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What causes vaginal discharge with bad odor?

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: I have alot of vaginal discharge and it smells no matter how many showers i take
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Some amount of discharge is normal, get a swab done to confirm.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
Basically, some amount of vaginal discharge is quite normal.
During certain phases of the menstrual cycle, particularly around ovulation and after it, the discharge increases in amount.
A certain kind of smell is also typical of vaginal discharge.
So you should not worry much about it.
If there is itching / redness or a foul smell to your discharge, then yes, you should be concerned.
You should consult a Gynecologist if you are very worried about the discharge, and get a vaginal swab and culture done.
That will rule out any possibility of an infection.
Please get that done.
All the best
Please feel free to discuss further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Aarti Abraham (5 minutes later)
I had a baby and when i was pregnant i got a couple yeast infections. It does have a foul smell and slight irritation.
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Sounds like a vaginal infection.

Detailed Answer:
Yes, it sounds like you are having a vaginal infection.
As I said, please go for a vaginal swab to confirm the nature of infection.
That will give a clear idea regarding further course of treatment.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes vaginal discharge with bad odor?

Brief Answer: Some amount of discharge is normal, get a swab done to confirm. Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for writing to us with your health concern. Basically, some amount of vaginal discharge is quite normal. During certain phases of the menstrual cycle, particularly around ovulation and after it, the discharge increases in amount. A certain kind of smell is also typical of vaginal discharge. So you should not worry much about it. If there is itching / redness or a foul smell to your discharge, then yes, you should be concerned. You should consult a Gynecologist if you are very worried about the discharge, and get a vaginal swab and culture done. That will rule out any possibility of an infection. Please get that done. All the best Please feel free to discuss further.