Odor… it happens. And I’m not just talking about underarms.

As women, we’ve been told a tired narrative that “vaginal odor” is an inevitable reality. It’s not.

We also have an industry of products currently on the market that mislead women into believing that all vaginas have a foul odor.

As a gynecologist, seeing patients in the office who voiced concerns about “vaginal odor” is common. It comes up even if that is not the reason for the visit.

Women who have been told they have had Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) in the past become concerned when they notice that off or fishy odor again.

Even the most subtle odors can be concerning for women.

What I began to realize is that the lab tests often did not conclusively support a diagnosis of BV, yet women had been told they have it and then sent home with an antibiotic (they may not have needed).

Not such a big deal, but that odor likely will return again, and then what?

How does this happen?

Here’s where the imperfect diagnosis comes in

Doctors use Amsel’s Criteria to diagnose Bacterial Vaginosis in the office. It is composed of 4 criteria, and 3 of the 4 must be present in order to make the “diagnosis.”

The bottom line is, BV is an imperfect diagnosis. It is very subjective, and far too often it’s based on a hunch the physician may have.

For instance, if a physician detects a fishy odor during the examination, the assumption is BV right off the bat.

Another criteria physicians use to diagnose BV is a vaginal pH greater than 4.5. This could indicate BV and other infectious conditions, but the pH can also increase after recent intercourse. How recent? As far out as 3 days.

Not only that, menstrual blood increases the vaginal pH.

Pregnancy, ovulation, and normal post-menopausal discharge all can register a pH greater than 4.5…

As you can see, many normal activities and part of being a woman can cause a pH greater than 4.5 – not just when something’s wrong.

Overdiagnosis happens.

And often, the patient goes home with an antibiotic and the insecurity of feeling like she has something wrong with her.

How often?

Physicians misdiagnose BV 61% of the time and yeast vaginitis 73% of the time!

This is very consistent with what I observed in my own practice.

Taking the science in a whole new direction

I questioned the imperfect doctor’s office diagnosis of BV. I wondered if this common fishy odor women experience from time to time could more commonly be external (resulting from day to day life!) and less often vaginal (Bacterial Vaginosis or Trichomoniasis).

My theory goes against the very tired and imperfect industry-provided explanations women have been offered for 75 years! This is a very disruptive discovery!

The vagina is inaccurately blamed for odor over 70% of the time.

This is when it got really exciting!

I proved in an outside lab that the odor molecule that forms with BV (Trimethylamine) is the exact same odor molecule that forms on the outside of our bodies.

That means everyday external odor from intercourse or with our periods or menopause is indistinguishable from the odor that occurs with Bacterial Vaginosis!

Finally… a home remedy that works

An external odor should be treated with an external remedy. And it should be one that women can use on their own at home.

This is exactly why I developed Lume.

This discovery empowers women to effectively address odor concerns at home, and often times saves them a visit to their gynecologist.

So if you have concerns about odor, there’s a good chance it’s external and could be resolved at home by using Lume.

If after using Lume a few days, you still notice odor, then you need to be evaluated by your physician to rule out something more significant going on.

Did you Lume today?


Lume is not intended to diagnose or treat conditions of the vulva or vagina. 

7 thoughts on “Lume May Save You a Trip To The Gynecologist

  1. Katie Boschee says:

    I have tried every single deodorant on the market and privately made. Companies swear by them and not one of them has ever worked. After seeing Dr. Klingman’s presentation online from being on the news I decided that I was going to step out of my box and give this one a shot. Reluctantly and with very little faith I purchased the underarm deodorant and airless pump. I mean I would sweat just because I’m older now and who knows what makes me sweat. I work full-time, I’m not nervous I have worked for the same company for twenty-one years. I actually think“ why am I perspiring I’m not even hot, plus I’m past menopause”?? The product came and it actually went on like a light cream, hmm interesting. The first few days no smell during the day and when I was getting ready for bed still no smell. I didn’t say anything to anyone as I didn’t want to jinks myself. I’m here to say I will be with you until I go six feet under. It’s been three weeks and I even have those horrible old lady folds and it works so there is no odor there. I have no more underarm B.O. Dr. Klingman. God love you for being so diligent and passionate about your product. I’m ready to tell the world, as I’m now as passionate and a believer. Thank you for such a great product. Your’s for life!! Katie B.

    • Julie M. Fedele says:

      Katie, when you apply Lume to your folds lijlke I especially have from losing weight, doesn’t it stay moist in that area? Then I can get a rash and have to use a medicated powder to heal that area. Any suggestions?

      Thank you,

      • Shannon Klingman, MD says:

        Hi Julie, Thank you for your comment and concern. With significant weight loss, this is a common concern. When you are applying Lume to any skin folds, be sure you do not have redness or a rash due to (most commonly) yeast before using it. Lume will slough off skin that has been effected by yeast to expose the healthy layer below. Once you have the yeast cleared up with either a prescription from your doctor or clotrimozole/hydrocortisone from your local drug store, you can begin using Lume sparingly just 2-3 times a week. We recommend a blow dryer on a warm setting after bathing and drying off, then apply Lume sparingly. It should dry quickly and eliminate the odors associated with skin on skin contact while helping to keep the yeast build up at bay for you. I hope you find this helpful. Shannon Klingman MD

  2. Erica says:

    I am so impressed by this product. Commercial deodorant never worked for me and just did a flowery cover up. Natural deodorants decreased the smell but the baking soda turned my pits dark and itchy. I take so many precautioning in my daily routine to keep the odor down but even after showering I still feel off. Oh and I been to the gynecologist so many time. As soon as I saw this post and how you broke down the misdiagnosis of BV I knew you legit and I needed to buy. I have only been using it three days but all of the odor is gone. I am actually experimenting today and didn’t put it in my private parts area just to see how long it lasts. I am buying this for my teenage sister so she doesn’t have to deal with what I did as a teen. I was a virgin for all of high school but felt so dirty because of my odor issues. I am a customer for life.

    • Shannon Klingman, MD says:

      Lume can be applied anywhere you have external odor and wish you didn’t. You apply it to any external folds where skin touches skin just a few times a week should do it. Avoid internal application since that isn’t were odor lives anyway:)

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