Should you ditch a guy who complains that you smell down there?
Perhaps this is a topic that most women don’t want to talk about. Even amongst themselves, no one wants to admit that the vagina has a distinct odor. But did you know that your vagina should have an odor and that it is completely normal and healthy?
A normal vagina has an odor because it has its own pH balance. If you try to “mask” its normal scent, this can actually lead to offsetting your pH which will, ironically, lead to more odor.
Gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter is a Canadian doctor that believes that when partners complain about the scent of their partner’s vagina it is actually a form of abuse. In fact, she urges women to dump men who do this. She even said that she had a boyfriend who complained about the scent of her vagina. She explained, “I once dated a guy who insinuated my vagina did not smell right. He was an a** in other ways too. For example, he though my hair would be better if it were straight. Sadly, I took the bait, it wasn’t. He thought I would look better if I dressed a certain way. Again, I took the bait. I just felt worse. When it came around to telling me how my vagina could be better it finally clicked that this is a form of control that men often use. Fortunately, I am an appropriately confident vagina expert and I had a light bulb moment and dumped his sorry a**.”
If there is an unusual odor, Dr. Gunter advises going to see your doctor. However, she emphasizes that a normal vagina will always have an odor and that is perfectly okay. She went on to say, “Telling women how they can be better is a classic way of tapping into body image issues and honestly in my personal opinion it is a form of abuse.”
Dr. Gunter also said that a vagina doesn’t need douches, perfumed cleansers, or other products that women think they need to mask a vaginal scent. The vagina will naturally clean itself out and using these products can actually defeat the purpose.
What do YOU think? Would you dump a guy who complains that you smell down there?
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