If you are menstruating, there is a chance that you have considered the purpose of scented tampons or wondered if they are safe to use at all during your period. After all, the vagina is a self-cleansing organ, and even when we clean the vulva, we are asked to avoid harsh, fragrant products.
According to an article from the Cleveland Clinic, you will also pass on the fragrant tampons. In the article, Dana Leslie, CNP explained that fragrant vaginal care products can disrupt the pH of the vagina as well as the balance between good and bad bacteria.
As previously explained to POPSUGAR by Sherry Ross, MD, an ob-gyn and co-founder of URJA Intimates, a disruption of vaginal balance can lead to problems such as dryness, itching, infection or burns.
Planned parents even recommend avoiding fragrant tampons, pillows and all perfumed vaginal care products to help prevent vaginitis, which can consist of problems such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.
The moral of the story? Save the scent for your candles, air fresheners and dish soap. The vagina does not have to smell like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers. In fact, the Mayo Clinic notes that it is perfectly normal for the vagina to have a faint odor, but a strong, abnormal odor may indicate a problem.
If you are concerned about the chemicals in your tampon or the smell of your vagina, consult your doctor for advice.