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A 22-year-old female asked:

my vagina smells horrible and has a thick white discharge. i can't see my gyn for a month, is there anything i can do @ home?i use summers eve everyday

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Stop douching: You need to be tested for infection. If you can't see your obgyn schedule a visit with a primary care doctor. Severe vaginal odor is not normal. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause. Stop douching. This kills off the normal vaginal bacterial that cleans and stabilizes the vagina. You are likely making things worse.
Dr. Audrey Lance
Gynecology 14 years experience
I agree that it is not good to douche. It causes infection and can actually cause very severe infections sometimes. It is not ok to wait so long to see your gynecologist. I would see if you can be seen at an urgent care clinic or another doctor, or at Planned parenthood. This could be an infection and you need to be seen.
May 12, 2018
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Douching: Agree with Dr. Livingston. I know that there are commercials on TV that state that douching restores vaginal pH balance -= BUT..... Healthy bacteria that live in the vagina help to maintain the natural acidic environment. Douching can eliminate those bacteria and as the pH changes it can increase risk for developing infections from unhealthy bacteria. See PCM. Recommend that you stop douching.

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