Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of that smelly vaginal symptom among women. The main symptom of bacterial vaginosis is an abnormal, foul-smelling or fish-like odor from your vaginal discharge, which may be accompanied by an itchy vagina.
Under normal circumstance, bacteria is always present in your vagina. Your symptoms are a sign of a change in the balance of this bacteria. When this imbalance occurs “bad” bacteria out numbers “good” or beneficial. Antibiotics are generally used to get your vaginal bacteria back into its appropriate balance.
Other symptoms besides your bacterial vaginosis smelly discharge may include:
- painful urination
- itches around the vagina
- thin vaginal discharge, usually white or gray
Health experts are not sure what role sexual activity plays in its development. However, you may increase your chances of getting bacterial vaginosis infection with a frequent change in sexual partners or having multiple sexual partners.
If your discharge is smelly or your vagina itches ask your health care provider to check out your vaginal fluid and get that odor conquered. Have no shame ~ it happens!