Dr Jen Gunter- a Canadian doctor has called on women with ‘smelly vaginas’ to dump boyfriends, husbands, male partners with benefit who complain about the natural smell of their genitals.
Dr. Jen revealed that a vagina should smell and it’s a ‘form of abuse’ when men complain and women should not feel ashamed or feel they have to resort to buying harmful products that create artificial odours.
The Canadian gynaecologist insists that the harmful products upset the vagina’s natural pH balance and leaves one at a greater risk of infections like gonorrhoea and even HIV.
Writing in her latest blog newsletter, Dr Jen revealed she once dumped a boyfriend for complaining about the smell of her genitals.
"I once dated a guy who insinuated my vagina did not smell right. He was an a** in other ways too. For example, he thought my hair would be better if it were straight. Sadly I took the bait, it wasn’t.
He thought I would look better if I dressed a certain way. Again I took the bait. I just felt worse. When it came around to telling me how my vagina could be better, it finally clicked that this is a form of control that men often use.
Fortunately, I am an appropriately confident vagina expert and I had a light bulb moment and dumped his sorry a**.
I realize this may border on TMI [too much information], but honestly, if it happened to me I bet it has happened to other women.
A vagina takes care of itself. Like a self-cleaning oven. The vagina needs no cleaning and the vulva needs very little.
However, ‘a strong vaginal odour – for instance, a “fishy” smell – might be abnormal and could indicate a problem. If you think you have a medical condition, see a doctor. If your partner insinuates that an artificial smell is preferable to the smell of a normal vagina they are the one who has an issue.
Telling women how they can be better is a classic way of tapping into body image issues and honestly, in my personal opinion it is a form of abuse".
Previously, Dr Gunter stressed that women should be aware that douches are not necessary – and even dangerous – as our intimate areas are designed to clean themselves. She also warned about the dangers of carrying out a ‘vagina facial’ using a cucumber.