Vaginal odor that’s strong and noticeable may be a sign of an infection or other problem. If you feel that you need to cover up the odor, you may have a vaginal infection that needs immediate treatment from the experienced women’s health team at Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN. They offer convenient testing for vaginal infections at their two locations in Duluth and Dunwoody, Georgia. Call the practice today or request your appointment online.
Normal discharge is typically clear or white. Although a certain amount of vaginal odor is to be expected, discharge shouldn’t have a strong odor.
On the other hand, when discharge is abnormal, it may have a different:
If you've noticed an odor, Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN advises against attempting to mask it with douches, sprays, or deodorants. Using these products may make your condition worse.
A good form of bacteria is naturally present in your vagina. These bacteria produce a helpful substance that keeps your vagina slightly acidic to safeguard it from harmful, disease-causing microorganisms.
However, sometimes an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast disrupts this natural balance, leading to a vaginal infection. Two of the most common vaginal infections are yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.
An overgrowth of yeast leads to a yeast infection. Using spermicides or lubricants or taking antibiotics, which destroy the “good” vaginal bacteria, may cause a yeast infection. Pregnancy may also result in a yeast infection.
If you have a yeast infection, you’ll generally experience burning and itching in your vulva, the outer part of your genitals. Contact Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN if you’re experiencing these symptoms.
Bacterial vaginosis, a common infection, results from an overgrowth of the bacteria that usually live in your vagina. The main sign of this infection is a more significant amount of discharge with a strong odor that’s typically described as “fishy.”
The doctors at Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN are board-certified gynecologists who expertly diagnose your infection. They recommend a pelvic exam to look inside your vagina for inflammation and to collect a sample of discharge for lab testing. A lab test confirms the type of vaginal infection you have.
Your doctor sometimes also tests your vaginal pH. An elevated pH may be a sign of bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis, a common sexually transmitted disease.
Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN recommends the appropriate treatment based on your type of vaginal infection. Yeast infections are typically treated with oral or vaginal anti-yeast medication. Bacterial vaginosis is treated with oral or vaginal antibiotics.
If you’re experiencing chronic vaginal infections, your doctor recommends lifestyle modifications to prevent a recurrence, such as changing your diet, taking vitamins, avoiding douches and antiseptic bath products, and abstaining from sexual activity until your infection is gone.
Get the expert care you deserve today. Call one of the offices or request a consultation online with a member of the experienced women’s health team at Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN.