It's time to get real. Like really real about something that you may be self-conscious about. But your sex life can be greatly affected when something's not quite right with your vagina, so it's important to have a realistic approach to intimacy, your feminine health, feminine odor, and a BV diagnosis. We promise it won't be so bad. In fact, you'll probably feel relieved.
Feminine odor is something every woman experiences at some point. And, when you have sex, the way things smell down there can sometimes leave you feeling self-conscious about your body.1
It's important to know that a vagina shouldn't be totally odorless or smell like flowers. That kind of thinking can lead to unhealthy habits. We all have our own distinctive smell (which comes from a combination of factors, including the bacteria that naturally reside in your vaginal area, diet, exercise, and even clothing), but there are times when you may notice your personal scent has changed.1
When that happens, there may be an underlying health problem. Talk to your healthcare provider about what's happening.
Healthcare professionals often use the whiff test to diagnose BV. What the heck is that? Read on.
No, the whiff test isn't what happens when your physician gets a whiff of body odor during an exam. The test is performed by adding a small amount of a chemical to a microscopic slide of vaginal discharge. The chemical will react with the discharge if certain infections are present and produce a characteristically fishy smell.2 This test is part of a set of criteria physicians use when they're trying to diagnose BV.
If you think you have BV, following these steps can help make breaking the news a little less nerve-wracking.
NOW THAT YOU'RE DONE, ENJOY HER AWESOMENESS. YOU'VE TAKEN SMART STEPS TO KEEP HER AS HEALTHY AS CAN BE.
Include all symptoms—even if you don't think they're related
Include how often you take them and the doses
Keep in mind, you can talk to your healthcare provider about anything you feel unsure of. But if you're not so sure what to ask, these are a few important questions.
Survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Symbiomix Therapeutics, LLC, a Lupin Company and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) within the United States between September 14 and 29, 2017 among 304 US women aged 18-49 who have been diagnosed by a healthcare professional with bacterial vaginosis (BV) within the past 2 years ("women with bacterial vaginosis"). Figures for age, income, race/ethnicity, region, education, and size of household were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.11*
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