  • Eat a balanced diet that's neither too fatty nor too sweet, and quench your thirst regularly.
  • Change your sanitary protection regularly during your pregnancy. periods
  • Don't have too many unprotected sexual partners at risk: this increases the risk of sexually transmitted infections, such as bacterial vaginosis.

If this doesn't work, a consultation with your gynaecologist or GP can help.

Opt for external periodic protection

Generally speaking, internal sanitary protection alters the balance of the vagina: blood from the endometrium and white discharge are meant to be evacuated, eliminating residues and protecting the vaginal flora from aggression! We therefore recommend that you use external sanitary protection until the menopause, which does not alter the natural balance of your vaginal wall and cervix.

To avoid all the intimate inconveniences you may encounter, which can lead to foul-smelling and abundant white discharge, we particularly recommend wearing menstrual panties.

Try as far as possible to choose organic cotton and oeko-tex certified panties, to ensure that they are harmless to your body. Ours are! Very gentle on your vulva, they'll give you the comfort you need during your cycles.


Odour loss FAQs

Why do losses smell?

Shile it's common for white discharge to have a mild, naturally acidic odour, it's not normal for your leucorrhoea to have an unpleasant smell. Poor genital hygiene or bacterial infection can be responsible for thick, foul-smelling secretions.

How can I stop smelly white discharge?

If your troublesome discharge is not due to bacterial vaginosis or mycosis, there's no need to resort to medication or seek medical advice. All you need to do is practise intimate hygiene without excess, eat a balanced diet, wear breathable clothing and use external sanitary protection such as the period pants.


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