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Why Does My Vagina Smell Like Sweat? Experts Explain

Why Does My Vagina Smell Like Sweat? Experts Explain

by Shannon Klingman, M.D.

OK let's be honest with each other — woman to woman.

By Shannon Evans - Romper.com | October 7th, 2017

"Our vaginas have some smells, and they can change depending on the time of the month, menopause, and whether or not we are pregnant. While the causes of some particular scents are more obvious (menstrual bleeding is not exactly going to smell like roses), there are some odors you notice wafting up that seem downright odd. For instance, have you ever wondered, "Why does my vagina smell like sweat?" And I don't mean just after the gym." Read the entire Romper.com article here.

Lume founder and CEO, Dr. Shannon Klingman, interviewed with Romper.com to talk about all things odor! She explains that vaginal odor happens when women sweat and natural bacterial reactions occur. This natural odor can smell the exact same as a vaginal infection, leading to misdiagnoses! In fact, doctors over-diagnose BV 61% of the time and over-diagnose yeast infections 73% of the time. Yikes. That’s a lot of unnecessary antibiotics.

Because of this, it’s necessary that women pay attention to the smells their vaginal area may produce, so they know when something is actually out of the ordinary. Unpleasant odors are completely normal, but you can prevent them! Showering with soap and water is great at removing odor, but might not be enough to keep you feeling fresh and clean. If you want to prevent odor from returning for up to 72 hours, Lume could be exactly what you need! Lume Deodorant is super gentle, completely free from toxins, and has a skin-safe pH, which means you can apply it to even the most sensitive parts of your external body.

Lume is the first product of its kind to block the odor-causing bacterial reactions on your skin from occurring in the first place. Our tube deodorant is the easiest way to give your body odor protection in those hard-to-reach places.

How to apply Lume to your private parts:
Working from front to back (never work from back to front due to increased risk for urinary tract infections), apply to the clitoral hood, labia majora (NOT inside the vagina or around the urethra). Continue back to the perineum (the space between the rectum and vaginal opening) and sweep up between your butt cheeks to your tailbone. Wash your hands after (for goodness sake).

Vulva, meet Lume - your new best friend. ❤️

Shop Lume today!

Shannon Klingman, M.D.

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