DIVA Answers “My Vaginal Discharge Smells Fishy”
I have a fishy smell that comes out of my vagina for the past one month now. Is there any natural and/or home made remedies?
Vaginal discharge serves an important housekeeping function in the female reproductive system. Fluid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix carries away dead cells and bacteria. This keeps the vagina clean and helps prevent infection.
It’s normal for your vaginal discharge to have a slight odour. But, a strong vaginal odor — for instance, a “fishy” smell — might be abnormal and could indicate a problem.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) — an overgrowth of normally occurring vaginal bacteria — is the most common vaginal infection that causes a fishy-smelling vaginal odour.
The most common symptom of BV is an abnormal homogeneous off-white vaginal discharge (especially after vaginal intercourse) that may be accompanied by an unpleasant (usually fishy) smell.
If you’re concerned about an abnormal or persistent vaginal odour, see your doctor — especially if you have other signs and symptoms such as itching, burning, irritation or discharge.
In the meantime, to minimize vaginal odour:
1. Wash your external genital area. During regular baths or showers, use a very small amount of mild, unscented soap and lots of water.
2. Avoid douching. All healthy vaginas contain bacteria and yeast. The normal acidity of your vagina keeps bacteria and yeast in check. But douching can actually upset this delicate balance.
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