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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more


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I had a hysterectomy 2years ago and now I am having a water yellow whitish discharge and not a bad odor but smells alil like blood.

I had a hysterectomy 2years ago and now I am having a water yellow whitish discharge and not a bad odor but smells alil like blood.

It might be blood?: If your cervical stump was left (supra cervical hysterectomy) then some endometrium may have had a chance to grow and bleed with the old blood looking "yellow" in color from decomposition. If not, then see your previous surgeon and find out why the vagina is "leaking" a possible "urine like" substance ...Read more

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I had partial hysterectomy in june and now I mind the heat and sweat and it smells bad and I was not a sweater and certainly never smelled like skunk?

I had partial hysterectomy in june and now I mind the heat and sweat and it smells bad and I was not a sweater and certainly never smelled like skunk?

Menopausal symptoms: Consult with your physician regarding options. Meanwhile, you may try estrovan for symptom relief for 4 weeks or so until you get seen. ...Read more

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How long does the nasty vaginal smell last after a hysterectomy?

How long does the nasty vaginal smell last after a hysterectomy?

Some weeks: The vaginal odor after a hysterectomy is a combination of small amounts of blood from healing incisions and somewhat of discharge from suture material. As the vaginal incisions heal, the bleeding stops and the suture finishes dissolving the odd odor goes away. This can take 3-5 weeks in my observation. ...Read more

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Had a partial hysterectomy November 2015 and I've started noticing an order and is stronger after sex and sometimes has a fishy smell?

Had a partial hysterectomy November 2015 and I've started noticing an order and is stronger after sex and sometimes has a fishy smell?

Fishy smell: The most common vaginal discharge is not a yeast infection. The most common vaginal discharge is bacterial vaginosis. BV has a fishy smell and is most noticeable after sexual intercourse.
You state that you had a partial hysterectomy. Was this a Supracervical Hysterectomy where they leave the cervix or do you mean they left the ovaries. You still need a yearly pap smear if you have a cervix. ...Read more

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Hysterectomy 8/29. Vagina smells like onions even after I shower. Tried not eating onions and it still smells that way.

Hysterectomy 8/29. Vagina smells like onions even after I shower. Tried not eating onions and it still smells that way.

Needs testing: If you're having an abnormal discharge, it needs to be examined and or tested. Especially since you recently had a surgery. It's possible you have a common infection like bacterial vaginosis, although classically its described as a fishy order. The recent surgery would make me want to make sure nothing more serious is going on inside. Good luck and be well. ...Read more

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Hello, actually I have undergone an hysterectomy almost 2 years ago, but now I am suffering from ab pain, fever and a vaginal fluid flow which smells?

Hello, actually I have undergone an hysterectomy almost 2 years ago, but now I am suffering from ab pain, fever and a vaginal fluid flow which smells?

See your doctor: Fever indicates infection somewhere. The abdominal pain and fever may or may not be related to the vaginal discharge but all need evaluation and the sooner the better, because there could be an intra-abdominal process that could make you very ill. ...Read more

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Had partial hysterectomy 6wks ago. I had light bleeding for about 3wks and it stopped. Well now I have more bleeding with a fowl smell. Is this normal?

Had partial hysterectomy 6wks ago. I had light bleeding for about 3wks and it stopped. Well now I have more bleeding with a fowl smell. Is this normal?

No: It is common after surgery to have bleeding from the healing process. But now this seems abnormal and I would be concerned about an infection. You do not want that to get worse if it is going on. Would recommend seeing your surgeon to be examined and evaluated ...Read more

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Sweat smell like vinegar...Esp. Btw breast I am 56 & had a hysterectomy 5 years ago

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Propionic acid: It is present in sweat and chemically similar to Acetic Acid (vinegar). ...Read more

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How do I get that kinda sour smell from my vagina? I has a hysterectomy 20yrs ago. Could it be the soap?

How do I get that kinda sour smell from my vagina? I has a hysterectomy 20yrs ago. Could it be the soap?

Malodor: It's more likely bacterial vaginiosis. Not dangerous or contagious, just due to gardneralla (bacteria in vagina) overgrowth. See you provide for testing as it can be solved with proper medication. ...Read more

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I had a laproscopic hysterectomy is having a smell is part of the healing process and after I heal is it ok to douche?

I had a laproscopic hysterectomy is having a smell is part of the healing process and after I heal is it ok to douche?

Minor infection: You can use a vinegar and water douche or Metrogel after your 4 week healing is over. Sometimes there is some odor and drainage in the first few weeks even if no infection. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a full hysterectomy several years ago. I have been married for nearly 30 years and during sex with my husband there was a horrible smell coming from my vagina. What could be the cause of this? Also, how long can it take for semen to fully lea

Hi, I had a full hysterectomy several years ago. I have been married for nearly 30 years and during sex with my husband there was a horrible smell coming from my vagina. What could be the cause of this? Also, how long can it take for semen to fully lea

Here are some. ..: A 30-yr experience indicates a non-detrimental event; that's great. As to how soon the smell may fade, it would be personally unique due to individual variation in smell sensitivity and specificity. So, your personal repetitive experience should be you most reliable answer to fit your personal situation. Academically, I could have remembered any known study was specifically designed to answer this ...Read more

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When I wake up I always have brown stains on the vagina part of panties have had hysterectomy and bath daily no itching and no weird smell. Wrong?

When I wake up I always have brown stains on the vagina part of panties have had hysterectomy and bath daily no itching and no weird smell. Wrong?

Need exam: It is not normal to continue seeing brown or bloody discharge after a hysterectomy. If the hysterectomy was done less than six weeks ago then it could be normal. However, if it was more than six weeks ago then there are certain things like polyps or new lesions of the vagina can cause that kind of spotting. You need to see your gynecologist for an examination. ...Read more

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2 years post laproscopic hysterectomy, I have what we call an old lady smell when I urinate and smell ejaculate for few days after intercourse. Why?

2 years post laproscopic hysterectomy, I have what we call an old lady smell when I urinate and smell ejaculate for few days after intercourse. Why?

Old lady vagina: Without estrogen hormonal support the vagina loses not only its elasticity & moisture, but also a different group of bacteria tend to reside there as well. Hopefully, you are on ERT if your ovaries were removed which can also be supplemented vaginally if needed by your GYN MD. Have him/her also check for a UTI (Urinary tract infection.). ...Read more

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I had a vaginal hysterctomy 10weeks ago and I've notice, a yellow discharge along with funkie smell.

Needs testing: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal odor. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. Testing is important to determine the treatment and keep you and your partner safe. ...Read more

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