Odorous vaginal discharge is one of the most common signs of vaginal infection (or vaginitis), and it is frequently accompanied by vaginal and/or vulval itching, swelling, redness, burning during urination, or pelvic pain. If you’ve ever dealt with vaginitis, then you certainly know just how bothersome these symptoms are. In addition to creating discomfort, they can also lower your self-confidence and self-esteem, and result in poor social interactions.
Hopefully, vaginal infections can be addressed with the right treatment, and they usually take little time to clear up. The good news is that you’re not alone – there are thousands of other women dealing with the same symptoms.
The material below answers your most common concerns in regard vaginal odor and discharge.
1. I have been experiencing a lot of yellow vaginal discharge with odor lately. It’s thick, yellowish, and looks just like cottage cheese, with clumps. There’s no itching or burning, and except for a bad fishy odor, I have no other symptoms. My doctor said it’s yeast infection and prescribed me Monistat, but it didn’t help. The amount has increased, and there’s more of this fishy smelling discharge after smell. What causes it? Is there anything wrong with me? Should I try a different medication?
AllDischarge.com Expert Answers:
Has your doctor taken any vaginal swabs to identify the cause of the abnormal discharge?
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) can cause symptoms that are pretty similar to yeast infection, such as white discharge with odor. However, the consistency tends to be a little thinner as compared to yeast infection, and the odor is usually stronger after sexual intercourse. Other symptoms, such as vaginal itching, burning during urination and discomfort, aren’t present. This seems to be your case since you say that, except for the odorous vaginal discharge, there are no other symptoms.
Bacterial vaginosis results from a change in the type of bacteria found in the vagina’s bacterial flora. Normally, bacteria of the Lactobacillus family naturally occur in the vaginal environment. They produce chemicals that maintain the vagina’s acidic pH, thus keeping infections at bay. Lifestyle changes, excessive cleaning, weak immunity and poor hygiene habits are the primary factors that can change the balance between good and bad bacteria, resulting in good bacteria being replaced by bad bacteria. This leads to smelly discharge that’s whitish to slightly yellow in color.