Get E-Book on COVID-19

Q. For the past two years, I have fishy vaginal discharge and itching. Is it a vaginal infection?

Answered by
Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 07, 2020

Hello doctor, For the past two years, I've been getting a smelly vaginal discharge, more like a fishy odor. I've never had any sexual intercourse. During those two years, my vagina was itching and sometimes it was unsupportable. I never went to a doctor as I don't know what to tell them and via message, it is easier to talk about. Well, it would be great if you looked into the matter as I'm scared of having got a vaginal infection. Thank you for your attention.



How are you doing? Hope you & your loved ones are safe and healthy.

For a young lady of 18yrs , not sexually active, diagnosis are

1. If you use vaginal wash or douching frequently. Use too many antibiotics frequently for any other reason. This could be Bacterial vaginosis. It's not an infection. It's just an imbalance between the healthy & unhealthy bacteria in your vagina. Every lady has a balance between these good & bad bacteria. They act like a security preventing any new infections entering body. Using vaginal wash or douching or antibiotics can kill both bacteria and disturb the balance. Treatment would be to stop these, use Oral Lactobacillus capsules. Vaginal wash daily for 5- 10 days with yogurt or curd twice daily.

2. If you use vaginal tampons or any foreign body.This could be source of infections into vagina. Then you will need a good course of antibiotics.orally & vaginally

3. Check your blood sugar levels. Especially if you have any family history of Diabetes. If yes, correction of blood sugar levels will cure the problem

4. Rare possibility is vaginal Tuberculosis., Especially if anyone in your proximity is suffering from TB, also if your area has too many cases of TB Can have your menstrual blood checked for TB- Need to contact your doctor then.

From your history I don't think it's anything serious to Hope I have clarified your query, do write back if any more queries & for your feedback All the best, take care

Was this answer helpful?


Related Questions:
What does waterlike vaginal discharge indicate?

.. 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 p...   Read full

Leukorrhea - Causes, Symptoms, Types, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

.. vaginal discharge that almost all women get during the menstrual cycle is called Leukorrhea. Learn about its causes, symptoms, types, diagnosis, and treatment .. ...   Read full

I have vaginal discharge, itching and irritation while peeing. Is this an infection?

.. often occurs due to cervical erosions or cervicitis. It shows increased vaginal discharge, and it can lead to secondary urinary tract infection with burning sensation and irritation during urination. So meet your gynecologist for a speculum examin...   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

Comprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Related Questions & Answers

D and C (Dilation and Curettage)

Article Overview: Dilation and curettage, or otherwise called D and C, is a minor surgical procedure where the cervix is widened (dilation) and the tissue lining the uterus is scraped or suctioned out (curettage). This procedure is usually done to treat conditions like heavy menstrual bleeding or to remove tissues left in the womb after a miscarriage.  Read Article

Dr. Sneha Kannan
Dr. Sneha Kannan
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Dilation and Curettage (D & C) Overview Dilation and curettage, or otherwise called D and C, is a minor surgical procedure where the cervix is widened (dilation) and the tissue lining the uterus is scraped or suctioned out (curettage). This procedure is usually done to treat conditions like hea...  Read Article

Can I use Terbinaforce plus cream for a vaginal infection?

Query: Hello doctor,Can Terbinaforce plus cream be used for a vaginal infection? I have itching after periods. Please guide.  Read Full »

Is it possible to get pregnant despite vaginal infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35-year-old female. I am suffering from a vaginal infection. I want to get pregnant. Is it safe and possible for me after treatment?  Read Full »

Also Read

Sinusitis - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Sinusitis is the infection of the air cavities within the nasal passages. Normally, the healthy sinuses are filled with ...  Read more»
Asthma and Its Rising Incidence
This article explains about asthma and its causes. It also focuses on the benefits of starting early treatment to lead a...  Read more»
Parkinson's Disease: Historical Aspects and Current Treatment Approaches
This article discusses the historical aspects of Parkinsonism and, the evidence based approaches currently available for...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: All health Q&As content published on this website are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek the advice from your physician or other qualified health-care providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.