Smells Down There


Smells down there can tell us a lot about our health so its important to keep in tune with changes.

Check out these posts on what the smells of your penis or vulva mean and remember you should only wash down there with mild, unscented soap and water.

Vagina Smells & What They Mean

Like discharge, smells can tell you a lot about your vulva, so it’s important to keep tabs on what’s going on down there.

It’s important to remember that smells change and that’s ok. Subtle changes in your vaginal fragrance are normal, as it’s quite a sensitive little being. Take P in V sex, semen has a relatively high PH so it’s super normal to notice a different kind of smell after you’ve had this kind of sex.

Sweaty Pits - The Apocrine glands (sweat glands) live in your armpits & groin area. For this reason, your penis may smell like your armpits/B.O after a long day.

Sour Beer - It's very common for vaginas to produce a sour odour. Most yoghurts & even some sour beer contain the same bacteria as a health vagina (Lactobacilli).

Bleach - An odour similar to bleach or ammonia can be down to two things, urine or BV (bacterial vaginosis). If its BV it will be accompanied with a fishy smell and a bleach smell can be due to dehydration.

A Penny - This metallic smell is often down to blood. Blood contain iron which has this kind of smell. You can often have this smell during menstruation or bleeding after sex - lube up people!

Abnormal Smells

A Rotting Smell - This kind of smell may not be your vagina but a forgotten tampon, however it can also happen during the end of your period due to old blood.

A Fishy Smell - This can either be due to an STI called 'Trichomoniasis' or BV. Trichomoniasis is super common and easily treated with antibiotics and BV is simply and overgrowth of your bacteria in your vagina.

Penis Smells & What They Mean

It’s important to keep an eye on the smells down below as they can often tell us how our body is doing. #cleanyourpeenRemember to only use mild, unscented soap to avoid infection!

The Sweaty Pit Smell - The Apocrine glands (sweat glands) live in your armpits & groin area. For this reason, your penis may smell like your armpits/B.O after a long day.

Ammonia (pee) - This happens when a penis owners underwear is not clean and has residual pee from the last time they went.

Fusty Feet - A bit like our feet, the penis is in a confined space during the day with no air and theres little escape for the sweat. 

To reduce these smells make sure you shower well, pulling back the foreskin to wash (if you have one). Make sure you're not sleeping in underwear also - give it time to breathe! 

If the smells doesn't go away however, this may indicate a health problem.

Things to look out for

If you are experiencing any type discharge that isn't pee or semen it is a reason to go see your GP or grab an STI test as it could be Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea.

Another reason for the bad smell could be built up smegma. A cheese like substance built up of dead skin and natural oils. it is more common in non-circumcised individuals who do not clean behind their foreskin.

If a penis is not cleaned and has residual smegma this can lead to a painful condition called Balantis - this is where the head of the penis becomes inflamed.


Certain body parts do not really have a smell - like your arm. This should be the same for your penis - at least a well cleaned one after a shower.

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