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A 21-year-old member asked:

What can cause yellow vaginal discharge with a fishy odor?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 12 years experience
Bacterial vaginosis: A fishy odor is most commonly caused by overgrowth of certain bacteria in the vagina. There are several possible causes and while it is not necessarily a sexually transmitted infection it could be. A diagnosis should be obtained by pelvic examination. There are characteristic findings on microscopic evaluation of the discharge. See your doctor for further evaluation.
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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 13 years experience
BV: Sometimes disturbances to the natural bacteria in your vagina (douching, irregular bleeding, unprotected sex, etc) can allow abnl bacteria like Gardnerella to overgrow and cause a fishy odor. It's not sexually transmitted, but can be treated w/ Metronidazole(Flagyl)/Clindamycin/Boric Acid. See your GYN for a prescription and be examined for other potential causes. Nothing urgent/dangerous though.
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What causes an orangish (dark yellow) vaginal discharge?

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Dr. Edward Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Different causes: You need to have the discharge checked by your health care provider. There are several ways to check the cause, including microscopic evaluation and culture. It should be checked by your health care provider.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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