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Whats that smell

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  • Posted By: I really did wash
  • May 14, 2008
  • 11:14 PM

I have had numerous paps/exams to determine the foul smell coming from my vagina. They put me on medication and tell me that my husband doesnt have to be treated, that it is not VD and that it's an "Bacterial Infection". It seems to be there more than it's not. It seems like Iv'e tried everything, but no luck. Sometimes it bothers me so bad mentally that it consumes my every thought. It's not itchy or painfull. It just smells. Sometimes it smells like my soap and fish combined. The smell bothers me during sex and don't really care to have sex because of it. My husband thinks that i don't want to have sex because of him, when he doesnt realize that the smell turns ME off.Please help me!!!!!!!!!

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  • I think you need to find a doctor who has the logic to know to put both of you on an antibiotic at the same time.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • It could be your husband, I was married to a man who was not circumsized, and i noticed a day or two after sex i would have that same smell you described. It could be he's not cleaning himself correctly,even if he is or isn't circumsized, try having him wash his penis before sex. After my divorce, I started dating my current bf who is circumsized and i haven't had the odor problem. It might not be the reason why you're experiencing the odor, but It couldn't hurt having your husband wash himself before sex.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 5, 2008
    • 08:40 AM
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  • Hey, sorry about your problem. Not to be nosey, but do you douche? Because you should NOT. I read that douching can increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis as well as yeast infections. The following site mentions douching is not a good idea when it comes to bv. http://www.cdc.gov/STD/BV/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis.htm By the way, while the link says STDFact, some women who have never had sexual intercourse get bv. According to the next link smoking also ups the risk factor: http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/tc/bacterial-vaginosis-what-increases-your-risk Also, while I have read it is not customary to treat male partners, I find this bizzare. Some say it is not believed that men are carriers, but you know how medical science is. They are always saying one thing, then later saying, "Oh wait.....we were wrong. We just found out that blah, blah...." We are always increasing our knowledge, and I would not dismiss the possibility that men can carry it just yet. They said it was now thought that in some cases women might be able to pass it to other women during sexual activity, so IF one person could give it to another person, I think men could be carriers. However, it is also possible this is not the case. Whatever the cause is for your bv, treating the illness may not remove you from harm's way, thus the same cause may be giving you bv repeatedly. Unfortunately, they don't really know precisely what all causes this. I would discuss this concern with your gynecologist (that it keeps coming back), and stop douching if you are. Also, take all of the medicine they give you, even if the symptoms seem to go away before the meds are finished. Also, women have certain orgamisms in the vagina that try to maintain a certain ph balance. This keeps other destructive and unwanted organisms from taking over. Whent he ph is messed up we can get yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, so of course we want to maintain a good ph balance in there right? I know you said you are married, so there is a good chance you aren't using condoms, but some married people do use them (as birth control for example) and if you are, avoid the spermicide. It affects vaginal ph and yours is apparently not doing so well already. While the following site says one study showed women with yeast had as many of the healthy bacteria as normal women, I have read in other places that they do, I think. Either way, I have definitely read douching increases the risk of them and even the mayo clinic's website says things such as feminine deodorant and sprays don't cause yeast infections, BUT says they do increase your risk for getting them! So, it is healthiest to avoid such things, I think. Anyway, I mentioned the "following site" and I think you should check it out. It mentions how diff. birth control methods affect potential for getting bv. For instance it says, "The use of a copper IUD has been linked to increased BV in four studies." It also talks about how hormones may be related (may be a good idea to get your levels checked?). See here: http://blogs.webmd.com/womens-health/2008/06/vaginal-discharge-normal-or-not.html I hope this is accurate and has helped! Good luck on getting rid of this.
    Poppet 6 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 08:52 PM
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  • Hey, sorry about your problem. Not to be nosey, but do you douche? Because you should NOT. I read that douching can increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis as well as yeast infections. The following site mentions douching is not a good idea when it comes to bv. http://www.cdc.gov/STD/BV/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis.htm By the way, while the link says STDFact, some women who have never had sexual intercourse get bv. According to the next link smoking also ups the risk factor: http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/tc/bacterial-vaginosis-what-increases-your-risk Also, while I have read it is not customary to treat male partners, I find this bizzare. Some say it is not believed that men are carriers, but you know how medical science is. They are always saying one thing, then later saying, "Oh wait.....we were wrong. We just found out that blah, blah...." We are always increasing our knowledge, and I would not dismiss the possibility that men can carry it just yet. They said it was now thought that in some cases women might be able to pass it to other women during sexual activity, so IF one person could give it to another person, I think men could be carriers. However, it is also possible this is not the case. Whatever the cause is for your bv, treating the illness may not remove you from harm's way, thus the same cause may be giving you bv repeatedly. Unfortunately, they don't really know precisely what all causes this. I would discuss this concern with your gynecologist (that it keeps coming back), and stop douching if you are. Also, take all of the medicine they give you, even if the symptoms seem to go away before the meds are finished. Also, women have certain orgamisms in the vagina that try to maintain a certain ph balance. This keeps other destructive and unwanted organisms from taking over. Whent he ph is messed up we can get yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, so of course we want to maintain a good ph balance in there right? I know you said you are married, so there is a good chance you aren't using condoms, but some married people do use them (as birth control for example) and if you are, avoid the spermicide. It affects vaginal ph and yours is apparently not doing so well already. While the following site says one study showed women with yeast had as many of the healthy bacteria as normal women, I have read in other places that they do, I think. Either way, I have definitely read douching increases the risk of them and even the mayo clinic's website says things such as feminine deodorant and sprays don't cause yeast infections, BUT says they do increase your risk for getting them! So, it is healthiest to avoid such things, I think. Anyway, I mentioned the "following site" and I think you should check it out. It mentions how diff. birth control methods affect potential for getting bv. For instance it says, "The use of a copper IUD has been linked to increased BV in four studies." It also talks about how hormones may be related (may be a good idea to get your levels checked?). See here: http://blogs.webmd.com/womens-health/2008/06/vaginal-discharge-normal-or-not.html I hope this is accurate and has helped! Good luck on getting rid of this.ALSO, the use of anti-bacterial soaps, deodorant tampons, and other products used to "kill the smell" should NOT be used. These items tend to kill off good bacteria as well as the bad. This cause a woman to be much more capable of contracting bacterial vaginosis. Use very gentle soaps while washing, use a non-scented or non-deodorant tampons, also switch from tampons to pads every so often. I found this out through my doctor after finding I had bacterial vaginosis. Good luck. I wish you the best.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2008
    • 06:27 AM
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  • Most everything already said can contribute to this kind of odor. There is another thing you can test. If moisture, like some water gets the pubic hair damp, causes an immediate increase in odor, then part of the answer could be the hair and dead skin cells around the root. These dead cells tend to absorb fluids that get smelly with bacteria or just aging and accumulating. A very effective thing you can do is to shave. Do not leave a "landing strip" as clump of hair around the clitori as this is where the problem is. Make sure that you get rid of all the hair around the base of the clitoris and inside the labia. At the roots of the hair the dead cells can be all fused into one mass. Carefull work with an electric trimmer and razor can remove this mass of dead cells over a period of time and reduce the odor by over 90%. Also wash well, warm water all by itself can be enough, under the clitoral hood, and really clean out all debris. There can be a waxy feeling bunch of stuff that really smells (smegma). The hair absorbs some and then really smells. Also, after sex some guys fluids mix with the womans and really smell a lot, much more than either alone.Good luck.
    Freddd 3576 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
    • 01:53 AM
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  • hello, could i ask please did you see a doctor or a gynecologist and what were the things that you tried at home to help you. for instance were they feminine washes etc? I know a lot of people have this problem its not as rare as you may think.... does you urine also smell different at all? good luck hopefully it will be sorted out soon enough for you !
    STUDENTNURSEAIMEE 15 Replies
    • January 11, 2009
    • 04:13 PM
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  • http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/azhealthtopics/a/vagdouching.htm this link explains a LOT !!!! also it explains why washing your vigina too much could be the problem or part of the problem.... good luck :)
    STUDENTNURSEAIMEE 15 Replies
    • January 11, 2009
    • 04:16 PM
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