Originally Answered: I have always had a strong vaginal odor? what can I do?
Your vagina is supposed to have an odour - it's supposed to smell like a vagina; musky but clean, and that smell does change as your hormones change throughout your cycle. Your vagina will only ever smell bad if there is a problem such as infection, but if it has been a constant for this long that suggests that it is not an infection at all.
One very important thing - STOP USING SOAP!
Your vagina is self-cleaning, all you ever need to keep clean is to use plain water and then wipe between your labia to clean away dirt and old discharge. Washing with soap will more likely cause bad odour and infections because it effects vaginal pH which is in charge of keeping a healthy balance of bacteria and yeast within your vagina, it is also indiscriminate as it will kill off healthy bacteria the same as it will kill healthy bacteria.
Baking soda will also lower vaginal pH so making it the perfect environment for yeast and bacteria. Calm down, you don't need to do any of the things you are doing, what you are doing will actually cause vaginal odour as well as effect vaginal health and hygiene.
Washing Your Vulva & Vagina: Soap Isn't A Friend - http://www.helpingteens.org/articles/gen...
You need to follow general rules, as well as washing regularly (daily) with water, wear plain white cotton panties, avoid synthetic clothing, avoid tight clothing, if you work sitting down all day walk about every now and then, don't wear any underwear to bed, keep a healthy diet - also consider testing vaginal pH, changes to your diet may change vaginal pH to a healthier level.
Do not use tampons, they encourage bacterial growth and effect vaginal pH due to chemical ingredients and by keeping flow in contact with the vagina, instead try menstrual cups or softcups. If you use pads only use cloth pads, or at least cotton pads, these allow for more air to get to your genitals than commercial pads, also these don't contain chemicals that can effect vaginal pH. Avoid using liners all the time, if you do use liners use cloth or cotton and only use them occasionally.
During sex your partner may add to the problem - vaginal pH is acidic, semen isn't, your vagina cannot adjust fast enough to the pH difference so can cause odour after sex, this normally sorts itself out after a few days, but some women can find certain partners make the problem worse and last longer. Try using condoms to see if that helps when you do have sex - try different condoms and lubricants to find one that works with your body - or make sure to wash well after sex.