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5 Common Causes of Vaginal Odor by Dr. Drai

Hi #GYNEGirls, #Preggos, & #GENTs! It’s ME again Dr. Drai- America’s OBGYN. I have a question for you. Do you smell your undies on a daily basis? I knew it. Vaginal odor is a common problem that lots of women are embarrassed about – and contrary to popular belief – many feminine odors are not the result of a lack of personal hygiene. It’s NORMAL for your “Lady Part” to have an aroma; your scent depends on your daily activities AND the food you eat. If you are working out in the gym, your “hoo ha” will smell musky because there are sweat glands surrounding it. And yes, your pocketbook can smell like fish if you are eating fish. Your vajayjay can even have a different smell after sex; semen can leave her smelling like bleach. And we all know the smell that your vagina has when “Aunt Flow” is here. But ladies some odors down there are not normal AND you are causing them yourself. Keep reading…

  1. Bubble Baths Women love taking bubble baths to relax after a stressful day. However, the bubbles can get in the vagina and cause irritation and infections. Ladies- bubbles are meant for the air not the tub! Instead buy a stool for your bathtub so you can sit and relax while taking a shower. And let’s not forget about all the chemical products we use to clean our tubs.  Where do you think that residue ends up?  You get the picture.
  2. Feminine Powders & Perfumes – Before a hot date, the ladies freshen up by spraying feminine powders and perfumes on their “lady part”. Ultimately, a “fishy” odor- Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)- can occur and then they are stressed out about a STD. Instead eat fruits like oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit; these will get your vaginal fluids smelling and tasting sweet.
  3. Shaving– Women are obsessed with shaving down there. Creams and soaps can get in the vagina. Instead trim with adjustable clippers- that way you won’t get hair bumps nor smell like sardines.
  4. Douching – This is a generational favorite- especially among Black folk! Your grandmother told your mom to douche, your mom told you to douche, and you are planning to tell your daughter to douche. You ladies still do this after your period or after sex. Stop the cycle! Douching wipes out the good bacteria that’s in your vagina.
  5. Scented Tampons & Pads – This is a major No No. I can’t believe that they are still sold in stores. Irritation will occur. You are already on your period- don’t add more drama by using these. Just switch to using non-scented!

So now you know the drama that you have been causing. Remember ladies-your vaginal has a smell. BUT you need to stay out of that feminine hygiene aisle. And stop smelling your underwear![#GYNEGirls]

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Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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