Fishy Vaginal Odor/Bacterial Vaginosis
- Fishy vaginal odor is usually caused from inflammation of the vaginal area. This is almost always a result of infection in or around the vagina.The most common infection that causes this fishy vaginal odor is bacterial vaginosis.
Does this sound like you:
Musty or fishy odor
Vaginal itching and irritation
Vaginal odor is stronger after sex
White or gray vaginal discharge, often excessive
Many people will tell you, the only way to get rid of the odor anddischarge caused by BV is with antibiotics. We all know what antibioticsare going to do... cause a yeast infection. So why not try a natural product that is guaranteed to work and causes no other health problems.
Gardner Ella vaginitis. This is what this condition used to be called. It was named after the bacterium that was thought to cause the condition.
New research found that there are several different species of bacteria that live naturally in the vaginal area. Gardner Ella is not the only bacteria causing all the odor. The name of this condition has been changed to bacteria vaginosis to reflect these new findings.
When all the different species of bacteria become imbalanced, you will notice a vaginal discharge that is associated with a fishy odor.
Bacterial vaginosis is not a STD. It is not passed by sex. It is very embarrassing and disturbing but it is not dangerous. If you notice an unusual discharge, you should have it checked so you can rule out
chlamydia and gonorrhea which are serious infections.
Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are a foul, fishy odor and a grayish white discharge. The amount of the discharge varies so there is no amount that is considered "normal". There are no other symptoms. If you have a vaginal discharge that is abnormal for you, it is a good idea
to see a health practitioner to rule out all other conditions. Some women with bacterial vaginosis will experience no symptoms at all.
What causes bacterial vaginosis?
Current research has determined it is an imbalance of natural vaginal bacteria that causes bacterial vaginosis. The problem is it is not possible to determine when a bacterium is out of balance.
Consequently, locating the offending bacteria and eradicating it is not a solution.
How is Bacterial Vaginosis Diagnosed?
Generally, your doctor will perform a pelvic exam to rule out other, more serious, problems. A sample of the discharge will be collected to examine under a microscope. Bacterial vaginosis can be distinguished from other common problems, such as yeast, with this microscopic exam.
There is a particular test your doctor can perform called a "whiff test". A drop of potassium hydroxide testing solution is added to the discharge. The result is usually a strong fishy odor.
The most common treatment for bacterial vaginosis is antibiotics examples of which include - Yeasticide. Antibiotics like Yeasticide helps you fight the yeast or bacteria in your vagina to the barest minimum (see specs).
Yeastrol - an antibiotic / anti-yeast is also another really good Yeast fighting antibiotic and deserves a mention here.
Usually, one course of treatment is successful. A small percentage of women will experience recurrent symptoms within a month. Consequently, a second course of antibiotics will be prescribed It is also a good practice to use bacteria fighting, freshness inducing soaps for your vagina like this.
As women, we know that taking antibiotics to cure this problem will almost absolutely cause another problem, yeast infection. This is why more and more women are seeking natural, herbal remedies for this problem. With the antibiotics, you are trading one problem for another, more difficult, problem.
Are There Any Likely Complications From Bacterial Vaginosis?Once bacterial vaginosis is treated, the fishy odor problem is usually gone for good. No special follow-up is necessary if the symptoms disappear. The infection is not transmitted sexually so sexual partners need not be treated.
If you are pregnant, bacterial vaginosis can cause premature labor, premature birth, infection of the amniotic fluid, and infection of the uterus. You doctor will probably test for bacterial vaginosis early in your pregnancy. Any unusual discharge during pregnancy should be reported immediately to your doctor or mid-wife.
Good anti-bacterial soaps also helps you fight that Bacteria causing you discomfort and smelly vagina to be barest minimum. See some good ones here.