My partner says my vagina smells

Dear Rebecca,

Recently my partner told me that he thinks my vagina smells funny. We’ve been together nearly five months and it’s the first time he’s mentioned it. I feel awful and don’t know what to do. Please can you help?



Hi Alana,

Thank you for your email. I wonder if your boyfriend meant that your vagina smelled different than usual as opposed to ‘funny’? Perhaps you could ask him what he meant exactly. Did he mean that you had an unusual smell or something else? Have you noticed a change in your own smell?

It’s quite normal for a woman’s bodily scents to change and differ over the month. As your hormones change and go through their regular cycle your vagina may very well give off a different smell and even have a different taste. It’s possible that he had just not experienced you at that particular phase and it may have been unfamiliar to him. If that’s the case, he will eventually come to know the full range of your scents and will come to love them all.

Sometimes the smell of your vagina will change to indicate an infection. I would recommend you have a check up with your GP or with a sexual health professional. They will make sure you are in tip top shape and if there is any infection will be able to help you clear it up.

Occasionally a change in the smell of your vagina can indicate poor diet, or being run down. If that’s the case, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water (this will help to flush out any toxins in your body) and eat as healthily as you can.

One last thing to be aware of is what products you use on or near your vagina. You may have had an allergic reaction to a condom, shower gel or even a tampon. Your GP or sexual health professional will be able to help you pinpoint any allergy and you can easily change brands if you need to.

With love,



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