Changes in our hormones, how much we sweat and how hairy we are can make us smell like never before.
How can I stop sweat smells?
Sweat, by itself, doesn't smell at all.
It's only when it hangs around a while and the bugs on our skin get hold of it that things turn sour.
The solution is simple:
- Change underwear and any clothes that touch your armpits daily
- Wash every day with soap and warm water
- Pay particular attention to your armpits, bum and groin
- Rinse well with plenty of clean water.
Don't wash inside of the vagina is naturally self-cleaning.
Getting soap or body wash in there upsets the vagina's natural balance and can cause other problems.
Do clothes make a difference to how we smell?
Eventually, items you sweat a lot in (like gym kit) can end up smelling awful, even straight off the clothes line.
- Choose loose fitting, cotton underwear
- Keep natural fibres next to your skin as much as you can
- Wool, cotton, linen, hemp and bamboo are all good choices.
I've got sweat circles - help!
If you do sweat lots, try using an antiperspirant spray or roll-on for your armpits.
Some people naturally sweat more than others.
If it's causing you problems, speak to your doctor about what treatments are available.
I washed but my bits still smell - why?
Some people naturally have a stronger smell than others down below, even straight out of the shower.
This is your natural smell but nobody will notice it unless they get really close.
It can be dangerous to use deodorants or antiperspirants on your genitals - plain old soap and water is all you should need.
If you're worried about bad smells, and especially if things are a bit sore when you pee or bad smelling stuff comes out of your vagina, speak to your doctor or school nurse.
Find out more about seeing a doctor