Dear Dr. Kate,
I was just wondering if all vaginas smell the same. It sounds really weird but I am so insecure about the smell/taste of mine. My boyfriend does not seem to mine going down there, so I figure it must not be bad, but I can't help but think mine smells wrong or different from other women's. I can smell mine after I wipe and on my dirty underwear...I'm just not sure if that is normal or not. I have been tested for STD's and everything, so why does mine have such a distinct scent/taste? Can other people smell it too?
Thanks so much for helping me with this. I've always wondered but didn't know who to ask.
Odorific Down Under
No, all vaginas don't smell, or taste, the same...but they do all smell. Every woman has a different musky scent, and we tend to be very attuned to our own smell, even when no one else is aware of it. No one smells you through your clothes; I will occasionally notice a patient's scent when she's undressed (and I'm doing her Pap smear),
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Can we please talk about those quirky individuals who practically live at the gym doing the same thing over and over again? You know the ones I mean: they're always there anytime you are, perpetually doing the same, tired exercise.Read More »from What crazy people at the gym can teach you about life
At my gym there this woman who always wears blue shorts and a baseball cap and looks to be in her early thirties. She is always on this elliptical-like machine that works the outer thighs--you move your legs outwards in a way that resembles roller blading. Here's what we know: when my friend Lee and I first started hitting the gym in the morning, we saw her every Monday and Wednesday at 6:45 a.m. She was on the machine before we arrived and still on it after we left an hour later. Recently, we switched up our gym routine and went on a Thursday morning. Blue Shorts was there. Then we went on a Tuesday morning, getting to the gym at 6:00 a.m. She was already there! On the same machine!
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I've never flown with my infant son, so could you tell me the latest rules on traveling with breast milk and formula? --Blair Welser, Indianapolis, Indiana
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- Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint. Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening.
- You are encouraged to travel with only as much formula, breast milk, or juice in your carry-on needed to reach your destination.
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