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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.

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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Hi I have a weird smell before my period it's not fishy nor too bad. Do women usually change odors before period?

Hi I have a weird smell before my period it's not fishy nor too bad. Do women usually change odors before period?

Vaginal odor: Usual pre-menstrual odors are secondary to infection. Bacterial infections can produce unpleasant odors. Yeast infections are not dangerous, and are common just prior to one's period. If the odor is not unpleasant, it is probably a yeast overgrowth and is not serious. If this is irritating or produces itching, see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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My period smells fishy and I have tested done swab test but came back negative?

My period smells fishy and I have tested done swab test but came back negative?

Bacterial vaginosis: A fishy odor especially around the time of menses or after intercourse is a classic symptom of bacterial vaginosis. No test is 100% reliable for this. See your GYN or PCP to be checked and treated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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?

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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Slight tissue like discharge a week before period with iron smell- tan in color-what could this be a sign of? Thanks!

Slight tissue like discharge a week before period with iron smell- tan in color-what could this be a sign of? Thanks!

Premenstrual spottin: The iron odor is from the iron contained in the hemoglobulin molicule in blood. The tan color is from the small amount of blood. This is a common condition and should not raise concern. ...Read more

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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

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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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?

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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My period is going longer than it usually does and now the blood smells bad, like a fishy gross smell.

My period is going longer than it usually does and now the blood smells bad, like a fishy gross smell.

See your doctor: This could be because of an infection and you need to see your doctor. If the bleeding is very heavy, you are very fatigued, you feel lightheaded or faint, or you are short of breath, you need to be seen immediately. ...Read more

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My period blood smells a little fishy lately. Without my period I have no smell at all. What is the cause of the smell?

My period blood smells a little fishy lately. Without my period I have no smell at all. What is the cause of the smell?

Possible infection: A fishy odor may indicate an infection. Best to see a health care provider for examination. ...Read more

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My 12 year has had a very strong fishy smell in her urine for a long time it's worse on her period too doctors in our town can't solve some advise?

My 12 year has had a very strong fishy smell in her urine for a long time it's worse on her period too doctors in our town can't solve some advise?

Infection testing: The doctors should do a urinalysis and possibly a urine culture. They should also do a vaginal swab and bacterial vaginosis which is a common cause of vaginal odor around the time of menses. Other infections should be tested as well. If all of those are normal then the pediatrician can evaluate for some of the rare causes of malodorous urine which can signal metabolic disorders. ...Read more

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My vagina smells differently. After my period it smells nice but as I ovulate it smells fishy. Its been like this for a while.

My vagina smells differently. After my period it smells nice but as I ovulate it smells fishy. Its been like this for a while.

Get checked: A fishy odor is not normal any time. It suggests a bacterial overgrowth (BV). It could also be a sign of Trichomonas. You need to be evaluated by your GYN. ...Read more

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I've been having fishy/fart smell after my period. The odor is really strong I can smell it and so can others even after showering it comes back later?

I've been having fishy/fart smell after my period. The odor is really strong I can smell it and so can others even after showering it comes back later?

Fishy odor: Infections such as vaginal trichomonas, bacterial vaginosis can cause strong vaginal odor and discharge, check with your doctor for a vaginal exam to find out if you have any infection. ...Read more

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I have this fishy strong odor. Its at the end of my period and I could smell it once I went pee?

I have this fishy strong odor. Its at the end of my period and I could smell it once I went pee?

Fishy odor: You may be having an infection in the pelvic area or urinary tract area. You need to see your doctor to be checked and treated if necessary. ...Read more

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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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Fishy smell after period and now pinky discharge? Thought it was bv so took tablets but it hasn't gone. Bv seems to be reoccurring with me

Fishy smell after period and now pinky discharge? Thought it was bv so took tablets but it hasn't gone. Bv seems to be reoccurring with me

BV? STD? Other?: Unfortunately recurrent BV is common. However, BV may not be the only problem here. BV discharge usually isn't colored, and the usual treatments (metronidazole, or maybe clindamycin) should have at least improved symptoms. BV is sometimes a sign of another STD, like gonorrhea or chlamydia, which don't respond to these antibiotics. Return to your doctor for further evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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I just had a white solid clump came out of my vagina it didn't have an fishy smell what could that be I got it a day before my period?

I just had a white solid clump came out of my vagina it didn't 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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I'm on birth control and since I stopped getting a period my vagina smells different? (not bad like fishy or anything). What do I do?

I'm on birth control and since I stopped getting a period my vagina smells different? (not bad like fishy or anything). What do I do?

Odor and Infection: A change in odor of the vagina could be related to many things. However, if you are concerned as it seems you are get it checked by you doctor. Sometimes douches can cause a change in vaginal odor. Sometimes a change in smell is related to an infection that is not associated with a fishy smell. ...Read more

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Vagina, itches, white creamy Mike discharge Vagina smells like glue, fish, salty and also pink spotting before period?

GYN exam: You must be examined and have the vaginal discharge cultured:you have an infection which requires a pelvic exam. lab studies, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment: cannot be diagnosed online. Close your computer and call for a GYN exam-now. ...Read more

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Mom's hving fishy smell discharge after period. & pain during sex, like somthing is being bumped inside. What's possible diagnosis aside frm BV and Y?

Mom's hving fishy smell discharge after period. & pain during sex, like somthing is being bumped inside. What's possible diagnosis aside frm BV and Y?

Smelly discharge: Your mom may be having an infection or other problem. Have her see her doctor for an examination and diagnosis, so she can get treatment. ...Read more

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24yo 4mos on orthocyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate). Having PMS symps 3 weeks before period due (2/10) & metallic vaginal smell. Also on ceftin- possible side effect? Hpt was neg.

24yo 4mos on orthocyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate). Having PMS symps 3 weeks before period due (2/10) & metallic vaginal smell. Also on ceftin- possible side effect? Hpt was neg.

Partial answer: This isn't area of expertise--but I do know that Ceftin (cefuroxime) does produces metallic smell in secretions, often leaves that kind of taste in the mouth, too. Sorry I can't help beyond that! ...Read more

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What causes a fishy smell after having periods?

What causes a fishy smell after having periods?

BV: Fishy odor of the vagina is caused by bacterial vaginosis which can be treated with metronidazole topically or orally. It is a bacterial overgrowth. ...Read more

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Does a period always have a smell to it?

No: Often no smell if flow is scant &/or tampons or pads are changed frequently. ...Read more