Why Your Vagina Smells Like Onions — And What To Do About It

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Why Your Vagina Smells Like Onions And What To Do About It
Health And Wellness, Sex

Picture it: a sweltering July day. You showered before you left the house. You even used soap, clever girl that you are. You put on deodorant and gave yourself a mist of your favorite perfume.

Now you've been outside all of five minutes and you swear you can smell ... onions.

You sniff your pits. Nope, they smell like as fresh as a baby's (non-poopy) behind. You sit down at work and the truth reveals itself in a gust of stank: the bad odor is coming from your vagina.

That's right, you've got a case of onion vagina, and you've got it bad.

Why does my my vagina smell like onions?

Onion vagina is a real thing! It's also nothing to be ashamed of. There are many different types of vaginas and many things that go wrong with them.

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I once had onion vagina so badly that when I walked into my living room, my roommate asked if I had just been somewhere they were making a lot of soup.

Seriously. That happened.

Onion vagina is common and may caused by any number of things! Let's break down what's making you snatch stank and how to stop that oniony odor. Because onions should be in your food and not in your vagina.

Here's a list of 5 common reasons why your vagina sometimes smells like onions ...

1. A forgotten tampon

The time my onion vagina struck? It was a forgotten tampon, God help me.

While it doesn't happen often, people do forget that they've got tampons up there.

The smell of stale menses co-mingling with rotting cotton fibers? Yeah, it produces a stinky tang that's your body's way of being like, "Oh my God, you monster trash person, please rectify this situation."

What to do about it: To cure the smell, remove the tampon and take a nice shower or bath.

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2. The food you ate

You know how when you eat garlic or onions you taste garlic and onions for days?

That shit stays in your mouth. We all know that. I mean, the fact that these foods make our breath stink is practically why Altoids were invented (and thank heavens for them.)

But did you know that the food you eat can also make your vagina smell? It's true! Onions, asparagus, garlic, and curry are some of the most common foods known to change the way your vagina smells.

What to do about it: Wanna banish that smell? My friend, the only cure is time. Give it a week and that hard working vagina or yours is sure to right itself, bacterially speaking.

3. Sweat

Guess what? Humans sweat.

Guess what sweat does? It cools you down — and it also happens to stink.

Guess what else has a smell? Your vaginal fluids.

Sweat and vaginal fluids mixing together creates a very heady aroma. It's different for everyone. For some, it smells like stale kitty litter (wassup, that's me!), for others it can smell supremely of onions.

What to do about it: To banish this stank, change your clothes frequently, shower often, and wear natural, breathable fibers.

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4. Medications

Because medical science is a miracle, many folks have pills that they take to help keep them healthy and well. However, sometimes these medications can do stuff like make your vagina smell like an appetizer at a fancy French restaurant that's been left out in the sun for a couple of days.Barf.

Medications like antibiotics kill off what's making you sick, but sometimes they can kill off your vaginal flora, too. This unbalancing of your woman cave can produce stanky aromas.

What to do about it: The smell should go away on its own when you're done taking the medication. If it doesn't, get you to a doctor!

5. Bacterial vaginosis (or another form of infection)

When the normal PH and bacteria of your vagina change, it can mean a one-way ticket to BV city.

Basically, bacterial vaginosis is an increase in the levels of Gardnerella Vaginalis bacteria in the vagina. If you notice a gray discharge along with your onion smell, that could be a sign that you've got BV.

Another types of infection which might cause your vagina to smell like onions is trichomoniasis, typically considered an STI.

What to do about it: To cure this condition, it's important to go and see your doctor. You'll get a course of antibiotics to treat the infection. Of course, antibiotics might make the smell worse before it gets better, but you'll be on the road to health and non-onion vagina soon enough.

Now go take that onion vagina out on the town, and then put it out of its misery so it can get back to doing what it does best: welcoming penises and vibrators.

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Rebecca Jane Stokes is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cat, Batman. For more of her work, check out her Tumblr.