If you’ve heard of the trendy
ketogenic diet, you’ve probably heard about some of the
nutrition strategy’s reported side effects. From the “keto
flu,” to bad breath, to diarrhea or constipation, there’s no
shortage of them. But the latest alleged side effect is in a league
of its own. Some women claim that going keto has led to a
phenomenon dubbed “keto crotch”—a strong, unpleasant vaginal
odor as a result of the dietary change.
It’s important to note that there’s no scientific evidence
backing the idea that a woman’s diet affects vaginal odor, but
it’s been discussed in keto-centric forums on sites
like Reddit for years now. And the fact that there’s no
evidence doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t be something
female keto dieters are experiencing.
“Nobody knows if this is a real effect of the keto diet,” Lauren
Streicher, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at
Northwestern University, told Health.
“Anecdotally, there have been a lot of reports over the years that
diet can influence vaginal odor, but it’s never been
Although there’s no research supporting the existence of keto
crotch, the diet can definitely affect the way your breath, poop,
and pee smell as you adjust to it. That’s because the entire diet
centers on achieving ketosis, which is when your body starts
burning fat instead of carbohydrates for energy.
When you’re in ketosis, your body produces more ketones
(chemicals like acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and acetone),
so you naturally expel more of them, according to
Women’s Health. It’s the acetone, which tends to come out
through the mouth, that causes keto dieters’ breath to take on a
nail polish remover-esque scent as their bodies adapt to the
Despite its side effects, the keto diet has been lauded for its
effectiveness for weight loss by plenty of nutritionists and
us—and there’s no denying that, when done right and
monitored by a doctor, it gets the job done. That said, it’s
important to check with your doctor if you do experience any weird
side effects. And for an issue like keto crotch, you may want to
check with a gynecologist to make sure everything’s healthy down
For more on the keto diet, check out our explainer and tips to
doing it right.
Source: FS – All – Fitness – News
Could "Keto Crotch" Be the Keto Diet's Weirdest Side Effect?