Does the vagina have a smell? And what exactly does a yeast infection in the vagina look like?

All people with a vagina have a vaginal scent that is normal for them. However, the scent will vary from person to person. Some people may have a stronger odor to their vagina, while others have a faint odor. The scent may also change throughout someone’s menstrual cycle; becoming milder and stronger at different points of the cycle. Having some sort of vaginal scent can be completely normal.

It’s important to note however that if someone notices that their normal scent changes suddenly, it can be a sign of infection. If someone notices that the scent becomes much stronger, seems foul, or is accompanied by a change in discharge, an infection may be present and a trip to the doctor would be recommended.

This is a great example of why it’s so important for someone to really pay attention to their body. When you know what’s normal for your body, it’ll be easier for you to know when something is abnormal.

Yeast infections can occur (and can be common) for someone who has a vagina.Yeast infections are not considered an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection). But what is a yeast infection? Yeast is a natural part of the vaginal flora, existing in balance with different types of bacteria. Sometimes yeast can overgrow—this is what we call a yeast infection. Yeast overgrowth can occur for many reasons, including illness, recent antibiotic use, poor vaginal hygiene, and eating too much sugar. Symptoms of a yeast infection can include itching, burning, bleeding after intercourse, and an increase in white, clumpy discharge.

If you have any other questions about the vagina or think you or someone you know has an infection, give us a call or make an appointment! 303-442-5160.