All that marketing might have you wondering if period stank is a real problem that actually needs to be fixed, but the experts say you shouldn’t fall for it.
Here’s the thing: Scented period products and douches do nothing but irritate your vagina. Bottom line: Your vagina cleans itself. All douching does is change your natural pH level, most likely leading to infections. The same problems can arise when you use scented pads or tampons, too.
Beyond the itch, those scented chemicals can lead to inflammation and rashes, says Minkin. Um, no thanks. And if one of those scents reacts badly with your natural pH, you could be on the road to bacterial vaginosis and other infections, although, Minkin says allergic reactions are more common. In order to keep everything happy and healthy, she recommends sticking to the unscented products.
As with any allergy, you won’t know until you experience it first hand. But why risk it? Your vagina is not meant to smell like a lavender garden, so you’re better off letting her live.