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Dr. Karen Leggett's Blog

Does a Woman's Vagina have a smell? Quite frankly - it should NOT!

Does a Woman's Vagina have a smell? Quite frankly - it should NOT!

A healthy vagina essentially has no smell, or has a very "neutral" smell.

So, does that mean if you DO have a smell, you have a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD?)

No... not necessarily.

Have you ever heard the joke about a woman's vagina smelling like fish? A fishy smell is actually a sign that a woman has an active bacterial overgrowth inside of her vagina. It's called BV, which stands for Bacterial Vaginosis. It is actually the most common cause of vaginal odor, effecting about 30% of all women sometime in their life. Most of the time, BV occurs between the ages of 20 and 50. But BV is NOT an actual STD.

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