A slight smell of blood during your period is okay. A good hygiene practice can help you maintain normal period smell. A “musky” or “fleshy” smell means a healthy vagina. The “metallic” scent is usually caused by your menstrual cycle and lasts for a few days.
If you want to maintain that “healthy” smell down there, read these tips:
1. Wash and Dry
Use a gentle soap and washcloth to remove dead skin, sweat, and dirt. Letting the water run over the vagina is often enough to keep the labia clean. The vagina itself is self-cleaning.
2. Be Gentle
Do not use fragrance soaps or body washes. The chemicals can ruin your vagina’s natural pH. Gentle soap is fine, but warm water is certainly enough. When it comes to period pads, choose the ones that will not affect your body badly such as disposable pads and tampons. It contains toxins that can greatly affect your health.
3. Choose The Best Undies
100% cotton is the winner in choosing the best material for your undergarments. Cotton is very breathable and absorbs excess moisture that can cause vaginal infection.
4. Healthy Lifestyle
A balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins is recommended. Probiotics is also known to help maintain the pH balance of your vagina.
5. Get Yourself Checked
Visit your gynecologist for routine care. Stay updated with health screenings. Women are encouraged to undergo Pap smears starting at age 21 to screen for changes in vaginal cells that might indicate the presence of cancer.
Vaginal health is a vital part of overall health for women. How do you keep your vaginal area clean? Hopefully these tips will help you protect your vaginal health.