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Topic Tuesday: My vaginal discharge has smelled like vinegar for a while – what does that mean?

It is unfortunately impossible for us to tell you exactly what is wrong (if anything) without examining you, so we recommend making an appointment for an exam, and infection screening as soon as possible.

Changes in the smell of your vaginal discharge is potentially normal, but it also might be a sign of an infection. Discharge is needed for the vagina to flush out bacteria and maintain the correct Ph balance, and like other body fluids, (like urine or sweat) the odor can change based on what you eat or drink. Typically if that is the cause, it would be temporary, and not a consistent smell for a long period of time.

A healthy vaginal discharge is usually odorless, can be clear or white in color and is usually a little thick or even sticky. The consistency of your discharge can also change throughout your monthly cycle or right before or after your period due to hormonal changes during the month.

Foul smelling vaginal discharge can be an indication that you have an infection, especially if it is accompanied by itching, discomfort, burning or pain when you urinate, or pain during intercourse. Abnormal vaginal discharge is a possible symptom of yeast infections, some STDs, and Bacterial Vaginosis.

Signs of infection include:
• Foul or fishy smelling discharge
• Green or yellow discharge
• Clumpy white discharge sometimes like “cottage cheese”
• Lack of discharge / a dry
and raw feeling

It is possible you have an infection, and do not have any itching, discomfort or other symptoms, so it is imperative that you come in for an exam and STD / vaginal infection test. Left untreated, some infections and STDs can cause further health problems including infertility. The best thing you can do if you think you may have an infection is make an appointment right away. Call (877) 883.7264 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

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