There are some notorious smelly centers around the bod, from feet to armpits to morning breath. But butt odor is in its own league. There are many reasons for what doctors call Stank Ass or Smelly Bum Syndrome, and it’s not always due to a recent BM.
No part of the body is as likely to smell immediately after a proper scrub than the butt! If you want to know what’s behind your butt odor and how to leave the aroma behind, we’ve got you. Here are 7 likely culprits to why your butt smells.
7 Reasons For a Stinky Butt (And How To Fix It)
1. Wiping Wrong/Not Wiping Properly
Obviously, poop smells. And everything it touches? Well, that’s also going to be an odor match for poop. That includes the hair down there, which can collect poop particles. Meanwhile, the anus changes position while pooping, and poop can get trapped in the folds. And bad wiping form can exacerbate the whole deuce dilemma. If you're wondering why your butt might stink, it could be due to poor wiping, which leaves behind residue and contributes to lingering odors.
For these issues, you can rely on a warm water bidet to make a vast improvement on your swampy stank. Be forewarned, though: poop smell is pervasive. Think: even after a smoker snuffs out their cigarette, their fingers are gonna smell like smoke. Similarly, the odor from poop can actually permeate the skin and get trapped in your pores. Even a TUSHY can’t clean that deep!
How to Combat the Stank:
Ensure you're wiping correctly and consider upgrading to a warm water bidet to banish the swampy stank. Remember, proper wiping coupled with the soothing touch of warm water not only cleanses but also provides a refreshing experience, leaving your backside feeling as fresh as a daisy.
2. It’s Dark and Damp
The butt crack is warm, dark, and prone to dampness. There’s not a lot of airflow down there, plus we’ve got sweat glands, hair and moisture. All of this combines to create a mini-climate in your pants that is perfect for stank.
Freshen That Mini-Climate:
Ventilate! Let your derrière breathe by choosing breathable fabrics and occasionally letting it air out. A well-ventilated butt is a happy butt. Consider opting for cotton underwear, a fabric that allows your skin to breathe, and avoid tight-fitting clothing that can contribute to the stifling of your backside's airflow. Remember, a little breeze goes a long way in keeping your booty blissfully odor-free.
3. Gassy Ass and IBS
Your digestive system is your body’s way of taking out the trash. As you’d expect, it’s a little stinky. Farting is a release of the gases your body creates in the digestive process. Sometimes they’re odorless, sometimes they’re deadly. Stinky farts are a totally normal part of the digestive process.
Digestive issues like IBS and lactose intolerance can make potent farts a particularly common occurrence. Talk about down in the dumps!
How to Clear the Air:
Watch what you eat! Certain foods can turn your digestive orchestra into a stink symphony. Keep it light to avoid the dreaded bum serenade. Opt for a balanced diet rich in fiber, which not only aids digestion but can also help minimize the impact of gassy overtures. Additionally, staying hydrated can be your silent ally in maintaining a harmonious and odor-free digestive rhythm.
4. Anal Yeast Infection or STIs
If you’re doing anal, your backdoor is susceptible to infections. This includes anal yeast infections (a.k.a. itch-ass) and STIs like chlamydia or gonorrhea. In addition to being uncomfy, infections can also cause abnormal odors. Bummer!
How to Show Them the (back)Door
Prioritize safe practices and regular health check-ups to ensure your backdoor stays a no-entry zone for unwelcome bacteria and odors. Taking these proactive steps ensures that your backdoor remains a sanctuary of comfort and confidence.
5. Wearing Tight and Synthetic Fabrics
Your tighty-whities are trapping sweat and germs on your bum. Synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester are especially non-breathable. If sweat’s flowing with nowhere to go, you’re asking for a case of swamp ass.
Trapping sweat and germs against your skin is simply going to cause some stank as the day progresses. Unfortunately, it’s like your butt is giving gym bag vibes. Or sweaty kids after soccer in a Suburban chic. Can’t say we love the smell!
What to Wear Instead:
Opt for breathable fabrics, such as cotton, and keep your wardrobe loose. Your derrière will thank you for the constant flow of fresh air.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the anus, similar to varicose veins but in the butt. They can cause itching, pain, bleeding or a swollen rosebud. If the hemorrhoid becomes irritated, it may smell, and they’re sometimes associated with stankier dookies. One of the many joys of adulthood!
To prevent hemorrhoids, ensure an adequate intake of fiber, stay hydrated, and avoid straining during bowel movements, and consider incorporating a bidet into your hygiene routine for a soft and soothing touch.
Stress doesn't just mess with your mind; it can also influence the scent emanating from your derrière. When stress levels soar, the body undergoes various changes, including alterations in digestion and metabolism. These changes can contribute to an imbalance in the gut microbiome, potentially leading to odorous gas and bowel movements.
How to De-Stress and De-Funk Your Butt:
Whether it's meditation, deep breathing, or a good laugh, finding your Zen place not only benefits your mind but also contributes to a happier, less stinky butt.
A Bidet is a Butt Investment
We’ve talked stank ass and smelly bum syndrome. We’ve taken a whirlwind tour of the buttcrack, and explored all the reasons you may be crafting an aromatic brew around your b-hole. And we’ve learned how to get rid of unwanted butt odors. Top of our list is a bidet: a low-key one-stop-shop for overall butt health and cleanliness. If you want to stop butt odor before it starts, hook yourself up with a TUSHY bidet attachment.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why does my butt smell even after washing?
A clean butt requires more than just a rinse. Ensure you're using proper cleaning techniques and consider incorporating a bidet into your routine for a thorough cleanse.
2. Is it normal for your butt to smell all the time?
While some odor is normal, persistent smells may indicate an underlying issue. Check your hygiene routine, clothing choices, and consider lifestyle adjustments for a consistently fresh derrière.
3. Why does my bottom smell fishy?
A fishy aroma might be a sign of bacterial imbalance. Consult a healthcare professional to rule out any infections and maintain good hygiene practices to keep things smelling fresh.