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Should I speak to a doctor about odd smelling vaginal discharge?

29 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jose Bolanos
Obstetrics & Gynecology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Any abnormal odor should be evaluated.
This is most often seen with a bacterial vaginal infection called gardnarella vaginalis. It can be treated and cured quickly. Other causes are lost tampons, necrosing cervical lesions as seen in cancers. See your doctor and be examined.

In brief: Yes

Any abnormal odor should be evaluated.
This is most often seen with a bacterial vaginal infection called gardnarella vaginalis. It can be treated and cured quickly. Other causes are lost tampons, necrosing cervical lesions as seen in cancers. See your doctor and be examined.
Dr. Jose Bolanos
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Whether or pregnant or not, don't be shy about telling your OB provider about a odd- or foul-smelling discharge or one that is blood-tinged or more than usual.

In brief: Yes

Whether or pregnant or not, don't be shy about telling your OB provider about a odd- or foul-smelling discharge or one that is blood-tinged or more than usual.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Vaginal discharge odor can vary according to a woman's menstrual cycle, or pregnancy.
When the discharge odor is unusual then seeking medical evaluation is warranted to rule out an infection.

In brief: Yes

Vaginal discharge odor can vary according to a woman's menstrual cycle, or pregnancy.
When the discharge odor is unusual then seeking medical evaluation is warranted to rule out an infection.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If you have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching burning with urination or sex or redness/swelling then it is best to see your gynecologist for evaluation ; accurate assessment.

In brief: Yes

If you have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching burning with urination or sex or redness/swelling then it is best to see your gynecologist for evaluation ; accurate assessment.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

An increase in discharge is normal with pregnancy.
However, any discharge which itches, burns or has an unusual odor should be mentioned to your doctor.

In brief: Yes

An increase in discharge is normal with pregnancy.
However, any discharge which itches, burns or has an unusual odor should be mentioned to your doctor.
Dr. Kevin O'neil
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Dr. Patricia Rogers
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Let your doctor know so he can check the discharge and make sure it's just normal for pregnancy and not something that needs to be treated.
I'm a big fan of asking questions and talking to your doctor. We do make a lot more discharge when we're pregnant, so don't worry, just go get it checked.

In brief: Yes

Let your doctor know so he can check the discharge and make sure it's just normal for pregnancy and not something that needs to be treated.
I'm a big fan of asking questions and talking to your doctor. We do make a lot more discharge when we're pregnant, so don't worry, just go get it checked.
Dr. Patricia Rogers
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Foul smelling discharge needs to be evaluated.
The most common cause is a nonsexually transmitted overgrowth of bacteria called bacterial vaginosis. Testing for other sexually transmitted disease may need to be done as well.

In brief: Yes

Foul smelling discharge needs to be evaluated.
The most common cause is a nonsexually transmitted overgrowth of bacteria called bacterial vaginosis. Testing for other sexually transmitted disease may need to be done as well.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Raj Syal
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

A discharge causing an odor is usually due to a bacterial infection.
Currently there is no over the counter treatment. See your doctor.

In brief: Yes

A discharge causing an odor is usually due to a bacterial infection.
Currently there is no over the counter treatment. See your doctor.
Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal
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Dr. Byron Hapner
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes, you should speak to a doctor about an odd-smelling vaginal discharge.
Better yet, scheduling an appointment would give you a more accurate diagnosis. Possible problems may include a bacterial vaginosis infection, trichomonas, or a retained tampon/foreign body.

In brief: Yes

Yes, you should speak to a doctor about an odd-smelling vaginal discharge.
Better yet, scheduling an appointment would give you a more accurate diagnosis. Possible problems may include a bacterial vaginosis infection, trichomonas, or a retained tampon/foreign body.
Dr. Byron Hapner
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

While excess vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy, if it has a persistently bad odor or is associated with intense itching then it could be vaginitis and should be treated.
So have it checked out by obstetrician.

In brief: Yes

While excess vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy, if it has a persistently bad odor or is associated with intense itching then it could be vaginitis and should be treated.
So have it checked out by obstetrician.
Dr. Scott Kramer
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Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Foul smelling vaginal discharge is frequently seen evidence of bacterial vaginosis (bv).
It should be diagnosed and treated properly because it will make you more susceptible to other sexually transmitted diseases, and can effect your pregnancy if you are pregnant. Please check my web site; www.Holisticgyn.Com for further information on vaginal infections.

In brief: Yes

Foul smelling vaginal discharge is frequently seen evidence of bacterial vaginosis (bv).
It should be diagnosed and treated properly because it will make you more susceptible to other sexually transmitted diseases, and can effect your pregnancy if you are pregnant. Please check my web site; www.Holisticgyn.Com for further information on vaginal infections.
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Dr. Andrew Silverman
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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Pregnancy is a time filled with changes.
It is hard to say if new or different discharge is a problem or just an annoyance. Let your doctor know about it.

In brief: Yes

Pregnancy is a time filled with changes.
It is hard to say if new or different discharge is a problem or just an annoyance. Let your doctor know about it.
Dr. Megan Bird
Dr. Megan Bird
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Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

This can often be a sign of infection. Talk to your doctor.

In brief: Yes

This can often be a sign of infection. Talk to your doctor.
Dr. Jaime Lopez
Dr. Jaime Lopez
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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Yes.
Normal physiologic vaginal discharge is odorless. Odor is a sign that there may be an infection or other problem and should be discussed with your doctor.

In brief: Yes

Yes.
Normal physiologic vaginal discharge is odorless. Odor is a sign that there may be an infection or other problem and should be discussed with your doctor.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
Dr. Alysia Townsend
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