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What causes awful smell of vagina?

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Posted on Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Question: Hello Doctor,
I have a problem. Very embarrassing to say the least. My vagina has an odor. Like a really stinky one. Ive had tests no STD's or infections. I clean well. But the smell will not go away?

Please help
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
IF SWAB AND CULTURE IS NEGATIVE, DO NOT WORRY

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.

BV - bacterial vaginosis - is the only condition that causes a characteristic vaginal odour.
Have you been tested for it ?
Have a vaginal swab and culture done .
Other than that, if your infection screen is clear, then do not worry.

Do not use medicated or perfumed gels, soaps, douches, cleansers etc.
Just clean the vagina with lukewarm water and XXXXXXX dry.
Change undergarments frequently.
Wash thoroughly from front to back after using the washroom every time.
Use local Neosporin powder for keeping the area clean and dry.
Normal vaginal odour is also fishy , so maybe that is what is troubling you.
Get your partner also screened for STDs.

All the best
Please feel free to discuss further.
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Brief Answer: IF SWAB AND CULTURE IS NEGATIVE, DO NOT WORRY Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for writing to us with your health concern. BV - bacterial vaginosis - is the only condition that causes a characteristic vaginal odour. Have you been tested for it ? Have a vaginal swab and culture done . Other than that, if your infection screen is clear, then do not worry. Do not use medicated or perfumed gels, soaps, douches, cleansers etc. Just clean the vagina with lukewarm water and XXXXXXX dry. Change undergarments frequently. Wash thoroughly from front to back after using the washroom every time. Use local Neosporin powder for keeping the area clean and dry. Normal vaginal odour is also fishy , so maybe that is what is troubling you. Get your partner also screened for STDs. All the best Please feel free to discuss further.