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Is it normal for your vagina to have a slight smell?

Via Planned Parenthood’s Ask The Experts:

Yes. It’s totally normal for healthy girls and women to have a unique odor.

Many women become concerned that other people can detect the odor around their vulva and vagina. In reality, women are most sensitive to their own odor, and it’s very unlikely that others who don’t have intimate contact with them can smell it. But in fact, most people really like the way their partners’ vaginas and vulvas smell. It’s the kind of smell that is an important part of what makes sex sexy for them.

However, some women who are concerned about vulva odor sometimes prefer to wash with soap and water before engaging in sexual activities. (It’s best to use a gentle soap that’s free of dyes and perfumes, which can irritate the vulva and make it more susceptible to infection.) Douching or washing the vagina with soap is not recommended. But keep in mind, all women have an odor from their vaginas and their vulvas, and it’s a totally normal part of who they are.

Ask your own question to PP’s experts.

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HPV Vaccine Protects Even Those Who Skip It


The vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV) is not only effective in decreasing the rate of high risk types of HPV infections in girls and women, but it also shows evidence of bestowing what is known as “herd immunity” — an indirect protection against the virus for those who have not been vaccinated — in a community at large, researchers said Monday.

Researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center compared HPV infection rates in women who received the HPV vaccine to infection rates in those who had not.

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