Female organs are very complicated and delicate. You should always urinate after sex, and bathe appropriately. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, products containing scents or additives, as well as douches are NOT recommended for vaginal odor. Essentially, semen can cause the pH of your vagina to become off kilter, and the penetration can push bacteria from the external vagina, or from the penis — into the reproductive organs which cause bacteria to grow. Make sure to avoid scented female products and douches to clean the vagina. The vagina is victim to a malady of hormones and pheromones, intended to attract the opposite sex, all which play a part in how your vagina smells. In fact, one study from American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology attributes shaving the nether region as a culprit of spreading the nasty staph and strep viruses that crop up in the forms of ingrown hairs, cysts and boils around the vagina. Wear clean underwear made of cotton, breathable fabrics. Please note that by submitting your question to Petra, you are giving your permission for her to use your question as the basis of her column, published online at Wonder Women. What changes can I do to minimize vaginal odor? One of the first signs of a sexually transmitted disease can be a change in your normal vaginal odor. I was prescribed some vaginal pessaries called balance activ to use for prevention and maintenance of ph levels. Including not washing; being aggravated by certain fabrics, tight clothes, washing powders or soaps. Is it true shaving down there contributes to strong vaginal odor? If the vagina smells fishy, or there is a heavy discharge present, these are the classic signs that there is an overgrowth of bacteria.