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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Had a light fishy smell a few day before period, now have a rotten smell at the end of period that has little to no brownish blood and light mucus.

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Had a light fishy smell a few day before period, now have a rotten smell at the end of period that has little to no brownish blood and light mucus.

Bacterial vaginosis?: The most common discharge with "fishy" or "rotten" odor is bacterial vaginosis. BV is overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria. It's not an STD, but more common in women with STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia. Trichomonas, an STD, can cause similar odor and discharge. Of course chance of STD depends on risk, partner history, etc. BV is easily treated. See a doctor soon for testing, treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Jodi Ritsch
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Very mild fishy smell 2 weeks before my period. I had to stick my finger in to smell. Not on underwear. Not on tissue. 1st day of period smelt rotten?

Dr. Jodi Ritsch
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Very mild fishy smell 2 weeks before my period. I had to stick my finger in to smell. Not on underwear. Not on tissue. 1st day of period smelt rotten?

Vaginal infection: A bacterial infection can give a fishy odor. See your doctor for testing and possible antibiotic cream for the vagina. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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This month my period has a fishy smell, i haven't had this smell before with my period.Is this normal? I'm kinda of worried.Can i be checked now?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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This month my period has a fishy smell, i haven't had this smell before with my period.Is this normal? I'm kinda of worried.Can i be checked now?

Yes, be checked: Fishy vaginal smell can be an infection, but menses may not smell good either if leaving tampons in long enough. Your doctor may want you to finish your period before you come in for exam. Please call and find out. ...Read more

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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A fishy smell a day before I get my period. Is that normal! I have never gotten that smell before tho, I was recently on an antibiotic for 2 weeks.

Dr. Leila Hashemi
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A fishy smell a day before I get my period. Is that normal! I have never gotten that smell before tho, I was recently on an antibiotic for 2 weeks.

BV: I believe you have developed Bacterial Vaginosis because you have been on Antibiotics for so long and therefore the normal Flora of your Vagina has been disturbed, you need to see a provider for treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Lori Semel
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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I just had a white solid clump came out of my vagina it didnt have an fishy smell what could that be I got it a day before my period?

Dr. Lori Semel
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I just had a white solid clump came out of my vagina it didnt have an fishy smell what could that be I got it a day before my period?

Vag d/c: A vaginal discharge that is white and clumpy is usually a yeast infection. If it persists and is bothersome, I would seek the attention of your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Almquist
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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A few days before i was to start my period i noticed a fishy smell and a yellowish brown discharge. Should i be worried?

Dr. Susan Almquist
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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A few days before i was to start my period i noticed a fishy smell and a yellowish brown discharge. Should i be worried?

Need an exam: The best thing is to schedule an appointment so you can have an exam. That will be the best way to identify the cause of your discharge. You may have a discharge along with spotting (beginning of your menses). Your doctor will be able to help diagnose and treat (if needed). ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Every month I have a bad discharge fishy smell right after my monthly period. What does that mean?

Dr. Janice Alexander
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Every month I have a bad discharge fishy smell right after my monthly period. What does that mean?

Bacterial vaginosis: The "fishy smell" is common for bacterial vaginosis. If this is annoying to you, see a provider and get this checked out and treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
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Dr. Brian Nguyen
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Black "blood" a week before period should start. Sometimes has red mixed in. no pain, no smell. is this normal? should i be worried? HELP

Dr. Brian Nguyen
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Black "blood" a week before period should start. Sometimes has red mixed in. no pain, no smell. is this normal? should i be worried? HELP

Early cycle: Most women have a 28 day menstrual cycle however it is not uncommon for some women to have a 21 day cycle so it's possible that you are having your period 1 week early and that your next might go back to normal. Nothing to worry about right now unless you are in severe pain or bleeding very very heavily. ...Read more

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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I get white fluid before period for a week which create smell and my panty get wet provide a home remedy ?

Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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I get white fluid before period for a week which create smell and my panty get wet  provide a home remedy ?

Discharge: There is a change in vaginal discharge during the cycle, before ovulation it is clear and stretchy to promote sperm movement, toward the beginning and end may be white ,as you noticed, if it has an odor would get checked out at urgent care/gyn as may be bacterial vaginosis /mycoplasma/ureoplasma or yeast ( though that is usually itchy) infection. If getting wet wear panty liners. ...Read more

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