It took me a little while to understand what my patient was asking me during her routine PAP exam.
“Is my smell too loud?”, she asked again.
She goes on to explain that she has been conscious her whole life of others noticing the musky odor from her body (mouth, hair and armpits), but mostly from her vaginal area. She has spent years trying to mask or cover up her own body odor in efforts to “get rid of it”.
⇒Why you feel wet “down there” in the absence of arousal
⇒What the color and odor of your discharge points to
⇒What you need to do to get it to STOP
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Her exam was completely normal and the resulting culture tests for infection were also negative so I was able to reassure her that she was most likely simply more in tune to her own scent and musk, sometimes called phermones.
The scent she felt was “too loud” was undetectable to me on a routine exam. I assured her that even a physician performing a pelvic exam is at least an arm’s length away and we are actually closer to the feet.
So ladies, if there IS any concern for loud odors, remember, it might be your feet!