Relax, Your Vagina Is Not Supposed To Smell Like Rainbows And Butterflies
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A common complaint from girls and guys alike is that vaginas are gross, unhygienic, and smell bad. So I'm here to clear up the rumors. A vagina is supposed to smell like... well, a vagina, not rainbows and butterflies or oceans and meadows or any other sort of artificial scent. If you're doing things to "improve" the way your vagina smells, you're probably causing yourself way more problems than you would have originally had.

Important note: If it smells persistently yeasty, fishy, metallic, musky, or rotten, that's a sign you may have a serious infection and you should seek medical assistance.

The Basic Biology 

First things first, there's a difference between your vagina and your vulva. "Vulva is actually the correct term for all of the external organs, including the mons pubis..., the labia majora and minora, the all-important clitoris, the external openings of the urethra ... and the vagina."

While it's okay to use mild soap on your vulva (the outside), no scented or dyed products should ever enter your vagina (the internal part) as they could cause serious infections.

Your vagina is super acidic (between 3.5 and 4.5 on the pH scale, about the same pH as tomato juice or orange juice. Soap has a pH around 9 or 10, which is great for cleansing your skin but can seriously mess up that natural balance of your vagina, so soap should definitely never be put inside.

The Problem

vagina pincushion

Your vagina truly smells the way it's supposed to smell. It isn't supposed to smell like a meadow or flowers or any other sort of artificial scent.

Soap is bad for the bacteria and the pH in your vagina, even without perfumes and dyes. However, the chemicals in perfumes and dyes can cause allergic reactions or other types of irritation, which is bad enough on your external skin but can cause some serious pain and medical problems on such a sensitive part of your body.

Don't douche unless your doctor tells you to. Douching kills the healthy bacteria that live in your vagina and leaves you prone to infections from the chemical imbalance. Douching can also leave your body vulnerable to STD's because you won't be able to fight off the infection due to missing components in your vagina.- messes with natural lubrication, pH, and healthy bacteria

Specifically branded feminine washes aren't approved by doctors and contain a number of unknown chemicals, whose effects we don't really consider before trying them. They're not clinically sound and many scientists suggest avoiding them. "The vagina is a perfectly-balanced ecosystem... The best thing you can do is to not interfere with this process."

The Solution

all vaginas are different

WATER is your best friend. Drink water and keep hydrated to keep your pH levels nice and balanced out. Wash your vulva with water and only use a mild soap on the outside if you decide to.

Take steps to avoid infections: pee after sex and after being in a swimming pool, hot tub, or another body of water. Change out of a swimsuit as soon as you can. Wear primarily cotton underwear.

Avoid feminine wash soaps, bubble baths, and other good-smelling, dyed products. They truly do more harm than good.

Diet changes can also help boost your vaginal health. Eat yogurt, specifically Greek yogurt, or take a probiotic supplement to boost the growth of good bacteria in your vagina. Fruits, vegetables, and fatty foods can also help boost your gynecological health. Check out this list for the different types of foods and their uses.

At the end of the day, your vagina is perfect the way it is. We all have different bodies and they all behave in different ways. Keeping yourself clean, healthy, and safe is the best thing you can do for your body. Beyond that, it's up to you to love and care for the body you're in. After all, you only have one.

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How Much Do You REALLY Know About Contracting STDs? Take This Quiz To Test Yourself

Time to find out how much you really know.

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I don't care what anyone says, safe sex is better than unprotected sex. There are a ton of myths regarding sex, STDs, and germs. It's time to learn the facts. Be kind to your body and protect it. Be honest with yourself and a partner. Even if it's a one night stand, STDs should be on your mind–don't let it be a turnoff. STDs have been on the rise and "The United States continues to have the highest STD rates in the industrialized world." This is your wake-up call.





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My Parents Didn’t Tell Me To Stay Pure Until Marriage, I Made That Decision On My Own

So, please respect my decision.

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As we evolve into a more open and accepting world, the one thing that is getting less taboo is sex. It's not something that is talked about behind closed doors. It's something that is on the television screens and easily accessible on our phones. People talk about it and promote it like it's small talk. It's so hard to escape, especially as a young adult.

To say that I am staying pure until marriage is a very uncommon thing, at least in my opinion. Sure, I have friends who are in the same boat as I am. But, even at a Christian college, sex is everywhere and most people are partaking in it. However, I decided to not.

Growing up, my parents never told me to stay pure until marriage directly. I went to church and heard about it in sermons. I knew that by keeping myself pure until marriage, I would enjoy it more knowing that I waited for my future husband. I understand that some people may not agree with me on this topic, but here's why I am saving myself.

1. I want to know that the man loves me.

For me, I want to have sex with someone that I love. Now, you may defend this with the fact that your boyfriend loves you. That's great. But, dating isn't always a sure thing. Boys (and girls) can say that they love you, just to get in your pants. And, they will. It happens all the time. And, because you are blinded by love, you will end up giving in and doing it. But, see, I don't want to be blinded by love. I want to know that the person I am with, is with me forever. By making the biggest commitment aka marriage, that is a clear sign that they love me and want me forever. This is a good example of actions show more than words do. They can say they love me, but when they showcase that love, that's when I know it is real.

2. I want to give all of me to one person.

I heard this great example my senior year that discusses this exact thing. For someone like Hugh Hefner, who was with HUNDREDS of women, when he got older, he said he didn't feel anything anymore when it came to sex. He was numbed by the whole experience. It wasn't pleasurable or for love. By having sex with countless women, he had given a little part of himself to each of them, until he had nothing left. Therefore, by saving myself for one person, they would be getting all of me. As a whole. 100%. This is special because no one else has that except for my future husband.

3. The idea of getting pregnant scares me because of the lack of security.

For the past three generations in my family, they have all had children young. 15, to 17, to 20 years old. Blinded by love. Manipulated by their hormones. They had sex and got pregnant. To see not only 1 woman, but 3 women in my life go through that, I know how difficult it is. You're a kid yourself. Personally, I do want children. However, I have so many dreams and goals for myself. I want to graduate from college. Get a good career. Travel. Fall in love. A lot of that can be halted by a child. I don't know if I would get to achieve everything I want to, especially if I would have to raise the child alone (which usually happens). So, by waiting for marriage, I am using the biggest form of birth control.

4. There's no comparing, if you have only been with one person.

Now, this is different for every relationship. However, everyone feels insecure or uncomfortable when it comes to dating and relationships. Knowing that someone has had sex prior, you wonder if you are shaping up or doing better than the previous. By only having sex with one person, it relieves the stress of comparison.

5. It brings me closer to God.

One important lesson I have learned from friends, college, and personal experience, is that relationships (when it isn't built on God), you tend to stray away from Him. Therefore, by making my relationship with God stronger, I fall in love with Him first. Then, I am capable of loving a boy and committing to something like marriage and sex.

So, no, my parents never convinced me to stay pure until marriage. It was my own decision. I have reasoning for staying pure and it's my choice. So, please stop shaming virginity in the 21st century, because I'm not shaming you if you aren't one.

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