Q: What does it mean if a girl’s vagina smells bad?
A: All vaginas naturally have a odor just like all people’s breath has a odor, and not all of these are necessarily “bad”. However, if you or your partner is concerned about vaginal odor, wearing cotton panties or looser-fitting garments around the genitals may help, because synthetic fabrics and tight clothing can trap moisture and odors. Also, gently washing the genitals with mild soap and water when you shower should get rid of any unpleasant naturally occurring odor, just like brushing your teeth clears up bad breath. However, a severe odor could be a sign of certain problems, such as: a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, or chlamydia. If that’s the case, it may be time to consider seeing a doctor to get it checked out.