What Can Cause Fishy Vaginal Smell?
A lot of things can cause your vagina to have a fishy smell. Below are some of the most common reasons:
Women can get bacterial vaginosis (BV) after sexual intercourse, but please note that it’s not a sexually transmitted infection. Mainly, it is an imbalance in the vaginal flora that causes BV. Aside from the fishy odor, it also results in vaginal itching, and green, yellow, or grey discharge.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PID, which is a vaginal infection that has traveled up to the pelvic region (uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries), can also cause a fishy vaginal smell. Another warning sign of PID aside from fishy odor is bleeding during sexual intercourse and even deep pelvic pain during penetrative sex.
To answer the question, how can I get rid of this fishy odor?, you might need to get screened for STIs. This is because some sexually-transmitted infections, like trichomoniasis, can cause fishy vaginal odor. The other symptoms that “trich” might present with are painful urination, painful intercourse, and vaginal itching and soreness.
Reports say that conditions like excessive sweating, poor hygiene, and an unhealthy diet can also cause a fishy vaginal smell. You might even notice the strong odor right before or after your menstrual period.
If none of the reasons described above caused your fishy vaginal odor, it’s possible that you have Trimethylaminuria or “Fishy Odor Syndrome.”
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