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Why Does My Vagina Smell
Usually bacteria: There are normally a number of different bacteria and yeast present in the vagina. Over 70% of women have gardnerella vaginalis in the vagina. The different bacteria keep each other in check and the vagina typically has a benign odor. When one bacteria overgrows (especially g. Vaginalis) a foul odor can occur. Other reasons for an odor are infections (pid), yeast, and foreign body (lost tampon). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial vaginosis?: The most cause of strong vaginal odor is bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria. BV odor typically is fishy, as you have noticed, and sometimes there is increased discharge. Trichomonas and other STDs are more common in BV, so have an STD check. This should be easy to diagnose and treat; see your doctor soon. Good luck! ...Read more
Why does my vagina smell even after a shower, is there anything i can do to help this? It's embarrassing
Secretions: Depending on any chemicals used during sex (lubricants, etc) the smell is most likely just a "stirring" of the smells inside the vagina along with any ejaculate that may be present. Semen has a "smell" unto itself. If using a condom, they have their odor. If you are having a foul or offensive odor, perhaps you have a bacterial vaginosis. A fishy odor is usually bv. Get checked and get treated. ...Read more
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