It happens to nearly every woman at one time or another. Regardless of your feminine hygiene practices, like regularly showering and changing your underwear daily, you notice a bit of an odor emanating from down there. There are many reasons why your vagina might smell (and sometimes it means you should go to the doctor to make sure everything's OK), and it's important to remember that there is a typical, normal odor, which is different and individualized for every woman. So why do certain foods change the way you smell down there?
First, let's talk about how this all works. How (or why) does your vagina smell in the first place? As Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Maria Mendes Soares told Broadly, the smell is due to the specific collection of bacteria present, which is why it can vary woman to woman. Additionally, Dr. Heather Rupe wrote for WebMD that your diet truly can upset this bacterial balance - not causing a problem in and of itself, but there are foods that you eat that can then change the smell of your lady parts. Also, according to Seventeen, it can, of course, vary, like body odor or bad breath, within one woman and once you know what's up, it's typically fairly easy to fix.
As Dr. Mary Rosser, an OB-GYN at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, told Women's Health, the foods that you eat affect the pH balance of your slightly-acidic lady bits, which is why your normal smell may change. But Rosser also noted that the change is very temporary - usually only two to three days after you've eaten that particular food before everything goes back to normal. Rupe also pointed out in her WebMD article that some new medications or supplements can also influence the way you smell, so that could in fact be the real culprit. Cosmopolitan also noted that drastic changes in scent, like an especially strong, fishy, or garbage-like scent, could signify a change thatneeds to be treated with antibiotics.
But if you go to a doctor and get the all-clear, you may want to consider editing your diet ever so slightly. Here, a couple of foods that could be causing that change in vagina scene, because an informed woman is a powerful woman.