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Should i speak to a doctor about odd smelling vaginal discharge?

14 doctor answers29 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Yes: Foul smelling discharge needs to be evaluated. The most common cause is a nonsexually transmitted overgrowth of bacteria called bacterial vaginosis. Testing for other sexually transmitted disease may need to be done as well.
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine 50 years experience
Yes: Foul smelling vaginal discharge is frequently seen evidence of bacterial vaginosis (bv). It should be diagnosed and treated properly because it will make you more susceptible to other sexually transmitted diseases, and can effect your pregnancy if you are pregnant. Please check my web site; www.Holisticgyn.Com for further information on vaginal infections.
Dr. Patricia Rogers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: Let your doctor know so he can check the discharge and make sure it's just normal for pregnancy and not something that needs to be treated. I'm a big fan of asking questions and talking to your doctor. We do make a lot more discharge when we're pregnant, so don't worry, just go get it checked.
Dr. Kevin O'neil
Urogynecology 29 years experience
Yes: An increase in discharge is normal with pregnancy. However, any discharge which itches, burns or has an unusual odor should be mentioned to your doctor.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Whether or pregnant or not, don't be shy about telling your OB provider about a odd- or foul-smelling discharge or one that is blood-tinged or more than usual.
Dr. Jose Bolanos
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: Any abnormal odor should be evaluated. This is most often seen with a bacterial vaginal infection called gardnarella vaginalis. It can be treated and cured quickly. Other causes are lost tampons, necrosing cervical lesions as seen in cancers. See your doctor and be examined.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Yes: Yes. Normal physiologic vaginal discharge is odorless. Odor is a sign that there may be an infection or other problem and should be discussed with your doctor.
Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: This can often be a sign of infection. Talk to your doctor.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 37 years experience
Yes: While excess vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy, if it has a persistently bad odor or is associated with intense itching then it could be vaginitis and should be treated. So have it checked out by obstetrician.
Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes: Pregnancy is a time filled with changes. It is hard to say if new or different discharge is a problem or just an annoyance. Let your doctor know about it.
Dr. Byron Hapner
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Yes, you should speak to a doctor about an odd-smelling vaginal discharge. Better yet, scheduling an appointment would give you a more accurate diagnosis. Possible problems may include a bacterial vaginosis infection, trichomonas, or a retained tampon/foreign body.
Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syalanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes: A discharge causing an odor is usually due to a bacterial infection. Currently there is no over-the-counter treatment. See your doctor.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: Vaginal discharge odor can vary according to a woman's menstrual cycle, or pregnancy. When the discharge odor is unusual then seeking medical evaluation is warranted to rule out an infection.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: If you have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching burning with urination or sex or redness/swelling then it is best to see your gynecologist for evaluation ; accurate assessment.
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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