Sweating helps our bodies regulate our temperature when it becomes overheated. Unfortunately, some areas of our bodies sweat MORE than others, including this one region that we often don’t talk about, our groin!
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VAGINA, VULVA, GROIN – AREN’T THEY THE SAME THING?
No, they are NOT the same! It’s important to first make the distinction between the vagina and the vulva.
The vagina is the internal part of the female genitalia. The vulva is the outer part where hair follicles are present and the part that can become sweaty. The vulva includes the vestibule (opening of the vagina), the outer lips (labia majora), the inner lips (labia minora), and the clitoris.
The area where the skin creases at the top of each leg is called the groin.
The vulva is home to a lot of different smells, so it’s important to know how to manage it without doing harm to certain areas.
WHY DOES IT SMELL DOWN THERE?
The vagina does not have any sweat glands, so it’s the vulva and groin area that are responsible for sweat and odor production. Just like with our underarms, the groin houses apocrine glands which secretes a fatty type of sweat that contains proteins. This protein is broken down by bacteria, which results in sweat with a much more distinct odor than from other parts of the body.
Virtually all other parts of the body have eccrine glands (secretes water, less odorous), with the highest density on our palms, feet and head.
As if vaginal sweating isn’t already uncomfortable enough, it can be embarrassing due to odor. Even though deodorant is a great solution for underarm odor, it should never be used on the pubic region as it can throw off the natural pH balance of the body.
THE ULTIMATE CULPRIT FOR ODOR
Typically areas of the body that are dense with hair follicles produce more sweat! With more sweat comes more odor when mixed with bacteria on our skin. These areas include our underarms, our head and of course – the groin area.
However, if you are experiencing increased odor or have abnormal vaginal discharge, you should always consult with your doctor.
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