Should girls use scented or unscented pads and tampons? Unscented is best because the chemicals used in scented products can cause irritation. Also, there's no need to mask the natural odors that happen. In most cases, any odor is mild and not offensive. If you do notice a smell that seems wrong or bad to you, you might want to talk to your doctor about it. Some odors are signs of infections. See more Personal Questions Back to Articles Related Articles Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.