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i just had my pap smear it came back normal however i smell a odor alot of the timealmost like a cardboard smell it is worse after sex

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cynthia Lubinsky
16 years experience Family Medicine
Possible infection: A pap only evaluates for abnormal cells or potentially pre-cancerous cells. It does not typically report any infection. It is possible that you coul ... Read More
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Dr. Craig Keathley
24 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Infection?: The pap is strictly a screening test for changes in the cells of the cervix that mey be cancer or pre-cancer. A normal pap merely indicates no evidenc ... Read More
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Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
31 years experience Infectious Disease
Treat for BV: The tests you describe are not the way to diagnose bv. If it smells like it, just treat it.
Dr. John Geisler
27 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
Vaginitis: There are many causes of vaginitis that are not necessarily infectious. One cause is known as desquamative vaginitis which is very similar to your des ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Kobasa
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
infection?: Might have an infection or normal discharge which can occasionally cause an odor. If concerned get checked.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Post sex cramping: If the sex was rough, it is not uncommon for there to be cramping as well as post- orgasm.. However, if it persists see a gyn md for evaluation for en ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cynthia Archer
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes, that's a normal: Sounding cervical mucous discharge. On the other hand if it's a change for you and you just want to be sure everything's fine, you could have a pelvic ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Sudilovsky
28 years experience Pathology
Maybe: Bacterial vaginosis (due to gardnerella sp), candida (yeast) and trichomoniasis are all infections that can cause discharge and are readily detected o ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Dr. John Kirk answered
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bacterial vaginosis: Very common around cycle to have a change in bacterial growth in the vagina with the "good" bacteria dying off to be replaced by "bad" bacteria which ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
43 years experience General Surgery
See GYN: you might have a yeast infection,and you get reinfected by your husband who could be the carrier,since yeast could be completely asymptomatic in man. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
This is probably...: A yeast infection. Typical symptoms are white 'cottage cheese' appearance to vaginal discharge. It is nothing to be scared about. Please see your p ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Levine
31 years experience Family Medicine
Pap smear unrelated: A pap smear screens for cancerous/pre-cancerous cells of the cervix. It does not screen for vaginal or cervical infections or uterine/cervical/vagina ... Read More

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