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Fishy Vaginal Odor? We’ve Got You Covered

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Hey, Goddess! At Goddess of the Sea, we believe in empowering you with knowledge about your body and its unique experiences. That includes discussing topics that may feel a little sensitive, like unusual odors. So, let's dive in and talk about something many women experience but few discuss openly – fishy vaginal odor.

Why does my vagina have a fishy smell?

First, it's important to know that if you're noticing a fishy smell, you're not alone, and it doesn't mean you've done anything wrong. 

There are several reasons why you may experience a fishy vaginal odor (more below about those other reasons) – but the most common cause is bacterial vaginosis (BV). 

What is bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

An imbalance between the good and harmful bacteria in your vagina causes bacterial vaginosis. 

Usually, your body maintains a delicate balance between these bacteria. However, when this balance is disrupted, the harmful bacteria can multiply, leading to BV and that distinctive fishy odor.

So, if you're noticing a fishy odor, remember – it's not your fault, and there's no need to feel embarrassed. You're simply experiencing a common health issue that many women face. 

What causes BV?

One common trigger for BV is a change in the vaginal pH, and certain activities can disrupt that pH balance. 

  • Douching, for instance, can wash away the good bacteria and alter your vaginal pH, making it more susceptible to BV.
  • Unprotected sex and having new sexual partners* can also disturb the bacterial harmony in your vagina. Semen is alkaline, and its introduction can shift the pH balance, favoring the growth of harmful bacteria. 
  • Hormonal changes are another factor that can affect your vaginal discharge and odor. During ovulation, your body produces more estrogen, which can alter the consistency and smell of your vaginal discharge. Pregnancy, too, brings about hormonal shifts that can lead to changes in vaginal discharge and sometimes the onset of BV.

Remember, these triggers don't mean you're doing anything wrong. They're simply part of many women's lives. The key is understanding how these factors can impact your vaginal health and taking steps to maintain balance.

*BV is not an STI or STD.

What are the symptoms of BV?

Recognizing the symptoms of BV is an essential step in seeking care and treatment. Here are the symptoms associated with BV that you should be aware of:

  • A fishy vaginal odor
  • Vaginal itching or pain
  • Thin, gray, white, or green vaginal discharge

Please note not everyone with BV will have noticeable symptoms, so regular check-ups with your healthcare provider can help ensure your vaginal health is on track.

It's also important to remember that everyone's body is unique, and variations in vaginal discharge and odor can be part of your normal cycle. However, if you notice a significant change or your symptoms cause discomfort, it's always a good idea to consult a healthcare professional.

How do I get rid of BV?

Most commonly, antibiotics are prescribed to tackle the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in your vagina. 

In some cases, BV might clear up on its own without treatment. However, following your healthcare provider's advice to prevent complications is important.

What else causes a fishy vaginal odor?

A woman sitting on an examine table talking to her doctor about the BV and other causes of fishy vaginal odor.

While bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common cause of fishy odor, it's not the only possible reason. Various conditions and factors can contribute to changes in vaginal odor.

  • Trichomoniasis: This sexually transmitted infection can cause a fishy odor, particularly after sex. It often comes with other symptoms like itching, redness, and a frothy discharge.
  • Poor hygiene: Not maintaining proper hygiene can lead to an unpleasant odor. It's essential to wash your genital area with mild, unscented soap.
  • Forgotten tampon: Leaving a tampon in for too long can cause a foul odor, as well as potentially serious health complications like Toxic Shock Syndrome.
  • Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in your hormonal levels due to menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause can affect your vaginal odor.
  • Sweat: Excessive sweat in your genital area can cause a musky scent.

Please remember, it’s completely normal for your vagina to have a smell and produce discharge. But when your normal yoni smell or discharge changes, you should start looking for reasons why.

If you're concerned about a persistent fishy vaginal odor, it's a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional. They can provide advice tailored to your specific situation and, if necessary, prescribe treatment.

How do I get rid of a fishy vaginal odor?

While certain conditions leading to a fishy vaginal odor require medical intervention, preventative care plays a role in maintaining vaginal health and helping rid your vagina of a fishy smell.

Goddess of the Sea Feminine Care Solutions

At Goddess of the Sea, we believe in empowering women to take control of their feminine health. This is why we’ve handcrafted a range of natural feminine care products designed specifically to support vaginal health and address concerns like fishy odors. 

Our products are gentle, pH-balanced, and formulated to maintain the natural flora of your vagina and battle BV and yeast.

Let's take a closer look at some of our star products that will help keep your vagina smelling just like it should:

A Goddess of the Sea feminine care product lineup: Premium Yoni Wash, Love Potion Yoni Cleanser, Mermaid Oil, and Boric Suppositories.

Premium Yoni Feminine Wash or Bar

This mild, pH-balanced feminine wash or premium bar is designed for your intimate area. It gently cleanses without disrupting your natural pH to help you feel fresh and confident.

We also offer a Yoni Wash Bundle and a Yoni Bar Bundle.

Love Potion Yoni Feminine Cleanser

This gentle, effective cleanser is designed to maintain your vaginal pH balance, prevent irritation, and keep you feeling fresh all day.

Mermaid Yoni Oil

This luxurious oil is packed with natural ingredients that nourish your skin and help maintain a healthy vaginal environment. It's your secret weapon against unwanted odors and discomfort.

Boric Acid Suppositories

These suppositories are a game-changer if you're prone to BV or yeast infections. They work by restoring your vaginal pH balance to create an environment where harmful bacteria struggle to survive.

Embrace Your Feminine Wellness Journey

A smiling woman in glasses against a dark blue background who's happy she got her vaginal odor issue under control with Goddess of the Sea.

Addressing fishy vaginal odor goes beyond temporary fixes. It's about understanding and caring for your body's natural needs. 

Goddess of the Sea champions this journey, offering natural, pH-balanced feminine care products. From our Premium Yoni Feminine Wash to the soothing Mermaid Yoni Oil, we're dedicated to supporting your vaginal health!

Embrace your wellness journey confidently, knowing that Goddess of the Sea stands with you, providing gentle, practical solutions for your intimate health concerns.

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