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What causes vaginal odor?
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
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In brief: Mucus
Most vaginal odors are normal, and caused by the mucus you produce.
However, if it is particularly different, or foul, you should be seen.

In brief: Mucus
Most vaginal odors are normal, and caused by the mucus you produce.
However, if it is particularly different, or foul, you should be seen.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Dr. Gregory Hines
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: Possible causes
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.

In brief: Possible causes
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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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