Let's first discuss what can cause odor. First, despite what many may think, your vagina has very little odor. Vaginal discharge, menstrual blood, and sweat have no malodor (a particularly strong or offesnsive smell). When these forms of discharge mix with our body's normal bacteria, odor can develop. Yes, some can get trapped in pubic hair, sit too long in our underwear, or on a pad. That said, shaving is not necessary and simply a personal preference. Vaginal hygiene should consist of washing the external portion of your vagina and surrounding area with mild soap and water daily. Never attempt to wash the inside of your vagina and avoid perfumed soaps.