Does Yeast Infection Cause Fishy Smell

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what causes yeast infection in women and is that responsible for the fishy smell?
    Can lubricants cause fishy smell? I guess that what I really want to know.
    The smell started a couple of days after using a commonly know lube with a condom.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't know what the previous responder is doing 'in medicine' but he certainly ain't a Doctor. Perhaps he packs pills for a living.

      1st off, all women have an odour and this varies in strength from woman to woman. Just in the same way that a man's musky smell when he sweats is stronger in some men than others.

      Some people say that women smell 'fishy', this is a common description and has absolutely nothing to do with any infection of any kind.

      Oil based lubricants in themselves cannot cause a yeast infection (the clue is in the name). A yeast infection is a bacterial growth in the vagina caused by the right conditions - wet, warm and the introduction of the bacterial culture which can be done by 101 means. An oil based lubricant can sometimes cause inflamation due to allergic reaction and this is why many people prefer water based lubricants.

      If you are using oil based lubrication then the most imortant thing is to wash thoroghly afterwards... yeast infections are usually associated with a lack of cleanliness.... invest in a douche and use plenty of warm water.

      You're clearly using lubricants for a reason and if you introduce germs into the vagina and don't clean them out thoroughly then chances are you will get an infection and if you do, then a yeast infection or thrush may certianly increase the smell, but it isn't the only cause as women have a natural odour.

  2. QUESTION:
    can herpes cause a fishy smell during sex?
    I'm nervous that i have herpes but it kinda seems more like a yeast infection.. but can herpes cause a fishy smell during sex?

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  3. QUESTION:
    Is it common to get a yeast infection after unprotected sex?
    Me and my boyfriend have unprotected sex a lot and I think I keep getting a yeast infection but I'm not sure because the only symptom I have is the itching, and it does have a smell but its not fishy it smell like his cum. When I use monistat the itching goes away so could it be a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      It can cause it.

      he is giving it to you , the infection I mean by the sounds of it.

      ideally as a carrier he needs to see the doctor to get it treated, although it won;t harm him he will keep giving it to you.

      Use a condom in the mean time.

  4. QUESTION:
    What could this odor in my womanly area be caused by?
    I have an odd stinky smelling discharge. I have only one sex partner who I have been with for over eight years. Before I get to accussing him I am visiting my doctor Monday, but in the mean time has anyone experienced these symptoms and it was just a yeast infection or other minor vaginal irritation? I can't describe the smell, but it kind of smells fishy.

    • ANSWER:
      Sperm is acidic. Bacteria can increase when it's a more acidic environment. You probably don't have an STD, it's probably some kind of bacteria overgrowth. The doctor will give you something and tell you how to prevent it. You're less likely to have this happen if you use condoms.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why do I see a yellow discharge after I apply a vagina cream?
    I visited my doctor for a yeast infection and she prescribed a vagina cream. When I apply it, I see a yellow discharge afterwards. Why is that?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Ashan T,

      A common problem among many women is having a yellow vaginal discharge and yeast infection. Most women don't know what this discharge is, how it's caused, or even how to get rid of it. When you're faced with a mysterious problem regarding your health it can be frustrating even scary but there is an answer to your questions.

      The white or yellow vagina discharge is usually caused by what is known as yeast, which naturally resides in the body and is also called Candida. The scientific name for this is Candida albican. When someone has an infection of this specific type, it's known as candidiasis. This all may seem very confusing, but I assure you the answer for your problems couldn't be more simple.

      Depending on the individual, the colors in the vaginal discharge will be different and so are the causes. When a woman experiences yellow or white vaginal discharge, it is due to a build up of unhealthy bacteria in the body, a sort of biological wake up call. It will have a fishy smell to it or smell like rotting. This type of discharge usually appears as the result of an STD from unprotected sex, in which case the person will need to seek medical attention right away before their situation worsens.

      My friend have suffered from yeast infections for years, and I learned the hard way that most vaginal yeast infection treatments simply don't work. She treated it several times till we use this particular one from this site viz; http://bit.ly/5GRVG9 and all her suffering became a thing of the past.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I hide or mask that sour smell from my vagina?
    I know it's normal to have sour, bready, fishy, whatever smells from there, but obviously I'm not enjoying that smell so is there a way to prevent it?
    Is there a way to make it not smell? Or just cover it up or something? Any tips?

    I wear panty liners but i don't think they're making a difference.
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      First, A bacterial infection is NOT treated like a yeast infection. For a bacterial infection, the dr. prescribes antibiotics usually oral. You are not supposed to use any kind of over the counter yeast infection medications at all (it says so on the box and/or in the pamphlet inside) if it's the first time you notice any symptoms or smelly discharge since women don't always know the symptoms of yeast and bacterial infection. For a yeast infection, it can be treated with yeast infection medications after a dr. diagnosis it if it's your first time and you have never had a yeast infection diagnosed. I agree that if it's smells fishy or bread like smell it could be either a yeast and/or bacterial infection. Please do yourself a favor buy saving time and money and see your dr. for a diagnosis. Also any deodorant spray only masks the smell and can actually make the environment moist and more prone to getting an infection. I know that women and girls shouldn't hang around in wet bathing suits because it increases their chances for developing an infection. If this is your first time having this symptom (believe it or not, I was diagnosed with a bacterial infection during a routine check-up and I didn't have any symptoms other than very very minor itching) please see your dr. If you have intense itching, burning, or very red area down there and a cottage cheese like discharge or a thick discharge than it could be a yeast infection but not always. Sometimes bacterial infections can also go into the urethra and you can have both a bacterial infection in the vagina and the urinary tract. Believe me, a lot of girls and women get urinary tract infections by wiping the wrong way or through sex. Young girls being potty-trained should be taught they need to wipe from front to back not the other way because bacteria from the anus can be pushsed to the front area causing a bacterial infection of the vagina and/or the bladder. Because you have two smells bread like and fish like, you really need a dr. to diagnose you properly. Don't worry it doesn't hurt. All he/she does is take a long swab like a long Q-tip and takes a sample of the discharge, places it on a slide, and then sends it to the lab for a diagnosis. If this is the first time you will go to the dr. you may want to look at this link to find out what is done during a pelvic exam. It's a very informative link. http://www.revolutionhealth.com/conditions/reproductive-health/infertility/diagnose-overview/pelvic?s_kwcid=ContentNetwork|969275034
      Just a note... if anyone has abnormal bleeding or non-stop bleeding, has trouble keeping an appointment because she got her period for a normal check-up and when she rescheduled and had her period again, she can still be seen. The pap may not be as accurate and some women actually don't stop bleeding. I also heard that the best time to have a pelvic exam is during a woman's period. She can have a pap smear later on if the dr. wants to wait or if she is bleeding constantly a pap can be done anyway. I know many women have had non-stop periods before a hysterectomy is done. Also here is a video link on a pap smear and breast exam.
      http://video.about.com/womenshealth/ObGyn--PAP-Smear---Check-up.htm

      Another link on what a 13 year old went through when she had a discharge and how she felt after the exam. http://www.beinggirl.com/en_US/articledetail.jsp?ContentId=ART321

      I hope this info helps and I really do hope you get a diagnosis because there is no way to prevent a smell if it's an infection. You can treat it but covering it up if it's an infection can make it worse and if it's not an infection, then it can cause one. I know they make scented pads and liners but a lot of dr's tell women that unscented pads and/or tampons are the best to use. Also try to use Dove sensitive soap when washing the area down there as I was told by my girls pediatrician that it can prevent any irritation and/or bladder infections. Dove Sensitive is more easy on that area and doesn't contain any perfumes or dyes.

      see the following page so you can find out a girls experience after going to the family dr. for the first time after she had symptoms of itching.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do you know when you have bacterial vaginosis and does it spread?
    I have had yeast infections before and at first I though that this was one. But earlier today I realized it might be something else. There is a clear discharge but it doesn't smell at all (but my yeast infections don't smell either) so that's kind of why I thought it was a yeast infection. But now the outer area and near my bum is sore and irritated. Could this be the bacterial vaginosis? and is there any thing I can buy over the counter to help? It is friday night and I will not be able to see a Dr. until monday and would like to at least releive some of the discomfort if possible.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a change in the balance of bacteria that are normally present in the vagina, which can cause bothersome symptoms. BV is the most common cause of vaginal symptoms in women of childbearing age.

      The most notable symptom of bacterial vaginosis is an excessive, bad-smelling, grayish-white vaginal discharge. A "fishy" smell, which is usually worse after sex, is a telltale sign of BV. However, about half of women with BV have no noticeable symptoms.

      BV is diagnosed by a culture examination. If bacteria is present, it will show up during a culture. The only way to treat BV is by using an antibotic. You can only obtain this antibotic by visiting a doctor.

      I would suggest going to an urgent care center if there are any in your area. If not, you could always go to the ER. Based on how you've described your symptoms, I would wager to guess that it's not BV.

      I would not suggest using any sort of over the counter medication without consulting a doctor, most products will only make your symptoms worse. If you could stand it, place an ice pack on the irritated area for about 10 mins. That may help to reduce the pain.

      Good luck, hope you feel better soon.

  8. QUESTION:
    What causes a "fishy, bready smell" down there?
    other than an std?
    yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis?
    how can you tell with out going to the doctor
    like is there anything you can get at the store
    to test for infections "down there"?

    • ANSWER:
      Monistat has something available over-the-counter that can test for infections. It's a plastic thing and you insert it for around 10 seconds. When you pull it out, the end of it will have turned a color, which indicates your PH. You match that color to a chart provided for you, and it will tell you based on that color what you *possibly* have and the steps you need to take to treat it. It costs about -20 for a box of two tests.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can a woman tell the different between a cervicitis and a vaginatis ?
    The reason why I ask, these type of infection tends to be very similiar. They have about the same reaction.The itchy and foul discharge.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please see your DR. Your cervix will be red and swollen with discharge if you have cervicitis. Also you will probably present with vulvovaginitis, which is inflammation of the vulva and vagina. This could be caused from an STD which untreated can cause chronic abdominal pain and infertility. Vaginitis is similar to a yeast infection as it itches and has discharge. If discharge smells fishy odds are you have trichomoniasis. Go to the local health clinic they will check it out for free or for a low fee (depending on where you live).

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for my vagina to smell FISHY?
    Hi. I am a female and i have a really serious question. Okay, here goes.
    My vagina smells a bit fishy. What is it? Is it a yeast infection? What can i do to get rid of the smell? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      A fishy odour is a sign of bacterial infection — these are often caused by douching, i.e. washing the inside of your vagina, so if you are doing that, stop!

      A woman's natural discharge inhibits the growth of hostile bacteria. By cleaning your discharge away you would be creating an environment in which these bacteria can thrive — not a good idea. Any irritation will make your body produce extra discharge in an attempt to clear the problem. You shouldn't wash this discharge away (except maybe any that comes to the outside). Doing that is like picking at a scab. It will stop you healing.

      Only wash yourself externally; never internally.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I make my basset hound stink less?
    Obviously we bathe her, but within a few days she stinks again. Its not like a normal dog stink either. Its a rotten fishy, sour, extremely strong smell. I don't think she's rolling in anything because our other dog doesn't smell like that and they do everything together.

    • ANSWER:
      I Don't Smell Anything

      When you enter somebody's front door
      Where you've not been invited before
      Your nostrils may twitch
      To a stimulus which
      It is only polite to ignore

      It is faintly or pungently found
      Any place that has Bassets around
      And stinkily scenty
      To all congnoscienti
      Betokens the genus of hound

      Fastidious folk soon get tired
      Of the odor when deeply respired
      To all but the strong
      The Basset Hound pong
      Is a taste very slowly aquired

      Antiseptic deodorant foam
      Can't stop it corroding the chrome
      Defying detergent
      It triumphs resurgent
      As part of the fabric of home

      When all that you own is imbued
      With that which your bassets exude
      Blow your nose like a trumpet
      And like it and lump it
      Or live in a tent, in the nude.

      ________________________________

      Basset Hounds do tend to have an odor.

      First of all, I suggest having her checked by the vet to rule out medical issues. Causes of odor in Bassets include:

      Ear infections
      Skin problems
      Yeast infections (causes "stained" fur in groin, armpits, wrinkles, dewlaps, between toes etc.)
      Dental issues
      Lip fold infections/debris
      Anal gland problems

      Another issue to look at is diet. Many people report a reduction in the odor of their basset when switching to a corn-free diet.

      Regular brushing will help keep the skin and coat healthy. If the dog's skin is healthy, you can try a shampoo with a strong scent, like La Pooch or Lambert Kay Fresh N Clean with baking soda.

      If there is a skin problem, use a shampoo recommended by the vet. Otherwise you can try using a Listerine rinse, or a vinegar rinse, after you bathe the dog. Just mix Listerine or Vinegar half-and-half with water, pour over the dog (making sure you get it everywhere) and allow to dry. If you can blow dry your basset, paying special attention to the wrinkles, that will help as well. If you can find a really good groomer in your area, one that will dry your basset with a high velocity dryer, it might be worth the cost.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the causes of vaginal discharge?
    I never used to get vaginal discharge but recently I started getting them everyday, they turn out white/yellow and sometimes dry and sticky on my panties. I thought I was getting my period soon but it's been like 3 weeks since my period was suppose to come. But since I have an irregular period I'm not sure about the other causes. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Once you start puberty a white and/or clear mucous discharge is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you are sexually aroused. Trust me, you don't ever want it to go away. You will also have your own scent - musky - and it will smell stronger to you than to others.

      You can have this normal discharge for weeks, months or even years before getting your first period. It will also continue after you get your period. You can wear a pantyliner if it bothers you. Some girls do produce more discharge than others.

      It's normal to get it at any time even if you've never had it before. Your normal white/clear discharge will turn yellow or dry yellow when exposed to air.

      The consistency and amount of discharge can also be effected by diet, water intake, medication, illness and exercise.

      Different Types of Discharge:

      White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

      Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

      Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

      Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

      Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown. This may occur when you are ovulating/mid-cycle.

      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a yeast infection?
    without going to a doctor? I am not even sure if I have one...

    I usually have white discharge which is normal but today I had a sort of greenish tint to it. It smelled fishy. So how can I get rid of it? What can I do to prevent it?

    I know this is grose but please help!
    not sexually active

    • ANSWER:
      Green discharge and a fishy smell point to trichomoniasis, not a yeast infection. You need to see a doctor.

      A yeast infection usually causes discharge that looks like cottage cheese, and doesn't smell fishy.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have a yeast infection?
    Are there any signs? Odor? What causes it? Are there home remedies?

    I have a discharge but I am not sure if it is normal or not. My body has gotten out of wack since I had my son. Its not a cottage cheese discharge. It looks like I have had an organism with a slight smell....but not fishy or anything? Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and burning in the vagina and around the vulva (the skin that surrounds your vagina)
      A white vaginal discharge that may look like cottage cheese
      Pain during sexual intercourse
      Swelling of the vulva

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I cover-up that fishy smell from your vagina?
    You know when you have your period, that gross smell comes. Well I don't know how to cover that smell up. And please don't say scented pads, or tampons. Cause I'm asking for a different alternative..
    I take showers every morning and change my pad every hour cause I have a really heavy flow..

    • ANSWER:
      Really a shower should do it. I sometimes take a shower during the morning and a bath during the night, because the bath is warm and helps my cramps as much as it cleans. But I also wanted to point out women have natural odors and a lot of times over washing with soap can lead to UTIs and health problems too. Do you notice men never have problems with their odors, yet we as women as suppose to live in constant anxiety if we even smell a little? I say, get used to it unless it is overpowering, then maybe that could be a health problem too, like an yeast infection. But if a doctor checks you out and you are fine, you may just be a normal woman with a normal period and a normal smell...there is nothing wrong with that!

  16. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when a girls vagina smells like fish?
    b/c its been smelling weird down there lately & i dont have a clue what the problem is. It doesnt itch down there & i take a shower twice a day.Please i need help

    • ANSWER:
      I would advise you to go to the Doctor. 'Fishy' smell is bad, beachy well could mean you have a yeast infection.

      Notice any discharge? Cottage-y like?

      Test, because I have heard of infections caused by the same bacteria that lives in the anus, that by mistake can enter the vagina, and other bacterias.

      Never hurts to test.

  17. QUESTION:
    Feminine hygiene question. How can a woman stop vaginal odor?
    A woman showers everyday. She uses powder, lotion and other things to smell good. Her pubic area is shaven. No matter what her vagina has a odor. It is not internal, just the lips if that makes sense. She don't have a yeast infection or std. You can smell the odor through her cloths.

    Any suggestions? And what would be a good way to let them know someone smell them?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, first make sure that she doesn't have a sexual disease. What you described sounds pretty bad. She needs to get checked out for something called bacterial vaginosis, which causes a fishy smell but doesn't look like a yest infection. Also note that douching (rinsing out with water) may work for the short term but it can actually cause a yeast infection by messing with the balance of bacteria in the vagina.

      All women have a natural scent but not so malodorous like you described. Maybe a bit of it is genetic. Through her clothes? Ack.

      I'm not sure how you can broach the topic without sounding offensive. Maybe you can suggest that you both take a shower? I don't know. Be smooth.

      P.S. Interesting, so it is not the cervix and internal area that has the scent, but the outer lips. Well that makes it simple. She needs to take a shower with soap and water "down there" around the entrance. It's an easy fix.

  18. QUESTION:
    What causes smelly vaginal discharge? what are ways to get rid of it?
    for the past couple of months it has smelled a little like vinegar, or all dressed chips to be exact... lol
    i wash every day but it just always smells like that. my boyfriend also has said that it tastes sour/bitter.

    what is causing this? and how do i make it go away?
    i have been to the doctor and been tested and nothing has come up.

    • ANSWER:
      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva

      How you smell and taste is due to what you eat and drink or if you are ill or on medication.

  19. QUESTION:
    Why do I smell like rotten fish during my period?
    I shower like once or twice a day. I change my pad regularly.

    I don't like wearing tampons(no matter how hard I push it up i still can feel it).

    Usually the smell begins in the second or third day.

    • ANSWER:
      okay, so dont use bleach on your vaginal area!!!!! dont do it!!!! it will burn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, during your period your ph balance tends to shift. the PH balance is what maintains the healthy bacteria in your vagina. You may have bacterial vaginosis. Alot of women tend to get BV and yeast infections after there periods from the extreme shift in the vaginal PH balance. Try eating a healthy diet, fruits and veggies. Also wash your vaginal are with water and non scented soap. I use summers eve feminine wash. Harsh soaps can cause PH balance shifts. You should call your doctor and have a pap test done. they will be able to tell you what infection you MAY have. BV tends to have a fishy smell and yeast infections have a discharge thats thick and cottage cheese like. I know, YUCK!! sorry its the truth though. You can also google bacterial vaginosis and it will tell you everything you need to know. Just make sure you stay clean down there and you can even eat yogurt which contains Lactobacillus acidophilus. Also, tell your doctor of your symptoms. Hope this helped. Also you can google ways to maintain a healthy vagina. :)

  20. QUESTION:
    How do I treat vaginal odor?
    I have never had vaginal odor before. I've been in a relationship with the same man for 3 years now. I went away for a month, boyfriend visited, had sex, and now I have a musty, fishy smell down there. I think it's bacterial vaginosis, but I really don't know what could have caused it. I eat healthy, bathe everyday, wash thoroughly, etc. I'm actually out of town on a work trip so I can't see my doctor. Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      omg the person who told you to douche is wrong. especially after sex. the ask your doctor! the vinegar in a douche kills the god bacteria and if there is an infection or std, it Will push it further into your cervix. then you will have a worse problem. the fishy smell probably is vaginosis, which could be caused by soap if you clean to vigorously , especially with perfumed soaps. a Dr told me dove is the worst soap to use down there. until you can see your dr, the other people are right..try one of those new tests, eat plenty of yogurt, and you can try this homeopathic stuff at Walmart called yeast guard...it's the good bacteria you need. if you are concerned your bf brought you something extra, ask your Dr to run std tests.

  21. QUESTION:
    how long till Yeast Infection goes away ?
    im pretty sure i have a Yeast infection rite now , but its not burning or iching so im guessing its not to serious . But there is a cottage cheese'looking stuff .&a fishy smell . EWW . so im going to the doctors soon , and getting my pills or whatever medication they decide to give me .
    SO , how long APPROXEMITLY will it take for it to go away ?
    sorry this is a gross question ahah . THANKYU .

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, the burning may be caused by an allergic reaction. A small percentage of woman are allergic to one of the active ingredients in monistat called micanazole.

      If you're suffering from an allergic reaction you should let your doctor know so he/she can recommend another cream to use. If you self diagnosed your infection, it would probably be a good idea to stop using it and try something else.

      Personally I think the best approach is the natural way. Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans.

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      You can change your diet in conjunction with using the creams that you've been using and that will speed up the recovery significantly. But what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution instead. I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.

      If you're interesting in finding out more I've added a link that has some more info.

  22. QUESTION:
    Are sexual secretions from women suppossed to have any kind of smell at all?
    if there is a smell at all is it bad andwhat is it caused by? like should a doctor check it out?

    • ANSWER:
      It should have you own natural scent, which is effect by hygiene, diet and infection.

      Once you start puberty a white and/or clear discharge is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you are sexually aroused.

      Different Types of Discharge:

      White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

      Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

      Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

      Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

      Brown: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown.

      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva

      Signs of trichomoniasis
      A watery, yellowish or greenish bubbly discharge
      An unpleasant odor
      Pain and itching when urinating
      Most apparent after your period

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what type of vaginal infection i might have?
    I'm not sexually active or anythingg. But i do have an awful smelling discharge and i dont know what the cause is. Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      If it looks like cottage cheese it is probably a yeast infection.

      If it smells foul/fishy and kinda greenish it is probably bacterial vaginosis.

      Either way if this is your first time with bad smelling discharge best to have a doctor take some samples.

      Make sure you wear cotton underwear
      Don't use douches (it washes away good bacteria)
      Don't take bubble baths
      Practice good hygenie.
      Wipe front to back.

  24. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend told me that i smell like fish down below what can i do?
    What can i do to clean the smell my friend said lemon juice is that true or no if not what can i use?

    • ANSWER:
      A fishy odor is the most classic symptom of a common vaginal infection, Bacterial Vaginosis. You may have also noted an increase in discharge.

      Washing and hygiene have NOTHING to do with it. You are not dirty.

      Douching can actually CAUSE Bacterial Vaginosis. It strips away the natural flora of the vagina and alters the pH, which can cause BV to flourish.

      It is not sexually transmitted, but having sex can predispose you to getting it. This is because the semen changes the pH and lets BV grow.

      It is not the same as a yeast infection, completely different. Don't waste your money on medications or hygiene products which will only make it worse.
      There is no over-the-counter medication for Bacterial Vaginosis. You have to see your health care provider for a prescription.

      I'm just going by your symptoms here -- it certainly be something else -- but I am a midwife and I see a lot of this, and "fishy odor" is the number one symptom.
      Time to make an appointment!

  25. QUESTION:
    Why does my vagina smell so terrible/how can I improve the smell?
    ~I don't have sex regularily
    ~I don't have a yeast infection or anything
    ~There always seems to be a thick whitish/yellow residue which smells awful
    ~Been going on about a year

    Please keep the rude comments to yourself, I seriously just want some answers :/ Especially on how I can improve the smell. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      You could have a condition called Bacterial Vaginosis.

      This can cause a discharge with a 'fishy' type odor. (Even women who don't have sex can have BV)
      The good bacteria in the vagina get 'out of whack' and the bad bacteria take over.
      Always wipe front to back - don't douche or use perfumed soaps -

      You could have a cervical infection - Years ago, I had one and had similar symptoms like you are having.
      Discharge and odor.
      Both of these conditions really require a visit to the gynecologist.

      There is a fairly new homeopathic medicine on the market that is supposed to help a Bacteria Infection
      it is called Vh essentials and i saw it at Walgreen's but it is expensive - .00
      According to the reviews it has helped a lot of women

      But, you really should be seen by a doctor, because other serious conditions could develop in your female organs if this is not treated properly.
      I hope this has helped a little.

  26. QUESTION:
    why does my girlfriends vag smell like seattle?
    me and my girlfreind have been together for a few months now and we've started to get a little more physical lately. recently i unbuttoned her pants and a horrid smell came out, i was a very fishy rotten smell. is this normal? if not whats causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      no it's not normal. it could be caused by many things: poor hygiene, STD, bacterial infection, yeast infection, or a combination of all. Basically anything that could knock her PH off.

  27. QUESTION:
    I have Tested Positive for Bacterial Vaginosis but can i have a yeast infection as well?
    I tested positive for bacterial vaginosis, but the smell has gone and the discharge is still there, i started the antibiotics today and have only had one ( the smell had gone before i started them ) But could i have a yest infection at the same time?...Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics can cause a yeast infection, but you just started taking them. The vagina is self-cleaning so it is going to continue to discharge until the medication is out of your system.

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching
      Buy Monistat 7 over-the-counter

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva
      See a doctor

  28. QUESTION:
    I have discharge coming out of my vagina that looks like humus and smells weird, is that normal?
    I have discharge coming out of my vagina that looks like humus and smells weird, is that normal? What could it be?

    I haven't had sex ever either
    Only a few days, i'm 15.

    • ANSWER:
      If your discharge is white or curdy like cottage cheese
      If your vagina itches or feels sore ( like it was rubbed hard with fabric type sore)
      The itchyness differ from the lips, to where your clit is to that small area from in between your but and vagina
      Feeling of peeing more than usual?
      Chances are you may have Yeast infection or even Bacterial Vaginosis

      One way to check is to get a mirror, look down there and open the lips a little to see if theres that white little balls of discharge hiding

      Yeast infection is common for most girls and even babies and men. Its not an STD and girls get it either
      1. Immune system is down
      2. After taking antibiotics or after being treated for UTI
      3. Before or after Pregnancy or period due to the change of body temperature and hormones
      4. Wearing clothes ( pants or panties) that or too tight or wearing damp baiting suit too long
      5. If you are diabetic and eat too much sweets
      6. Allergic reaction to your panty or panti liner that can cause a rash in your vagina
      7. You lose the natural moisturizing or flora in your vagina

      Yeast lives in our body, and it thrives and goes into overdrive mode on warm most places like your vagina. And if you happen to have a huge amount of sweet/sugar in your diet, that basically is something your yeast loves too.

      Depending on a persons immune system, yeasts go away naturally.
      Medication varies, theres the very strong Diflucan which is doctor perscribed and theres the over the counter Monistat which is a vaginal supossitory ( meaning inserted in your vagina)
      Depending on your age, if you are pregnant or not and if you are under age of 15 or virgin, the type of medication differs. SO DO NOT SELF Medicate

      Also on using Monistat just a precaution, the first time you can or may get a burning feeling especially on the first try. For some women its bad, for others its not that bad.
      Chances why it burns, either its becuase you scratched yourself raw down there or your sensitive to the med.
      You have a choice to switch to something else after aking a doc or wait it out. But Monistat is the most commonly perscribed

      Now as a reminder, Bacterial Vaginosis or UTI has the same sypmtoms as yeast infection but may get worse, in fact chances if you have these symptoms
      1. Thick yellowy to green discharge
      2. Severe itching from outside the vagina to the inside
      3. pain in lower abdomen or lower back ( where your kidneys are
      4. In severe cases chills and fatigue ( feeling really tired)
      5. Sure way to know is if your discharge has a cheesy or fishy smell
      6. if your discharge is sweet or fruity smelling get a test for diabetes
      7. a UTI common symptom is having a tingling or painful feeling when pee-ing or having mino orgasms on some cases

      Then chances are you may have Bacterial Vaginosis... you need to see a doctor for this for a different medicine

      Then you can also get a Fungal infection, cause by an open rash in your vagina...and it goes hand in hand with yeast infection or if your vagina is too dry and it losses the "natural" moisturizing it needs. Again, just see a doctor for this
      The medicine for the Fungal Infection is Miconazole Lidocaine and thats a perscribed medicne too.

      Now if you wanna do some preventive measures for yeast infection, heres the FF

      1. Wear clean cotton undies
      2. Drink lots of liquid, less soda and lessen the sweets
      3. Try wearing unscented underwear
      4. Do NOT DOUCHE unless a doctor tells you so
      5. Eat lots of yougurt ( the real type) or drink Yakult ( Lactobacilli is your tummy and vagina's good vitamins)
      6. Avoid wearing tight fitting pants or undies for long periods of time
      7. Dont wash your genitals with harsh soaps, and if you do wash, wash with cold water.
      8. Do not scratch down there cause you may scar or wound yourself more

      I hope this helps

      http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/candidiasis-yeast-infection

  29. QUESTION:
    What are the signs & symptoms of a yeast inf. What other infections can a woman get down in her female area?
    afraif I might a yeast inf. but she doesn't itch so she thinks it might be something else. her crouch smelled like imitation crab seriously so what couldit be it'sfine now after she took a shower she's very clean person takes a shower everyday.

    • ANSWER:
      A vaginal yeast infection is an excess growth of yeast cells in the vagina. Yeast infections are very common in women of childbearing age but can occur at any age. Although they can be uncomfortable, vaginal yeast infections rarely lead to serious health problems.

      The most common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are:
      Vaginal itching
      Irritated genital skin
      Pain or burning in the genital area with urination or sexual intercourse
      In some cases, white vaginal discharge that is usually curdlike and odorless. Some women have no noticeable discharge.

      Yeast infections can be treated and cured sometimes with over the counter medications like Monistat. You can also visit your doctor and get some anti fungal medication like fluconazole (brand name: Diflucan).
      http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/hw61044

      Bacterial vaginosis (BV) and urinary tract infections (UTI) / bladder infections are also really common in women.

      Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a change in the balance of bacteria that are normally present in the vagina, which can cause bothersome symptoms. The most notable symptom of bacterial vaginosis is an excessive, bad-smelling, grayish-white vaginal discharge. A "fishy" smell, which is usually worse after sex, is a telltale sign of BV.

      BV is usually treated and cured with metronidazole (brand name: Flagyl), which needs to be prescribed by your doctor.
      http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/hw53097

      A urinary tract infection ususally occurs when germs get into your system through your urethra—the tube that carries urine from your bladder to the outside of your body. The germs that usually cause these infections live in your large intestine and are found in your stool. Once the germs are inside your urethra, they can travel up into your bladder and kidneys and cause an infection.

      You may have an infection if you have any of these symptoms:
      You feel pain or burning when you urinate
      You feel like you have to go often, but not much urine comes out when you do
      Your belly feels tender or heavy
      Your urine is cloudy or smells bad
      You have pain on one side of your back under your ribs
      You have fever and chills
      You have nausea and vomiting

      UTIs can be treated and cured with antibiotics.
      http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/hw57226

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to wash your vagina with soap?
    Growing up I always knew that soap made it itchy, but lately I have been washing it with soap pretty thoroughly. I saw a post about this earlier and some women said that it wasn't good to have soap in your vagina. So does that mean that I should stop? Because I have been itching down there and it's annoying. And no I don't think it's a yeast infection. The only problem I have is that it's itchy and a little red. No odor, no colored discharge. So do you think it's the soap? Should I not wash down there like that? I was just trying to be clean. Thanks!
    Thanks you guys. I can't believe I was so ignorant to something like that. It's important to know what I should do with my body. Glad I asked. You all had great answers thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Odor and discharge are sometimes symptoms of yeast infections, but not necessary for diagnosing one. It's possible that there may be a yeast infection, but it's also possible that there's just some irritation from the soap. Sometimes though, the yeast infection can show up in the early stages with just a little redness, and itchiness before the full on yeast infectionsets in.

      That said, washing the outside of your vulva with soap is okay, if it doesn't bother your bodyis bad. Putting soap on the inside of your vulva, your inner labia, clitoris, and vagina, however, is a bad idea, and can cause irritation and infection-most often either yeast or bacterial vaginosis (the infection that's commonly associated with "the fishy smell" but can have more serious consequences like pre-term labor if you're pregnant, or pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to scarring and infertility.) Vaginas are self cleaning. If you feel the need to wash it, plain water, and your hand do a fine job. It doesn't need the addition of soap.

      Feel better soon.

  31. QUESTION:
    what is the thick white smelly goo that comes out of my vagina everyday?
    i don't know whats wrong but it seems bad,like i won't even do things with my bf cause im embarressed with the smell...
    ii don't know why but it happens every day.?
    please help!

    • ANSWER:
      This should help you decide.

      Once you start puberty a white and/or clear, non-foul smelling discharge (mucous) is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. You will also have your own 'scent' (musky) and it will smell stronger to you than to others. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you are sexually aroused. Trust me, you don't ever want it to go away.

      Different Types of Discharge:

      White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

      Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

      Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

      Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

      Brown: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown.

      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva

      Signs of trichomoniasis
      A watery, yellowish or greenish bubbly discharge
      An unpleasant odor
      Pain and itching when urinating
      Most apparent after your period

  32. QUESTION:
    What are ways to make your vagina smell better?
    Just wondering if there's certain foods or something you can do to make "down stairs" smell nicer(:

    • ANSWER:
      Poor Hygiene: Pretty obvious, so I won’t get into this one other than to say you should be washing this area daily. If not, that’s probably the source of your funk.

      Bacterial Vaginosis: This is a bacterial infection that causes a distinct “fishy” smell. It’s pungent and nasty. It’s caused by an overgrowth of natural bacteria – you don’t have to be trampy and sleeping around to get it. It will not go away on it’s on, and you can’t treat it with something like Monistat, cos it’s a bacteria (and Monistat is an anti-fungal). So don’t self-treat if you think you have this, go to the doctor and get a prescription for what you need.

      Yeast Infections:Most of these don’t smell, so I’m not even going to address it. I’m just mentioning it because so many men think they have a clue about a woman’s body, and are keen to diagnose. So I’m just saying – No, nuh-uh, highly unlikely. Next.

      STD’s: These certainly can smell – but most STD’s don’t present symptoms in women. So it’s unlikely this is the source. That said – if the problem persists, or if you know you’ve been exposed, you should still be tested.

  33. QUESTION:
    Hi please can you help. I keep getting a horrible fishy smell from the vagina?
    I keep getting a fishy like smell from the vagina. Its horrid, its not thrush as I have had that before. I have showers etc but 10 mins later its smells no matter how much I wash.This is so embarrassing its getting me depressed

    • ANSWER:
      I feel your pain. I agree it may be a yeast infection. Guess what? Since this is a common occurrence in women, treatment for a yeast infection is sold over the counter now. It should come with an applicator to inject the cream into the vagina. Follow directions carefully

      Yeast infections

      Yeast infections occur when certain internal or external factors change the normal environment of your vagina and trigger an overgrowth of a microscopic fungus — the most common being C. albicans. A yeast infection isn't considered a sexually transmitted disease. Besides causing most vaginal yeast infections, C. albicans also causes infections in other moist areas of your body, such as in your mouth (thrush), skin folds and fingernail beds. The fungi can also cause diaper rash.

      Factors that increase your risk of yeast infections include:

      Medications, such as antibiotics and steroids
      Uncontrolled diabetes
      Hormonal changes, such as those associated with pregnancy, birth control pills and menopause
      Bubble baths, vaginal contraceptives, damp or tightfitting clothing and feminine hygiene products, such as sprays and deodorants, don't cause yeast infections, but they may increase your susceptibility to infection. (mayoclinic)

  34. QUESTION:
    What would cause a very clean woman's vagina to have a bad odor?
    What can be done to resolve the issue?

    • ANSWER:
      Once you start puberty a white and/or clear discharge is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you are sexually aroused. Trust me, you don't ever want it to go away.

      You will also have your own scent - musk like - and smell stronger to you than to others.

      Different Types of Discharge:

      White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

      Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

      Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

      Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

      Brown: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown.

      Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: This may occur when you are ovulating/mid-cycle.

      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva

      Signs of trichomoniasis
      A watery, yellowish or greenish bubbly discharge
      An unpleasant odor
      Pain and itching when urinating
      Most apparent after your period

  35. QUESTION:
    My vagina is keep discharging watery fluid nearly everyday at random times of the day?
    I'm 18, i'm still a virgin so it's got nothing to do with STD or Birth Control Pill, but i do be on heavy and bad periods when ever i start. My stomach hurts a lot, i start feeling weak that i cant stand up straight, if i do then i collapse right down. I get black outs as well. Its been happening since the day i started on my periods which was 6 years from now. What is the cause of this, how do i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, here is an article that highlights the facts of vaginal discharge. I hope this information can help answer a few of your questions. Take care.
      Any change in the balance of normal bacteria in the vagina can affect the smell, color, or texture of the discharge. These are a few of the things that can upset that balance:

      antibiotic or steroid use
      bacterial vaginosis, which is a bacterial infection more common in pregnant women or women who have multiple sexual partners
      birth control pills
      cervical cancer
      chlamydia or gonorrhea, which are sexually transmitted infections
      diabetes
      douches, scented soaps or lotions, bubble bath
      pelvic infection after surgery
      pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
      trichomoniasis, which is a parasitic infection typically caused by having unprotected sex
      vaginal atrophy, which is thinning and drying out of the vaginal walls during menopause
      vaginitis, which is irritation in or around the vagina
      yeast infections

      Type: Bloody or brown
      Meaning: Irregular menstrual cycles, or less often, cervical or endometrial cancer
      Symptoms: Abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain

      Type:Cloudy or yellow
      Meaning: Gonorrhea
      Symptoms: Bleeding between periods, urinary incontinence

      Type: Frothy, yellow or greenish with a bad smell
      Meaning: Trichomoniasis
      Symptpoms: Pain and itching while urinating

      Type: Pink
      Meaning: Shedding of the uterine lining after childbirth (lochia)
      No other symptoms

      Type: Thick, white, cheesy
      Meaning: Yeast infection
      Symptoms: Swelling and pain around the vulva, itching, painful sexual intercourse

      Type: White, gray, or yellow with fishy odor
      Meaning: Bacterial vaginosis
      Symptoms: Itching or burning, redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva

      Source(s): http://women.webmd.com/vaginal-discharge-whats-abnormal

  36. QUESTION:
    What causes an excessively "fishy" vaginal smell?
    I have tested negative for chlyamidia, VD, HPV, gonnorhea, etc. It clears up then comes back. Could it be an allergic reaction to lubricant?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be any where from bad hygiene to a yeast infection to get a full answer go to the gynecologist

      ~Ally

  37. QUESTION:
    I have an itchy vagina and a funny smell?
    Okay, so im 15, im still a virgin and lately there has been a sort of fishy smell and some itching coming from my vagina, as i said, im a virgin, so it cant be an STD, but i do 'masterbate' or whatever girls call it, its really embarrassing, and i dont want to go to the doctors and i dont want to tell my mum, i think it might be a yeast infection... but how do you get rid of them... help?

    • ANSWER:
      A fishy odour is a sign of bacterial infection — these are often caused by douching, i.e. washing the inside of your vagina, so if you are doing that, stop!

      A woman's natural discharge inhibits the growth of hostile bacteria. By cleaning your discharge away you would be creating an environment in which these bacteria can thrive — not a good idea. Any irritation will make your body produce extra discharge in an attempt to clear the problem. You shouldn't wash this discharge away (except maybe any that comes to the outside). Doing that is like picking at a scab. It will stop you healing.

      Only wash yourself externally; never internally!

  38. QUESTION:
    I had sex with my boyfriend raw and i never had a fishy after smell then he used a condom and it happend again?
    I shower with summers eve wash and dove. Should i douche to get the smell out cause i never had that smell before till i got with him.

    • ANSWER:
      Douching just leads to infections.
      It's probably just a yeast infection. See a doctor.

  39. QUESTION:
    What causes vaginal discharge that looks like snot?

    and itching throughout the day,then buring when uinating?

    • ANSWER:
      Snot looking - is a clear mucous discharge that is usually associated with ovulation.

      Once you start puberty a white and/or clear wet mucous discharge is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you are sexually aroused. Trust me, you don't ever want it to go away. It is what makes sex possible. You will also have your own unique musky scent and it will smell stronger to you than to others.

      Some girls do produce more discharge than others. You can wear a pantyliner if it bothers you. The amount and consistency can vary due to hormones, diet, water intake, exercise, illness and medication.

      Different Types of Discharge:

      White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

      Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

      Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

      Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

      Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown. This may occur when you are ovulating/mid-cycle.

      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching
      Buy Monistat 7 over-the-counter

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva
      See a doctor

      Burning when you urinate can be either the sting of urine touching sensitive skin from an infection or can be a urinary track infection (UTI) or a bladder infection. Or a combo of a bacterial infection and a UTI.

      It's best to see a doctor.

  40. QUESTION:
    iI have vaginal discharge and i havent had my period yet ?
    I think this is a sign i will start my period soon is that true cause ive had it for about 2 months and ive been threw puberty i have little breast and im also 15. And im sure its not a infection cause its not itchy or doesnt smell.

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of info for now and in the future:

      Once you start puberty a white and/or clear discharge is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you are sexually aroused. Trust me, you don't ever want it to go away. You will also have your own scent - musky - and it will smell stronger to you than to others.

      You can have this normal discharge for weeks, months or even years before getting your first period. It will also continue after you get your period. You can wear a pantyliner if it bothers you. Some girls do produce more discharge than others.

      Different Types of Discharge:

      White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

      Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

      Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

      Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

      Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown. This may occur when you are ovulating/mid-cycle. Your first period can look like this also.

      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva

  41. QUESTION:
    Can it be normal to have yellow discharge from vagina?
    I went to the doctors and they took a swab she said that there was no infection and that lots of women just live with it. Honestly I don't know how the hell it can be normal, you can't live with it! It stinks and is really think with clumps in - it's so embarassing! I really don't want to go to the doctors about it again as it's so embarassing especially if they say that nothing is wrong again. Do you know how I can get rid of it? is there a way to wash it out? Can it be normal?

    • ANSWER:
      hmmm. The doctor said it was normal? Did you go to a gynecologist or a general practitioner? Being that the discharge is yellow and has a smell to it concerns me. When you say thick with clumps I think yeast infection. The smell and yellow discharge I think vaginitis or possible STD. I strongly suggest you get a second opinion.

      Here are some key ways to determine if your vaginal discharge is normal or if you have cause for concern:

      Color
      Normal- Clear or whitish discharge (may be yellowish when dried)
      Cause for concern- Yellow or greenish discharge, or discharge that suddenly changes color

      Scent
      Normal- Mild scent or none at all
      Cause for concern- A strong, foul, sometimes "fishy" odor, or a sudden change in odor

      Texture
      Normal- Can vary from "paste" like and somewhat sticky to clear and stretchy, depending on where you are in your cycle and whether you are aroused
      Cause for concern- Clumpy or lumpy discharge, with "cottage cheese" like texture

      Volume
      Normal- Can vary from very little to quite a lot (particularly when ovulating or aroused)
      Cause for concern- Sudden changes in volume, particularly if other symptoms are present

  42. QUESTION:
    Why does my vagina have a fishy smell to it?
    I had a yeast infection a while back and it has been like this ever since, I have no idea why.. I have used vaginal wash and douche and nothing has seemed to help.. There is no swelling or burning.. Sometimes I will have a little discharge.. But that's it... I'm thinking maybe I didn't get completely rid of the yeast infection maybe..

    • ANSWER:
      You are causing this problem yourself by douching. A fishy odour is a sign of bacterial infection and douching is a major cause of this. Dont do it! Your vagina is fully capable of cleaning itself...

      A woman's natural discharge inhibits the growth of hostile bacteria. By cleaning your discharge away you would be creating an environment in which these bacteria can thrive — not a good idea. Any irritation will make your body produce extra discharge in an attempt to clear the problem. You shouldn't wash this discharge away (except maybe any that comes to the outside). Doing that is like picking at a scab. It will stop you healing.

      Only wash yourself externally; never internally!

  43. QUESTION:
    Can Men get Bacterial vaginosis and Why does it keep coming back?
    My boyfriend and i have been together for about a year. We both claim to be faithful to one another. But i keep getting BV. When I ask my doctor he said I take to many baths and that BV is only found in women. Also I become dry when we have sex and it causes my boyfriend to get this scab on his penis. We both had a STD screening and we both got (-) results. Can someone tell me what's going on.

    • ANSWER:
      BV is basically caused by an organism called Gardnerella vaginitis. It is NOT considered an STD. Your boyfriend isn;t likely to be able to provide the right environment on/in his body for him to get it. Here is a clipping off the net: (BV) is characterized by the overgrowth of certain bacteria in the vagina, including Gardnerella vaginalis, Gardneralla mobiluncus, and Mycoplasma hominis. Bacterial vaginosis is grossly underdiagnosed because many women assume they have a yeast infection and treat symptoms with over-the-counter medications.

      Incidence and Prevalence
      Bacterial vaginosis accounts for 60% of vulvovaginal infections. Young adult women, particularly those who are sexually active, are most commonly affected.

      Causes and Risk Factors

      BV is caused by a change in the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina. Lactobacillus, helpful bacteria, metabolizes glycogen to lactic acid in the vagina and maintains normal vaginal pH, which provides a natural defense against unhealthy bacteria proliferation.

      When the defense is weakened, other bacteria present in the vagina (e.g., Bacteroides sp, Peptostreptococcus sp, Gardnerella vaginalis, G. mobiluncus, Mycoplasma hominis) proliferate and cause symptoms. About 50% of women have G. vaginalis in their vaginal flora but do not develop infection.

      Broad-spectrum antibiotics may destroy healthy bacteria, disrupt the vagina's normal flora, and promote infection. Douching, overused or retained tampons, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs), diaphragms, contraceptive sponges, and products containing nonoxynol-9 may also disrupt the balance.

      Bacterial vaginosis also is associated with having multiple sex partners, a new monogamous sexual relationship, and a history of STDs.

      Signs and Symptoms

      A fishy vaginal odor, itching, and irritation are common signs of BV and may be particularly noticeable after intercourse or menses. It may be accompanied by a smooth, sticky white or gray discharge 4 days to 4 weeks following exposure. Elevated vaginal pH level is also a symptom.

      Complications
      BV is associated with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), female infertility, tubal (ectopic) pregnancy, premature birth, and low birth weight in infants born to infected mothers.

      Diagnosis

      Diagnosis is usually made by visual observation and by smell. A pelvic examination is performed to determine whether the cervix is producing abnormal secretions and to check for other diseases.

      Vaginal fluid may be treated with a 10% solution of potassium hydroxide (KOH), which makes the characteristic odor more pronounced. A sample is usually taken for microscopic examination to confirm the presence of bacteria, and pH levels are checked. Most physicians recommend a full STD screening.

      Treatment

      Antibiotics such as metronidazole and clindamycin are generally prescribed, as oral (pill) or topical (cream) treatments. When used topically, these medications may cause side effects such as stinging, burning, and irritation. Douching should be avoided.

      Sex partners may require treatment if infection recurs.

  44. QUESTION:
    My vagina is really red and irritated what could it be?
    I have been having sex recently. My vagina has been itching and burning really bad. It burns really bad when I pee. I thought it might be a uti or something. Today I looked at myself in the mirror and it is really red like raw almost. What could it be? Should I be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey, I am really sorry to hear that. However there can be several reasons why you are experiencing itching and burning.

      The first is bacterial vaginosis. The is the wrong bacteria growing in your vagina that leads to an infection. So you will get itching, inflammation, burning, discharge, and a fishy-smelling odor.

      The second and pray that you don't have this is an STDs like chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, and/or gonorrhea. Vaginal itching and irritation are ALL symptoms of these STDs.

      Finally it could be a yeast infection. Yeast infections occur when the yeast, candida, grows excessively in the vagina. Intercourse can make women more likely to get a yeast infection. Plus the irritation a yeast infection will cause thick, white, cheesy discharge.

      The best advice go and see a doctor ASAP to be on the safe side. Try bookmarking blogs like:
      http://www.EffectsOfDrugs.Info
      http://www.HospitalPharmacy.Info

      Hope this helps you out

  45. QUESTION:
    why does my vagina have this fishy smell? could it be from having sex?
    I had sex with my boyfriend for the first time a few days ago. We were both virgins, and i'm not on birth control or anything so we just used a spermicidal condom. The next day i noticed that my vagina smelled funny and i had this weird yellow discharge. Is it just because my body wasn't used to sex or was it the condom?

    • ANSWER:
      possibly an allergic reaction to the condom or spermicide. Or even the friction on your vagina and outside of your vagina could have made it soar and irritated, and not being very clean down there could have caused a smell. yeast infections do not have a smell so don't worry. Clean down there 2 times a day and it should get better and make one of those cleanings after sex. Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    Any homemade cure for a smelly vagina?
    I always get this gooey vaginal discharge that smells very fishy. It's not a good smell and i can sometimes smell it through my jeans. I DON'T have a yeast infection, i know for sure.

    ~So, are there any things that i can do to prevent this stench other than going to the store and buying a cream or something?

    PLEASE HELP.

    • ANSWER:
      Well,it's not only a yeast infection that makes our vagina's smell/stink.There are different types of vaginal infections that will cause this 'smell'.You really have to go to your GYN for a pap-smear,then your GYN will be able to figure out exactly what type of vaginal infection you have.And treat it accordingly.NEVER apply lotion on your vaginal area..Never do this!! That will only make matters much worse,possibly ever cause a yeast infection on top of what you already seem to have.So,just don't do that,ok? No powders,creams/lotions nothing UNTIL you see your GYN.You can however go to your local pharmacy and purchase some over the counter vaginal cream,this will only relieve any itching you might have.But nothing will take away the odor,except a prescription medication from your doctor.You could also go to your primary doctor for a pap smear,either way this infection can NOT be treated over the counter.How do you know you don't have a yeast infection? Just wondering how you know this.Just go see your doctor/GYN,ok? Good luck to you.

  47. QUESTION:
    What causes a woman's vagina to smell fishy?
    Could it be possible for a woman to have a vagina with a bad odor b/c she doesn't drink much water? She drinks mostly soda/juices and rarely drink water. To be honest with you she hardly even drinks.

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial Vaginosis. It's the most common form of vaginal infection. It's caused when the natural balance of her vagina is disturbed and the bad bacteria take over the good bacteria (lactobacilli) that keep everything in order. It can be fixed with a round of antibiotics (like Flagyl).

      And it is NOT an STD. Men can't get it, although lesbians can pass it between partners. You get it for a lot of different reasons. New sex partners is one of them. (Semen can disturb the vagina) but not the only reason.

      Edit: Also, the scented pads and deoderants suggested below actually will make it worse and add a potentially bothersome yeast infection to the mix. Don't douche. No creams. No perfumes. Just straight up antibiotics.

  48. QUESTION:
    what is my vagina suppose to smell like?
    im not talking about the hole cause i know thats suppose too smell muskyish & thats how mine smells i am talking about the labia...mine smells kinda fishy is that bad? there is no itching, burning, er any sign of yeast infection er anyother infection. & it cant be an std cause im a virgin, so idk.....???

    • ANSWER:
      Women can sometimes smell a little bit fishy and that's perfectly normal. Just be careful not to use soap inside your lips. You just need to wash every morning with a clean warm flannel. If you really want to use something else you can buy feminine wash which is specially formulated to use in that area.

  49. QUESTION:
    Could a lesbian experience change my Vagina's PH Balance?
    I am 26 years old and never once in my life had an issue with foul odors down there.. Although a few months back I had a sexual experience with another woman. She smelled very strongly of fish and since that interaction with her., I have begun to smell like fish no matter what I do. I researched and thought maybe I contracted bacterial vaginosis. I went to the ER and they treated me for a yeast infection where I took a single dose pill. The smell has persisted. Could my PH Balance have changed due to being in contact with this woman?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet, stress, wearing underwear that don't let air circulate (non-cotton), certain medications and diseases, infections can cause bad odors in that region. But a change in vaginal PH balance from one lesbian experience? No. I would advise you to have a complete exam to rule out other causes such as trichomonas vaginalis which has a distinctive fishy odor. To treat a trich infection both partners need to take oral medication to keep from reinfecting each other.

  50. QUESTION:
    What cause brown discharge from vaginal?
    when I was around 10 I started to have discharge. I remember the color was clear and few hours later if i check on my underwear it might be a bit yellow. Till this day I'm 20 and still get it. Sometimes its brown sticky discharge. Is this normal? What can I do to stop getting it? Is there any medicine that i can take?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course it is normal.

      Once you start puberty a white and/or clear mucous discharge is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you are sexually aroused. Trust me, you don't ever want it to go away. It is what makes sex possible. Your normal white/clear discharge will turn yellow or dry yellow when exposed to air.

      You will also have your own scent - musky - and it will smell stronger to you than to others.

      This normal discharge will also continue after you get your period. You can wear a pantyliner if it bothers you. Some girls do produce more discharge than others.

      Different Types of Discharge:

      White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

      Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

      Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

      Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

      Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown. This may occur when you are ovulating/mid-cycle.

      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva

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