What causes vaginal odor?

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.
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.

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What causes vaginal odor? Had my annual done test came back fine with no infections or STD idk what made the smell its not bad so what can clear it?

Bacterial vaginosis. The most common vaginal infection is bacterial vaginosis which occurs when the normal good bacteria in the vagina, peroxidase positive lactobaccillus, are killed off (many things can do this including douching). The most common symptom is a vaginal odor which worsens with intercourse. It would not be tested for when in your annual exam and is not considered an STD. Read more...
Tests negative. Every woman has a distinctive vaginal odoe: unless this is foul or accompanied by dischage, this is normal. Sometimes a once weekly water/bicarbonate disposable douche is helpful. Make sure you have been screen for all STDs and common female infections. Read more...

What causes the vaginal odor?

Usually an infection. The most common cause of vaginal odor, other than during one's menstrual period, is an infection. See your doctor who can likely identify the cause and treat you properly. 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...

What can cause vaginal odor?

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...

What causes a vaginal odor even if your very hygienic and health conscious?

Many answers. Not wearing cotton underwear and thus increased sweating, douching which removes normal vaginal flora, retained tampons (yes this happens), and over zealous washing of the labial/vaginal area. Read more...

What is the cause of vaginal odor? Is it normal? I'm not sexually active but I noticed the unpleasant smell lately. Help please

BV? . Could be bacterial vaginosis. See http://www.Cdc.Gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.Htm. Aggressive cleansing or use of foreign bodies can lead to bv. Please visit your gynecologist for a proper assessment. Read more...

What causes vaginal itch without odor, discharge, or rash?

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...