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Member # 15399
posted 07-19-2007 05:18 PM
So I'm embarassed sometimes because of the odors that my vagina produces. It's not a sickening or nauseating smell, I just find it unpleasant sometimes and awkward if my boyfriend decides to venture down there..
Sometimes it's a more noticible smell when I eat heavily scented foods such as curry, onions, garlic, or anything really meaty. I've been looking around the internet and there's a product called "Jamu Herbal Stick" that seems to be everywhere claiming that it's a safe sort of "soap" for the vagina made out of herbal ingredients to cleanse and reduce vaginal odor, white discharge, and "tighten" the vagina. I don't really need a "vagina" tighter since that sounds like a load of crock, but I was wondering if this would be safe at all or it could reduce odor and white discharge. Thanks!! :3
Member # 25983
posted 07-19-2007 05:26 PM
If you wish to use soap, try an un-scented mild soap like Dove or a baby soap bar.
But as I found out recently recovering from a vulvar procedure (no soap for two weeks!), soap really does nothing water can't. Bathing in plain warm water kept me just as odor free, and I'm one of those who always believed soap necessary! So, it's really a personal preference more than anything.
Member # 22471
posted 07-19-2007 06:44 PM
Also, do bear in mind that vaginal discharge come from inside the vagina, obviously, and is a natural and healthy part of the vagina's cleaning process. Using mild soap or even water (which like Lauren said is just as effective) on the vulva is not going to reduce discharges. You also really don't WANT to be reducing discharges, since anything that may do so can also put you at risk of developing imbalances that can cause infections.
Member # 1679
posted 07-20-2007 08:59 AM
I looked up some information about that product you mentioned, and to be completely honest, I wouldn't let one of those things near my vagina for anything.
I mean seriously...that thing is basically designed to dry you out. The instructions even say that you should be careful because it'll likely adhere to the vaginal walls and could cause tears if you take it out too quickly. What an awful idea! Of course it gets rid of discharge and "tightens" things...by making them like the Sahara Desert! Heck, I could also funnel kitty litter into my vagina if I wanted to. Then I'd smell springtime fresh and be "tight" (read: "bone dry") too, but I don't think I want to sign up for that either. As the other posters noted, this product is definitely not something we'd at all suggest or recommend here. Frankly the whole idea is enough to make me wince. No soap or other cleanser belongs inside the vagina unless specifically prescribed for you by a health care provider. However, regarding your concerns about scent, let me toss out another thought for you. Remember that a good part of the scent we notice from our genitals also comes from sweat. I'd be more likely to guess that (especially when eating strong foods) the scent changes you are noticing come from the way that our sweat changes when we eat those sorts of things. As well, remember that a vagina is supposed to smell like a vagina. Not a rainstorm or ocean clean or multi-cat fresh. It's going to have a scent all it's own. You'll probably notice that your partner's genitals have a scent as well. So in general, unless you're noticing something that might indicate an infection, there's really nothing to worry about. If it really bothers you, how about a quick wash or rinse before you start sexual activity? [ 07-20-2007, 09:11 AM: Message edited by: KittenGoddess ]