Women complain about getting 'keto crotch' after going on the famed low-carb diet
The popular diet, which has the likes of Gwenyth Paltrow and Jenna Jameson swearing by it, helps in losing weight by following a low-carb eating regime
The keto diet is the new fad among people looking for a way to drop pounds off their body. But lately, a lot of women have been slamming the weight-loss solution for bringing along changes in their feminine region, which has since been nicknamed the 'keto crotch'.
The popular diet, which has the likes of Gwenyth Paltrow and Jenna Jameson swearing by it, helps in losing weight by following a low-carb eating regime. But Women's Health claims that there has been an increase in women saying their vaginas have emitted a strong odor after altering their diet.
However, the publication also made it clear that the term 'keto crotch' has not been scientifically proven, since not all women have experienced an odor after altering their diet. But experts seem to think otherwise. OB/GYN Dr. Sherry A. Ross, women's health expert and author of She-ology,' explained to Daily Mail why food can alter the odors emitted from the vagina.
"The saying 'you are what you eat' holds true to odors coming from the vagina," she said. Dr. Ross further revealed that altering the number of fats and carbs in a woman's diet is not the only food change that could impact the vagina.
Previously, various people have complained about keto breath while on the popular diet, which causes the smell of acetone (the main ingredient in nail polish remover) on the breath. But the weight-loss method can also alter vaginal pH levels, which can eventually result in a change of odor.
"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," she said. She added, "Foods that may give off a notably offensive odor include: garlic, onions, mint, turmeric, curry, blue cheese and other fermented foods, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and asparagus."
The discussion on 'keto crotch' was first identified when multiple female Reddit users stated their concerns about how their body was changing because of the low-carb diet. "I want to know if this is something I should be concerned about," one woman wrote in the forum while detailing her symptoms.
However, Dr. Ross recommends seeing an expert whenever the problems persist. "If a food gives you foul-smelling urine, farts, or breath, chances are it will affect the taste and smell of your vagina," she said. "After a thorough examination of possible dietary changes, I would suggest seeing your healthcare provider to eliminate the possibility of vaginal infection."