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What Causes Vaginal Odor
Several Possible: A vaginal discharge may be caused my several factors. Since no other information is provided, the possible causes could be physiologic or infectious. Infection from Yeast, Trichomonas or Bacterial Vaginosis may cause a vaginal discharge. Cervical inflammation or infection may cause a discharge. On the other hand a discharge may be caused by ovulation, normal vaginal secretions, or recent sex. ...Read more
Yeast?: There are many things that can cause vaginal itching. The most common cause is a yeast infection. Other causes are a trichomonas infection and a host of skin conditions such as eczema, vulvar dystrophies, etc. Your Ob/Gyn is trained to distinguish between these problems and give you the correct diagnosis. Best wishes! ...Read more
Possibilities: Bacterial vaginosis can cause a “fishy” smell. Other possibilities include std’s like gonorrhea, trichomoniasis & chlamydia or pelvic inflammatory disease. If there is a retained tampon or a lack of proper vaginal hygiene those are potential causes. Yeast is usually odorless but is still a possibility. If a woman has a fistula or cancer that can also lead to odor. See your doctor if uncertain. ...Read more
Bacterial Vaginosis: Most common cause of a fishy vaginal discharge is bacterial vaginosis. It is not an std; it is similar to a yeast infection. It is the most common abnormal vaginal discharge. Other cause can be an std called trichomonas. Douching, recent increase in sexual frequency, or recent antibiotics/antifungal medication can increase one's changes, but it often occurs for "no reason". You need a rx to treat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Here are some...: Foul-odored vaginal discharge suggests BV or STD-related vaginitis, usually being bacterial, chlamydia, trichomonas, etc. But, clinically it doesn't matter because you need to be treated and followed anyway. More? Ask the treating doctor timely so to get right Dx for right Rx, care, and counseling for the present and the future. ...Read more
Bacterial vaginosis : The most common symptom of BV is an abnormal off-white vaginal discharge (especially after vaginal intercourse) that may be accompanied by an unpleasant (usually fishy) smell. This malodorous discharge coats the walls of the vagina, and is usually without significant irritation, pain, or erythema (redness), although mild itching can sometimes occur. Treatment is with antibiotics. ...Read more
Blood: There could be several possibilities but the most likely is blood. You may have stared spotting but the flow is very light. Consequently the blood can become oxidized in the process and turn from red to brown. The blood could be associated with abnormal uterine bleeding or infection and may need to be evaluated if it persists. ...Read more
Bacterial vaginosis: A fishy odor is most commonly caused by overgrowth of certain bacteria in the vagina. There are several possible causes and while it is not necessarily a sexually transmitted infection it could be. A diagnosis should be obtained by pelvic examination. There are characteristic findings on microscopic evaluation of the discharge. See your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yeast infection?: Yeast infection is the most likely explanation. Contrary to popular opinion, yeast infections usually cause little discharge and do not cause abnormal odor. See a doctor. Or you could try an over the counter yeast medication, active ingredient ending with "azole" (miconazole, clotrimazole, etc). But for sure get professional care if it doesn't help within a week. ...Read more
Many possible causes: Of smelly urine: concentrated due to dehydration & low fluid intake causes a strong smell.Urinary infections may be most common cause of foul smelling urine and often alert subjects to presence of uti.Some antibiotics such as Amoxicillin &cipro cause smelly urine as does consuming large volumes of coffee, ie >6cups/day.Classically asparagus has distinctive smell.Others r liver disease & diabetes. ...Read more
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