Smelly discharge down there is a common occurrence for women, but if it gets out of hand and starts effusing fishy odor, you should definitely visit your gynecologist to get it checked.
How can I treat my smelly discharge at home?
Your vagina is a delicate microbiome filled with different bacteria and yeast that’s extremely helpful to your body. These microbiomes help keep your genitals healthy, and they give your vagina its signature smell.
How to get rid of smelly discharge naturally? Odor is normal in healthy vaginas, and most odor is harmless — it’s just a way for your vagina to communicate with you that it’s working properly.
However, if you notice any changes in your discharge’s color, consistency, or smell, that could be a sign of an infection, notes the Cleveland Clinic. In about a third of cases, unusual discharge goes away on its own, says the clinic, but if it doesn’t, it’s always best to seek medical attention.
One of the most common causes of smelly discharge is trichomoniasis, which is caused by a parasite that travels between your vagina and another person during sex. It’s usually pretty mild and doesn’t cause any serious symptoms, says Alyssa Dweck, M.D., a gynecologist in Westchester, New York.
During your period, your blood pH can shift and throw off your vaginal flora. It’s not a big change in scent, though, she says. It will usually go away after you’re finished bleeding.
Breathable clothing that allows your vagina to breathe will help minimize odor. Avoid tightly-knit, sweat-wicking fabrics like yoga pants or leggings, as they can trap and wick away your natural vaginal odor.