Not everyone’s vagina would smell the same. And your vagina doesn’t need to smell like a field of flowers.1 You’ll notice that slightly acidic scent due to the presence of lactic acid in your vagina. And a healthy vagina will have a range of different scent throughout the month. During various points of your menstrual cycle, your unique smell will fluctuate between a stronger and more subtle scent.2 And you shouldn’t be worried about these change

Here are some smell descriptions to take note of:

  • Strong, pungent smells are abnormal.3 unusual discharge.
  • Musky scent means that you’re wearing clothing that’s too tight.2
  • Metallic smell (like iron) during period means it’s the smell of blood and that’s natural.2

When a sniff should cause you to worry, such as unpleasant and strong odour, it may be time to consult a doctor. You don’t want the infection to get worse.

  1. Webmd. Why Does My Vagina Smell? Available at Last accessed April 2018.
  2. Bustle. Does My Vagina Smell Healthy? 5 Common Vaginal Odors, Explained. Available at Last accessed April 2018.
  3. Mayo Clinic. Symptoms – Vaginal odor. Available at Mayo Clinic. Symptoms – Vaginal odor. Available at