Q: Hello Dr ketch! Please, is vaginal odor common with every female? If not, please help with the cure because it’s really irritating! Please, help ASAP! Because I really want to retain my faithfulness! But the odor is trying to break me!!…. Thank you.
A: Yes some degree of vaginal odour is common with all women. In the same way, some degree of discharge is also normal as the glands in the vagina and cervix produce fluid which wash away dry, dead cells and flush out bacteria. A strong vaginal odour which appears different from normal especially when associated with other symptoms like a burning sensation, itching, discharge etc may be suggestive of a problem…some more easily solved than others.
Poor vaginal hygiene. This can be easily remedied by washing daily with unscented or mildly scented soap and loads of water, not douching, cleaning from the front to the back etc. Vaginal odour may also be more pronounced during a menstrual period and after sexual intercourse. And so, more frequent baths (as much as practicable) during and/or before these periods may be helpful. Frequent change of sanitary towels and tampons are also helpful measures. Forgotten tampons are actually a cause of vaginal odour.
(For more on vaginal hygiene, please click on the links below: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/04/02/daily-health-tips-should-i-wash-my-intimates-with-disnfectant/
A fishy smell associated with vaginal discharge is suggestive of overgrowth of the vagina by bacteria (bacterial vaginosis). This may be caused by over use of antibiotics or douching.
(For more on douching, please clock on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/09/30/daily-health-tips-what-is-douching/)
Yellow or greenish or frothy discharge with a bad smell with pain and itching while urinating is suggestive of trichomoniasis infection (a sexually transmitted infection)
Some cancers like cervical or vaginal cancer may also cause vaginal odour.
What’s the remedy? Well, if it’s due to lack of vaginal hygiene, that’s easily solved as noted above. If there are other associated symptoms which may suggest other problems, than a proper diagnosis needs to be made so that adequate treatment can be given.
In the meantime, vaginal hygiene is a good place to start. Nicely suggest taking a nice leisurely bath before sexual intercourse, give broad hints about things you read in places that may be useful to her…be sure to also suggest some for yourself too, so that she doesn’t feel you’re picking on her. How this is communicated is key as offence may be taken, not necessarily because of what was said but because of how it was said. So, the right words are important 😀
I hope this helps.
Have a good night, y’all 😀