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I have dark vulva with smelly vaginal discharge. Is this due to PCOD?


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Dr. Vinodhini J.

Published At September 1, 2020
Reviewed AtSeptember 6, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a young teen of 16, and I am conscious of myself. I have found my vulva dark (almost dark brown). I sometimes have smelly vaginal discharge, but I guess it is normal as it does not cause any discomfort to me. I have been with symptoms of PCOD like sudden weight gain, surge in thyroxine, hair loss, and mainly delayed periods. My periods get delay for 15 to 20 days sometimes. But I have lost around 15 to 17 lbs of weight and now my periods are all fine. As I am conscious about my body, I do not like having darker vulva and vaginal smell. But I cannot go for any of the surgery for lightening my skin. So kindly, suggest tips and methods for lighting my vulva, which I desperately want to.

Answered by Dr. Deepika Joshi


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Every female has a different vulva and you should not be conscious about your body. Vulva is normally more pigmented and it is absolutely normal. See if discharge is not associated with itching and burning then it is normal. Just practice good hygiene, change underpants daily and keep your intimate parts clean. Why are you conscious that is a normal thing? Labia minora is normally dark and that is how it is. Stop being conscious and just love yourself and be confident. Having a dark vulva is absolutely normal but, yes you should take PCOS seriously. Exercise daily and avoid junk food as weight loss is the most effective treatment.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Deepika Joshi
Dr. Deepika Joshi

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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