Fishy Vaginal Odor
When there is inflammation in or around the vagina, it is often due to infection; this usually leads to a fishy vaginal odor. This unpleasant smell is surely abnormal. When there is an infection of the vagina, it is usually accompanied by other frustrating issues such as irritation, itching, and odd vaginal discharge.
In order for the vagina to be at its optimal health, the acidity levels (pH) need to be completely balanced. When the pH is the way it should be, the bacteria living within the vagina is also balanced. There are both "good" and "bad" bacteria residing in the vagina and they are called lactobacilli and anaerobes. When the vagina is balanced properly, the lactobacilli outnumber the anaerobes; however when there is a problem with the pH balance, the anaerobes multiply and eventually outnumber the lactobacilli. This can result in bacterial vaginosis, and along with this condition also comes an unpleasant fishy vaginal odor.
Any woman can contract bacterial vaginosis, although it is most common in women who are of reproduction age and have multiple sex partners. This infection is also very common amongst pregnant women. Unfortunately, doctors are still unsure of the precise reason of why bacterial vaginosis develops, but they do know that women who have unprotected sex and practice douching are more likely to contract the infection. Other signs of bacterial vaginosis include light vaginal bleeding and burning during urination. Interestingly enough, however, there are some women who have this infection but never experience any symptoms.
If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, you should visit your doctor promptly. This is especially true if you have never had an infection, if you have had an infection but are experiencing different symptoms, you are with a new sex partner, you have multiple sex partners, you've been treating yourself for a yeast infection, you have a fever and/or if you have distinct fishy vaginal odor.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is another cause for a fishy vaginal odor. This infection deals with the reproductive organs, and it is due to bacteria that have been sexually transmitted. If the bacteria travel up the genital track to the uterus from the vagina, it can certainly lead to pelvic inflammatory disease.
The signs and symptoms pertaining to PID include: pain in the lower abdomen, lower back pain, pain in the pelvis, heavy vaginal discharge, unpleasant fishy vaginal odor, irregular bleeding during menstruation, pain during sexual intercourse, fever, difficult/painful urination, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting or absolutely no signs or symptoms whatsoever. Pelvic inflammatory can also be asymptomatic, however if the woman is not experiencing any symptoms, it is usually because she has already been infected with Chlamydia.
If you are experiencing severe symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease, it is highly necessary for you to get to the emergency room. The more severe symptoms may include shock, fainting, vomiting, fever and severe pain in the lower abdomen. However if the symptoms are not severe, although consistent, schedule a doctor's appointment.
There are other causes of a fishy vaginal odor such as sexually transmitted infections (STI). Other symptoms associated with sexually transmitted infections include bleeding between menstrual cycles and painful urination. Stop having sex and see a doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of these signs. You are least likely to develop PID if you see a doctor about a sexually transmitted infection as soon as possible.
Having unprotected sex, whether you have one or multiple sex partners, increases your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. There are also contraceptives that can have differing affects on the development of pelvic inflammatory disease. For example, an intrauterine device (IUD) can actually increase the risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease, and condoms reduce the risk. Birth control pills are not protection against any sexually transmitted infections, but they may possibly aid in the prevention of pelvic inflammatory disease due to the fact that they cause the body to produce thick cervical mucus. This mucus makes it more difficult for bacteria to reach the upper genital tract.
Fishy vaginal smell can also be connected to the development of Trichomoniasis, another sexually transmitted disease. Trichomoniasis is known for causing a pungent fishy vaginal smell and discharge, genital itching and painful urination. Pregnant women with Trichomoniasis are more likely to have a premature delivery.
Condoms and spermicidal are known for preventing Trichomoniasis, however if the woman or man have contracted this disease, then both of them will need treatment. When it comes to men, they do not usually have any signs or symptoms, but if they do, it is typically painful urination. If either person has contracted this disease, then it is highly important to seek immediate treatment, thereby reducing the potential of a reoccurrence. Fortunately, the treatment for Trichomoniasis only requires one mega dose of metronidazole (Flagyl).
A tiny, singular-celled parasite is the cause of Trichomoniasis, and it travels from one person to the next during sexual intercourse. If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms such as an unpleasant fishy vaginal smell, green, yellow, gray or white vaginal discharge, genital burning, painful urination, painful intercourse or itching or redness in the genital area, then it may very well be from Trichomoniasis.
If you have noticed an odd, fishy vaginal smell, go to the doctor so that they can determine why. It may be a simple issue, or it may be serious, therefore it is imperative that you find out as soon as possible.
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