A 25-year-old female asked:
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does uti cause vaginal fishy odor?

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Dr. Daniel Bates
7 years experience Family Medicine
Usually not: Watery fishy smelling discharge is classic for bacterial vaginosis. With a bad case of BV you can have some irritation and UTI like symptoms of pain/burning with urination. See a local Family Medicine doctor or OB/GYN and have them examine you and test for BV. This is usually easily treated with a course of antibiotics.
Answered on Aug 2, 2016
Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No, BV does!: 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.
Answered on May 26, 2015

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