Foul Smelling Vagina

A foul-smelling vagina can occur due to several reasons that include bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, poor genital hygiene, and vaginitis. Some abnormal causes include rectovaginal fistula, vaginal cancer, and cervical cancer. It is managed by proper genital hygiene, internal menstruation products, and vaginal care after intercourse.

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Which medications can treat vaginal candidiasis in a 38-year-old female?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 38-year-old female friend who smokes methamphetamine every day for the past seven years. A couple of years ago she felt an odor from vagina. She went to the doctor and had pap smear done, checked for UTI, and the results were negative. Is it related to methamphetamine smoking? Sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi,Welcome to you for writing and I understand your concern. Usually smoking does not lead to such smell from vagina, it has no direct link with the vaginal odor, neither cancer causes any smell so do not think about these conditions. The smell and itching are due to infections lik...  Read Full »

I have an irregular menstrual cycle and foul odor from my vagina. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I do not have a normal menstrual cycle since the beginning. My period comes every three months and sometimes every two months. Also when I was in grade four my classmate said I smell bad. Then I and my mom went to the hospital and they only took my urine and said it was normal. Now I am 1...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to your description, there are two different things, one is about irregular periods and the second is about the smell. These days PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is very common, especially in the young population. Irregular periods, scanty menses, ac...  Read Full »

I am a 30-year-old female on contraceptives and getting spotting with an offensive odor. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old female. I am on contraceptives and getting spotting with an offensive odor. Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Which contraceptive are you taking? Is there itching or any other lesions? How much is the discharge? Is there a burning sensation during urination or an increased frequency of urination? The discharge could be of some local infection or any other local lesions. There ...  Read Full »

What does watery and foul-smelling vaginal discharge signify?

Query: Hi doctor, My aunt is 31 years old and had her uterus removed 11 years ago. From then she never had the periods nor any discharge. It was all alright until a month ago. She had suddenly started experiencing waterlike vaginal discharge which is little smelly, and it hurts in stomach sometimes. When s...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If there were few more facts about your aunt regarding the indication for uterus removal, any follow-ups, diabetic status, her sexual life, etc., would have been helpful. At the age of 31 years, the most probable cause is an infection. I put forth the possibilities and t...  Read Full »

I have had an embarrassing problem with the fishy smell and acidic taste of my vaginal discharge. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a very embarrassing problem with an odd odor, and taste of my vaginal discharge. My vagina smells fishy, and the taste is somewhat acidic or "tangy." The discharge is always whitish. I have had this problem since 12 years, and it has never improved. I have recently started t...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. It is better to have a high vaginal swab test in the laboratory as it is necessary to check the organism of infection and maintain strict hygiene. I suggest you to: Walk and exercise daily to maintain n...  Read Full »

My IUD is out of place, and I have an abnormal smell, constant discharge, and pain from the area where the IUD was placed. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I think my IUD is out of place. I am having extremely heavy and elongated discharge, which I thought might have started off as a period, but I do not know what it is now. I have an abnormal smell, constant discharge, and pain from the area where the IUD was placed, all through my right ...  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. If you suspect that your IUD (intrauterine contraceptive device) is out of place. It is important to seek medical attention promptly. An IUD that has moved or become dislodged can cause serious complications, su...  Read Full »

I have complaints of lingering foul smell and pale yellow-white-clear vaginal discharge. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old and have complaints of lingering bad smells and minimal colored vaginal discharge. I am not that sexually active because I am too embarrassed by the smell. I get a minimal pale yellow-white-clear discharge. I need some answers, I have tried over-the-counter yeast infe...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. Your symptoms are suggestive of vaginitis, and it is mainly due to a fungal infection. Following are my suggestions for your condition: Keep the area dry and clean, drink a lot of warm water, and co...  Read Full »

My periods were late by 30 days the last month, and my vaginal discharge smells fishy. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old female, and I had my first period when I was 16 years old. But my period was 30 days late last month. And this month it is late by two days and I still did not have it. There is a change in the smell of the vaginal discharge, too; it has a fishy smell now from the pas...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The foul-smelling discharge from the vagina could be due to any pelvic infection, which could be sexually transmitted. I would suggest getting a high vaginal swab test to find what is causing the infection. After giving the samples, I would suggest having tablet Metroni...  Read Full »

I started having vaginal discharge with a foul smell after my last sexual intercourse. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,After my last sexual intercourse, I started having vaginal discharge with a foul smell. The discharge is light orange or gray with a bad smell. I believe I have an infection. What should I take?Kindly help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Firstly do not get stressed out, there may be multiple reasons for this, and all can be treated with medication or small precautions. Please help me with the following information for the correct identification of the u...  Read Full »

Please suggest some home remedies for BV.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old. I have become sexually active within the six months for the first time and have come in contact with the use of douches and different sexual partners. Unfortunately, I think I have given myself bacterial vaginosis and not realized it. I have a strong odor down there,...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bacterial vaginosis is due to the imbalance between the healthy and unhealthy bacteria or organisms in the vagina. This balance between good and bad bacteria is needed to protect the vagina from new infections. The use of too many antibiotics and douches will kill both...  Read Full »

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