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Dr. Bryan Kurtz
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
29 years in practice
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Hii my friend joelle had a really bad smell from her vagina. What can cause that smell? And how can we stop it? (Make it smell any better) excuse my E

Dr. Bryan Kurtz
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
29 years in practice
4M people helped
Hii my friend joelle had a really bad smell from her vagina. What can cause that smell? And how can we stop it? (Make it smell any better) excuse my E

Vaginal infection. : She should go in and get checked for an infection. If the smell is really bad, it is possible she has a lost tampon. She should see her GYN to get checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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37 years in practice
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Dr. Joel Gallant
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
31 years in practice
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How to make your vagina not smell bad?

Dr. Joel Gallant
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
31 years in practice
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How to make your vagina not smell bad?

Vaginitis: If your vagina has a bad smell, you may have a vaginal infection. You should get checked out and have it treated, rather than trying to hide the smell with peroxide. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
48 years in practice
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If someone smokes in house and your panties smell like cig smoke can it make your vagina have a bad odor?

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
48 years in practice
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If someone smokes in house and your panties smell like cig smoke can it make your vagina have a bad odor?

Bacterial vaginosis?: This has nothing to do with smoking by anyone. The most common cause of bad vaginal odor is bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria. Trichomonas, an STD, also can do it, and women with BV are at increased risk for other STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia. See your doctor ASAP for exam and testing. Your sex partner(s) also should be checked. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
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Does having chlaymidia make your vagina smell really bad?

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
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Possible: You should see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Can eating ginger make your vagina smell? It was a ginger seasoning & I used a lot. Now my discharge smells really bad & I've never had smelly dischar

Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Can eating ginger make your vagina smell? It was a ginger seasoning & I used a lot. Now my discharge smells really bad & I've never had smelly dischar

It's coincidental.: Eating ginger will not affect vaginal odor. But an infection can. While there are vaginal test kits available OTC that can screen you for vaginitis, they just give you a general idea of whether you have a yeast infection or bacterial infection. Since this is the first time you've had smelly discharge, your best bet is to see a doctor. Stay healthy! ...Read more

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Dr. George Klauber
Board Certified, Pediatric Urology
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Could semen make vagina smell bad?

Dr. George Klauber
Board Certified, Pediatric Urology
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Could semen make vagina smell bad?

Yes it can: Will smell worse ; worse the longer it remains. But usually will not make it smell badly. ...Read more

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Dr. Roy Arnold
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
42 years in practice
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How can I make my vagina smell fresh and clean? Haven't had sex in 3 yrs and think I smell bad

Dr. Roy Arnold
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
42 years in practice
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How can I make my vagina smell fresh and clean? Haven't had sex in 3 yrs and think I smell bad

Possible infection: Bacterial infection of the vagina can cause an odor. Visit your primary care or OB/Gyn for a checkup. They can diagnose and treat you if needed. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Board Certified, Family Medicine
19 years in practice
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Does pubic hair make the vagina smell? And if it is a bad odor does it make the odor smell even worse? I tend to sweat a lot down there

Dr. Gregory Hines
Board Certified, Family Medicine
19 years in practice
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Does pubic hair make the vagina smell? And if it is a bad odor does it make the odor smell even worse? I tend to sweat a lot  down there

Sometimes: You can try shaving it off and seeing if it does not improve. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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Dr. Curtis Wong
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
28 years in practice
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I have a clear and some times cloudy dranige from my vagina and I have a bad smell what could it be.

Dr. Curtis Wong
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
28 years in practice
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I have a clear and some times cloudy dranige from my vagina and I have a bad smell what could it be.

Smelly discharges: Usually suggest some kind of std. Best to see your primary physician for an exam and definitive treatment. ...Read more

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