This Is Why Women Shave Their Legs, And It's Not What You Expect

June 30, 2014 1:31 PM

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Here's the thing: In addition to having the power to usher actual human beings into the world, vaginas also have their own distinct scent. "A healthy vagina will usually have some sort of smell, but the scent may vary day-to-day depending on how active you are," Cosmopolitan explains. Vaginal douches are generally marketed to women as means of reducing that perfectly healthy and natural odor, fueling totally unnecessary insecurities. Added bonus: They're not safe! "Repetitive douching disrupts the normal organisms that reside in the vagina and can actually increase your risk of vaginal infection," explains the Mayo Clinic. In other words, douching puts women at risk for certain infections that can actually lead to unwanted odors and discharge. Just say no.

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