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Foul Smelling Discharge (Definition)

Foul smelling vaginal discharge is a symptom in which the material coming from a woman's vagina has somewhat of a bad odor. This type of discharge can be due to a Trichomoniasis infection, although sometimes a woman will have more than one type of problem/infection in her vagina. A foreign object such as a forgotten tampon in the vagina can also ...Read more


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What causes me to have a foul smelling discharge before my period?

What causes me to have a foul smelling discharge before my period?

PH changes: Foul smelling discharge is most commonly associated with changes in the ph or acidity/alkalinity of your vagina. Food and alcohol can affect ph, bacterial infections can affect ph. Ejaculate too. There are a variety of environmental causes of foul smelling discharge. Having said that, the changes in your hormones before a period (decline in estrogen) may be causing this as well. ...Read more

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I have brown, clumpy, foul- smelling discharge after PMS symptoms and period-like bleeding in the morning. What could it be?

I have brown, clumpy, foul- smelling discharge after PMS symptoms and period-like bleeding in the morning. What could it be?

Need pregnancy test: You should get a pregnancy test done. See a dr. To be sure and let him or her know your symptoms so they can check you for other causes. ...Read more

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I had my normal menstrual period that lasted around 5-6 days. I had intercourse straight away and now have a brown foul smelling discharge. What is it?

I had my normal menstrual period that lasted around 5-6 days. I had intercourse straight away and now have a brown foul smelling discharge. What is it?

Get tested: There are several causes of bad smelling vaginal discharge and testing is needed to determine the cause and treatment. The most likely is bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. It causes a watery discharge with a fishy odor. It is not sexually transmitted and your partner does not require treatment. It is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What would cause thick white and foul smelling discharge?

What would cause thick white and foul smelling discharge?

Get tested: There are several causes of bad smelling vaginal discharge and testing is needed to determine the cause and treatment. The most likely is bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. It causes a watery discharge with a fishy odor. It is not sexually transmitted and your partner does not require treatment. It is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can an abscess cause a foul smelling discharge?

Can an abscess cause a foul smelling discharge?

Absolutely: Yes, it can. It depends on the bacteria in the abscess but many anaerobic bacteria (like from the gut) have a foul odor. ...Read more

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I need medical help I don't have insurance right now it's pending. I'm 7 weeks preg. Foul smelling discharge an pinkish spotting. Er sends me home.

I need medical help I don't have insurance right now it's pending. I'm 7 weeks preg. Foul smelling discharge an pinkish spotting. Er sends me home.

Early prenatal care: Is important.

Do you have access to a county health clinic, or a free clinic in your area. "rural health clinics" have to take all patients regardless of ability to pay on a "sliding scale". You are right to seek care. ...Read more

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I am getting a foul smelling discharge from vagina. Whatcould it be?

I am getting a foul smelling discharge from vagina. Whatcould it be?

Vaginosis: Probably the smell is due to an infection either bacterial or fungal. You need a pelvic exam with samples taken to determine the type of infection an the therapy needed. ...Read more

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I'm a virgin and I have a foul smelling discharge what is it is it serious can I get help?

I'm a virgin and I have a foul smelling discharge what is it is it serious can I get help?

Bacterial vaginosis: Most likely bacterial vaginosis. This has many causes and requires treatment. Please see your doctor for proper exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Will an ovarian cyst cause a foul smelling discharge?

Will an ovarian cyst cause a foul smelling discharge?

No: The ovaries are not connected to the uterus or vagina. An ovarian cyst is a separate issue from malodorous vaginal discharge. This is a sign of infection, such as bv, and should be evaluated and treated. This is especially important if you are having pelvic pain that you are assuming is an ovarian cyst, but might actually be a sign of a pelvic infection! ...Read more

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I'm having a yellowish/ green foul smelling discharge, I got treated for yeast, it didn't go away so now they are treating it again. Is yellow normal?

I'm having a yellowish/ green foul smelling discharge, I got treated for yeast, it didn't go away so now they are treating it again. Is yellow normal?

Maybe not yeast?: Yellowish green foul smelling discharge does not sound typical for a yeast infection. Did you get tested for other infections such as trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, chlamydia? These are treated much differently. Speak with your doctor and go through other possible causes for your discharge. Best of luck. ...Read more

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When I go to bathroom to urinate and wipe it's always brownish stuff on papertowel and I have foul smelling discharge. What could it be and what can I do?

Brown Discharge: The brown discharge is probably blood. Many problems can cause unexpected bleeding: cervix bleeding, polyps in cervix or uterus, fibroids, even cancer. The foul smell could indicate infection. Infection can also cause bleeding. I suggest that you get a gynecological exam to look for any serious problems. We have effective treatments but you need a diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Fordyce spots spreading/swelling? Is a foul smelling discharge normal when swollen ones sometimes squeezed?

Fordyce spots: Odors are usual sign of bacteria, as is discharge and may be infection. Would follow up with urgent care/ doc today as may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Constant Pelvic pain, shooting pains up cervix and a foul smelling discharge. Not sexually active. What could it be?

Constant Pelvic pain, shooting pains up cervix and a foul smelling discharge. Not sexually active. What could it be?

Infection likely: Based on your symptoms it sounds like you have an infection. You can get one and not be sexually active. In addition a retained tampon can cause the same symptoms. Its time to get evaluated. ...Read more

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Had C-section 6wks ago. Past 1wk I have foul smelling discharge. Doc has ruled out infection. Is this normal after surgery?

S/p c section: The discharge following childbirth in general and after C-section can be pretty foul. If he ruled out a possible infection, then don't worry. Practice good hygeine and wait for your body to normalize. :) ...Read more

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6 weeks pregnant...Set for abortion in a day...Foul smelling discharge...What do u do first. Check in weird smell or do abortion then check?

Abortion and vaginal: I suggest you inform the doctor who is going to perform the procedure. He will evaluate you and decide if you need antibiotic treatment prior to the procedure. If you have infection of the cervix or vagina you will benefit from treatment prior to the abortion. Either ways I will still suggest you discuss with your doctor first before getting the priceduec. ...Read more

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I have redness, and itchiness/soreness near my vagina. I also have had a foul smelling discharge occasionally recently, esp. After sex. What is this?

I have redness, and itchiness/soreness near my vagina. I also have had a foul smelling discharge occasionally recently, esp. After sex. What is this?

Needs evaluation: Lumps, bumps, blisters and lesions on the vagina need to be evaluated in person. What you are describing could be simply a yeast infection. Herpes and other STDs are a possiblity. Vaginal odor can be bacterial vaginosis or an std. Please schedule a visit for testing. ...Read more

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I'm 36 and been bleeding heavy while having sex for a few months and now I have a foul smelling discharge. I think its bv but do I have cervical canci?

I'm 36 and been bleeding heavy while having sex for a few months and now I have a foul smelling discharge. I think its bv but do I have cervical canci?

Don't guess: You need a medical evaluation sooner - not later. It is not normal to consistently bleed after sex. Your doctor can answer these questions BUT - only after an evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause a foul smelling discharge from the belly button? Some constipation, weak urine flow

What can cause a foul smelling discharge from the belly button? Some constipation, weak urine flow

Unless: Unless you have bulging in that immediate area, it is likely an infection of the belly button. If the belly button is hard and is jutting out, you need medical attention. Regarding the constipation, recommend that you drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water per day, eat 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day. Avoid junk food and take in a good amount of fiber. Try to be physically active every day. ...Read more

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I have severe BV with very foul smelling discharge. I am 6 weeks 4 days pregnant, is my baby at risk? Lost last bb from cervical cerclage infection

I have severe BV with very foul smelling discharge. I am 6 weeks 4 days pregnant, is my baby at risk? Lost last bb from cervical cerclage infection

Increase risk: Bacterial vaginosis can increase the risk of preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, and postpartum uterine infections. Although men may clear the infection without treatment, I would recommend that your partner and you should be treated. You schould avoid sexual intecourse for two week, then use condoms. Have your doctor check you for recurrences.
Check with you ob/ gyn for appropriate tx. ...Read more

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Had a d&c 4 weeks ago and mirena (levonorgestrel) coil fitted only have left tube and getting cramping every day on left side also foul smelling discharge browny red?

Had a d&c 4 weeks ago and mirena (levonorgestrel) coil fitted only have left tube and getting cramping every day on left side also foul smelling discharge browny red?

You can be infected!: Your question may have to be rephrased, because Mirena (levonorgestrel) is an intrauterine contraceptive device and should not have anything to do with your left tube. But you probably need a transvaginal sonogram to localize the Mirena (levonorgestrel) better and also checked out for pelvic infection! ...Read more

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I have been having foul smelling discharge coming from my vaginal area and bad stomach pain and some spotting what could it be?

I have been having foul smelling discharge coming from my vaginal area and bad stomach pain and some spotting what could it be?

Likely an infection: You should see your gyn / primary dr / urgent care or std clinic dr for examination and testing, as may be an infection. ...Read more

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How is vaginitis diagnosed? If I go to the doctor with symptoms such as: vaginal itching and foul smelling discharge- will I need a pap smear? I

How is vaginitis diagnosed? If I go to the doctor with symptoms such as: vaginal itching and foul smelling discharge- will I need a pap smear? I

Vaginitis diagnosis: Vaginitis is diagnosed by your physician using symptoms, examination and certain tests and cultures. You may or may not need a pap smear. ...Read more

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I've been having foul smelling discharge for years, I've been seen multiple times and and I've been tested for std, sti, bv and yeast infection, ?

I've been having foul smelling discharge for years, I've been seen multiple times and and I've been tested for std, sti, bv and yeast infection, ?

Tested not treated?: You were tested for a number of things, but were you ever treated for bacterial vaginitis? It would be worth an empiric trail of treatment if no retained vaginal object such as a tampon is found. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes with anal bumps cause rectum to have foul smelling discharge that first smelled like feces then like fish, never went away fully?

Can genital herpes with anal bumps cause rectum to have foul smelling discharge that first smelled like feces then like fish, never went away fully?

Maybe but: Something is clearly wrong if these are the symptoms you're having. Instead of trying to decide if this might be herpes I highly suggest seeing a doctor right away for evaluation testing and treatment. You need to find out what is causing anal discharge. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more