Your Sensuality & Sexuality: About Those Smells in the Lady Area


I sometimes feel uncomfortable about having sex with my partner because of the way I smell “down there.”

Is there anything I can do about the way my body smells?

First, let me say that 99.9% of the women I know do feel – or have felt – uncomfortable with the way their vagina smells at some point in their lives.  And given the rush of ads we see suggesting that we could use a little freshening up in our lady bits, it’s no surprise that most women have perceived themselves as being inherently “funky” down south – and not in a good way.

What’s important to understand is our bodies do have a natural baseline scent. And there will always be some sort of aroma associated with your vagina – as there will be with any part of your body, which sweat and lymph glands are associated with.Post Lady smells

The key is being able to discern if your scent is attributed to the natural, healthy smell of your body or the symptom of an infection or an imbalance in the delicate ecosystm of the vagina.

The way we smell can be affected by a number of different causes such as hormone levels, foods we eat, the fabric of our underwear, even our genetic heritage can determine our baseline body fragrance.

If your body smell is particularly strong and unpleasant, it could be a sign of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or a more common possibility, bacterial vaginosis (BV), which is a bacterial infection caused by the overgrowth of the natural bacteria found in the vagina, which causes an imbalance. This imbalance can occur from excessive alcohol, drug, tobacco, sugar, fatty foods, etc.

The symptoms consist of a strong fishy odor, with heavy white-grayish discharge. If this sounds like what’s going on for you, then head to a clinic and let them know what you think is up. They should be able to determine if some sort of infection is the cause of your woes.

If that’s not the case, here are some other factors that may have an impact on the beautific natural aroma of your body.

  • Vaginal pH is all important! A healthy vagina has a pH of of 3.5 -4.5.  Anything above a pH of 5 is likely getting into that BV infection zone. Things that affect your vaginal pH are:  semen, menstrual blood, fragrances, douches or body washes, pregnancy or menopause and antibiotics. There are a few natural ways to re-establish a healthy vaginal pH such as pro-biotics, plain yogurt, even apple cider vinegar baths are recommended for restoring pH naturally.
  • Your lymph system.  One of the many important functions of your lymphatic system is transporting bodily toxins to be removed. There are numerous lymph glands in the genital region and if those are not functioning well there may a build up of toxins in that area of the body, which could contribute to a heavy body “odor.”

Personally, I’ve had a rather strong smell in every area of my body for most of my life. I found out recently that this was due to a chronic infection in my lymphatic system. I was prescribed specific herbs to help clear the infection and return my lymph function to normal and not only do I smell better, I FEEL better.

All of that being said, once you have ruled out infection or some sort of pH imbalance, your vagina will still have it’s natural, healthy, happy scent.

Once you’ve established that and if you’re still feeling uncomfortable, I suggest expressing this to your partner and find out what he or she has to say.

Often the unique scent of a lover can enhance the sensuality of our sexual experience, and I have found that most lovers (male or female) enjoy the scent of a healthy, well-balanced and highly aroused vagina.


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About Devi

Devi Ward is a pioneer in the field of women's sensual empowerment and focuses on helping women explore their sexual healing and sensual awakening. As a Black woman living in Detroit, Devi spent much of her early life feeling confused and disempowered. She now uses her years of healing and education to help women discover their own journeys of transcending fear and shame around the vital issue of how we see ourselves as sensual and sexual beings. Devi's recently released book is “Shake Your Soul-Song! A Woman’s Guide To Self-Empowerment Through The Art Of Self-Pleasure.” Contact her through

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