Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar_universal
Bad odor on underwear but not on me?
My underwear smells awful in the crotch area - the closest thing I can liken it to is perm solution - and every pair I have is stained a dingy brown color and retains a musky smell and grimy feel even after washing.   However, my skin "down there" doesn't have this same bad odor - it smells...well, like it's supposed to.

I bathe regularly, I use wet wipes as well as toilet paper after going to the bathroom, I wear cotton underwear, I throw out the old and buy new underwear every six months or so (sooner, if need be), I don't douche or use scented sprays or feminine products.  We already use scent/dye-free detergent and dryer sheets because of my husband's allergies.  I hate it because I'm embarrassed of the way my underwear looks and smells, even if it's just me who sees it.

I am a little on the larger side and to tend to sweat more in the thigh/crotch area (I also have that problem of a little darkening of skin in that area.)  Is this merely sweat reacting with normal discharge?  How can I remedy this, or at least make it a little better.  I'd like to know how to prevent it from happening as much, and maybe how to treat the underwear when washing.  I've had this problem since early in high school (24 now), and it's always driven me crazy.  I have asked various doctors about it but they kind of just shrug it off and tell me "oh, it happens".
Cancel
2 Answers
Page 1 of 1
134578_tn?1446090952
As long as your vaginal exams are normal, paps normal, and you have never tested positive for BV or a venereal disease, maybe it is normal.  I'd ask at your next pelvic exam to have the doctor swab for BV, but other than that, would just wear panty liners and toss them every time you go to the bathroom and put new ones in.
Comment
Cancel
134578_tn?1446090952
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar_universal
I'm 11 I'm having these problems too I didn't have a period yet but I don't know it might sound icky but i tried perfume
Comment
Cancel
Avatar_universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar_universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Bad odor on underwear but not on me?
Submit Answer
A
A
Recent Activity
1108141_tn?1443272987
Blank
KTowne, Belle313, and LandM2009 commented on renae176's status
1 hr ago
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
12940884_tn?1454283997
Blank
LandM2009, and Belle313 commented on LandM2009's status
9 hrs ago
Blank
Menstrual Tracker
Track your cycles
Start Tracking Now
Blank
Weight Tracker
Reach your weight goals
Start Tracking Now
Top Women's Health Answerers
Avatar_universal
Blank
134578_tn?1446090952
Blank
136956_tn?1425609872
Blank
Mississauga, ON
Avatar_universal
Blank
Tucson, AZ
973741_tn?1342346373
Blank
4851940_tn?1385441629
Blank
United Kingdom
Women's Health Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1443740527
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Women's Health Answerers
Avatar_universal
Blank
134578_tn?1446090952
Blank
136956_tn?1425609872
Blank
Mississauga, ON
Avatar_universal
Blank
Tucson, AZ
973741_tn?1342346373
Blank
4851940_tn?1385441629
Blank
United Kingdom