1. Metallic What it means: You just had your period or contact with semen. The change of pH causes the scent. This should be temporary. (If not, see your doctor.)
2. Fishy What it means: You might have bacterial vaginosis. It's a type of vaginal inflammation from the overgrowth of bacteria in your vagina.
Bacterial vaginosis can be caused by unprotected sex or frequent douching.
Treatment: Antibiotics. (Although bacterial vaginosis can go away without any treatment.)
3. Bread-y What it means: You might have a yeast infection.
Yeast infections are very common. They're not usually serious, but they can bother you. Your vagina feels itchy or sore. Some women have a thick, clumpy, white, and odorless discharge when they have a yeast infection.
Treatment: Vaginal or oral medicine.
Only use non-prescription vaginal yeast infection medication without a doctor's diagnosis if you: - are not pregnant. - are sure you have a yeast infection. - haven't been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection. - are not having multiple, recurrent infections.
4. Musky What it means: Your vagina is healthy! The musky smell is caused by the surrounding sweat glands. Carry on!