When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're concerned about an abnormal or persistent vaginal odor, see your doctor — especially if you have other signs and symptoms such as itching, burning, irritation or discharge.

In the meantime, to minimize vaginal odor:

  • Wash your external genital area. During regular baths or showers, use a very small amount of mild, unscented soap and lots of water.
  • Avoid douching. All healthy vaginas contain bacteria and yeast. The normal acidity of your vagina keeps bacteria and yeast in check. But douching can actually upset this delicate balance.
Apr. 12, 2014