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Uncomfortable unknown odor

Hello!

I have an issue, since i had my daughter (3yago) i have been very uncomfortable with vaginal smelly discharges, sometimes itchy, greenish or yellow.
I have spoken to local Gp Nurse and swabs where taken to analise, it come out clean, nothing was detected, or no treatment given.
I do still have the same problem, it seems to come and go.

Also noticed if in case of intercourse brownish discharge appears short time after, and unexpected bleeding occurs, i still have my menstruation but this bleeding happens few times a month
(i was told implanon can cause the irregular bleeding in the first 6 months, took some pill subscribed by nurse to control, and still happens).

i have no idea what this could be, or what could be causing it. The odor becomes very strong and unpleasant, becomes hard to be near myself and around others because im uncomfortable, as i can smell it myself.

Have try intimate washing products such as Vagisil and Vagisil wipes/deodorant regularly but its not working, it does the job for few hours when i have the smelly discharges.

Please help!

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    Hello,
    Welcome to the forum. I can understand your concern regarding such symptoms. Such greenish, itchy and foul smelling vaginal discharge can be due to trichomoniasis. It is caused by a protozoan (a kind of parasite) called Trichomonas vaginalis. This parasite is transmitted during sex.) The characteristic symptom of trichomoniasis infection is a heavy, frothy, yellow-green, fishy-smelling discharge from the vagina. The infection can also cause discomfort during sex, vaginal itching, pain when passing urine and occasionally stomach pains. It is diagnosed by pelvic examination, swabs of the discharge and their culture sensitivity. Treatment is by metronidazole (oral and pessaries). The other possibility is of bacterial vaginosis which is caused by a change in the type of bacteria found in the vagina. The exact cause for the change in type of bacteria is still not known, but it is can be due to IUD’s, multiple sex partners or having intercourse with a new partner. In addition to unpleasant “fishy” vaginal odor, thin white or yellowish discharge from vagina may also be present. Diagnosis can be confirmed after pelvic examination and microscopic examination of the vaginal discharge. Treatment is by metronidazole and clindamycin. Regarding the bleeding after intercourse, so definitely this also needs to be evaluated because it is not a common finding. It can be due to post coital bleeding. Trichominasis infection is commonly associated with post coital bleeding and hence needs to be investigated thoroughly. The other causes are cervicitis, cervical dysplasia, cervical polyps, fibroids, benign or malignant growths in the reproductive organs and endometriosis. You need to get done a pelvic examination, per speculum examination and ultrasound lower abdomen done. Please do consult a gynecologist for the same. My sincere advice is to consult a gynecologist and get all these possibilities evaluated because treatment is diagnosis specific. I hope it helps. Take care and please do keep us posted in case you have any additional doubts. Kind regards.

    Answered on May 11, 2014.
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    Hi!
    Yes, I agree with Dr Bhupinder that trichomoniasis is a possibility. There are many causes of smelly vaginal discharge such as trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis and foreign body in vagina. Since this has started after delivery, please have your gynecologist examine you to see if there is a foreign body in vagina (like a swab) and have an abdominal ultrasound done. Also it would be wise to repeat the STD panel. If it is bacterial vaginosis, then swab tests will be negative. Get a culture sensitivity of vaginal discharge to know what organism is causing it and what antibiotics will act on it. Any of the above mentioned causes can also be a cause for bleeding after sex. Hence you need to discuss this with your gynecologist and get the tests and examination done. Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!

    Answered on May 11, 2014.
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