These harmful products, she says, upset the vagina’s natural pH balance and leave you at a greater risk of infections like gonorrhoea and even HIV.
Writing in her latest blog newsletter, the Canadian gynecologist revealed she once dumped a boyfriend for complaining about the smell of her genitals.
‘I once dated a guy who insinuated my vagina did not smell right. He was an a** in other ways too. For example, he thought my hair would be better if it were straight. Sadly I took the bait, it wasn’t.
‘He thought I would look better if I dressed a certain way. Again I took the bait. I just felt worse.
‘When it came around to telling me how my vagina could be better, it finally clicked that this is a form of control that men often use.
‘Fortunately I am an appropriately confident vagina expert and I had a light bulb moment and dumped his sorry a**.
‘I realize this may border on TMI [too much information], but honestly if it happened to me I bet it has happened to other women.
A vagina takes care of itself. Like a self cleaning oven. The vagina needs no cleaning and the vulva needs very little.
However, ‘a strong vaginal odor – for instance, a “fishy” smell – might be abnormal and could indicate a problem.
‘If you think you have a medical condition, see a doctor. If your partner insinuates that an artificial smell is preferable to the smell of a normal vagina they are the one who has an issue.
‘Telling women how they can be better is a classic way of tapping into body image issues and honestly in my personal opinion it is a form of abuse.’
Dr Gunter has previously stressed that women should be aware that douches are unnecessary – and even dangerous – as our intimate areas are designed to clean themselves.
She also recently warned about the dangers of carrying out a ‘vagina facial’ using a cucumber.