By now, we will have all known someone to try and quite possibly, succeed with, what’s become known as the Keto diet.

The low-carb, high fat ketogenic diet has definitely grown in popularity.

Some people who have been following the diet strictly have noticed a very peculiar side-effect… which has affected mostly women.

It’s been nicknamed the ‘keto crotch’.

Sounds… delightful.


Note that there is no clinical research (YET!) to support these claims, however, Reddit has never let us down before.

Women have been writing about their weird experiences on the online forum site…

One woman said, “I don’t have any infection or weirdness cause I went to the doctor, I shower everyday, and I keep myself very clean … but the last 2 weeks I have had this strong smell. It’s not my wee because my wee is clear.”

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Sherry A Ross spoke with the Daily Mail about the odour.

“The saying ‘you are what you eat’ holds true to odours coming from the vagina,” she said, adding that altering the number of fats and carbs in a woman’s diet is not the only food change that could impact the vagina.”

“Pungent foods and spices seem to take a fast lane in our bodies through the bloodstream, lungs, sweat, and vaginal secretions creating especially intense smells under arms, on the scalp, in the genital area … just about everywhere,” Dr Ross told the publication.”


“Foods that may give off a notably offensive odour include: garlic, onions, mint, turmeric, curry, blue cheese and other fermented foods, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli and asparagus.”

Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Lisa De Fazio spoke with The Insider about the keto diet.

“Foods change the pH of the body. When this happens, the body will emit certain odours.”

“The keto diet (may) change your vaginal pH, which alters your vaginal odour — and it may not smell like roses,” she said.


So just an FYI, ladies who are on Keto…

If you notice a different kind of smell… it might not be your mind playing tricks on you…

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