When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're concerned about an unusual vaginal odor or an odor that doesn't go away, see your health care provider. Your provider may perform a vaginal exam, especially if you also have itching, burning, irritation, discharge or other symptoms.

Self-care tips for vaginal odor include:

  • Wash outside your vagina during regular baths or showers. Use a small amount of mild, unscented soap and lots of water.
  • Avoid douching. All healthy vaginas contain bacteria and yeast. The typical acidity of the vagina keeps bacteria and yeast in check. Douching can upset this delicate balance.

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Feb. 25, 2022