Odor During Ovulation. It is normal for the genitals to have a “special” smell, although not unpleasant. We all know that there are some glands (endocrine) that secrete sweat, but it is not as well known.
That both men and women have other glands (apocrine) in certain parts of the body (in women they are located around the nipples, in the navel, under the arms and in the genital area in the labia minora), which secrete other fluids that have a “special” smell, and play a very important role in sexual attraction.
If unpleasant odors appear in the genital area, the most frequent cause, if there is no infection that can cause them, is the accumulation of moisture both in the endocrine and apocrine glands and the action of bacteria on these secretions.
The most effective measure to reduce the risk of unpleasant odor, is to wash the vulva at least once a day, with warm water and a mild soap without perfume (preferably neutral) during bathing or showering.
All women usually have a vaginal discharge that may have different characteristics and is called vaginal or genital discharge. Some glands located on the walls of the vagina and vulva and next to the cervix produce this flow that besides moisturizing and lubricating the vagina, it cleans it by transporting dead cells and other microorganisms out of the body. The appearance of this flow is similar to mucus. When you do not have the rule, the normal flow can have different aspects. It can be transparent, totally, white, and even yellowish. Its consistency is also very variable, from virtually liquid to very thick.
The appearance and quantity of the flow vary from one woman to another, and also within the same woman from a few days to another. It is usually more abundant and transparent on the days of ovulation (approximately in the middle of the cycle). On the other hand, it is usually less abundant (or almost nonexistent) and thicker on the days before and after the period.
On days that have a lot of flow or when you are away from home and have no chance to wash / shower, you can use the panty liner to feel more comfortable and improve your hygiene. The protegeslip protects (as its name suggests) your panties. To be effective, you have to change it as often as you need.
You should not confuse the various possible aspects of the flow with the existence of an abnormal flow. The flow is considered abnormal when:
- Smells bad
- Itching or stinging
- It changes color and turns greenish or grayish
- Lumps appear
- Presents blood outside of menstruation
- It is accompanied in addition to redness of the vulva
In all these cases, it is advisable to consult with a gynecologist, since these changes can sometimes be caused by a vulvar or vaginal infection that should be controlled and treated properly.