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vaginal discharge and ordor

By Anonymous January 15, 2016 - 12:51pm
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Hi good evening. Two months ago, i had sex with a new partner. i was fine before then,he slept with someone else when i travelled. we had sex when i returned but in less than two weeks i had my menses. It had a foul odor, i paid no attention though. I began having vaginal discharges with an abnormal smell after menses was gone. my partner and i had sex after 2 days and the whole place was artner and i had sex after 2 days and the whole place was smelly. very offensive scent from my vagina and it got worse after the sex. Then i realised i had an infection. I took amoksiklav and told my partner to take it. He said he did but he didn't .I had a relapse after an intercourse with him(that was the last time). So i got the same medicine again. But the discharge and scent came back after i completed the dose. Now im taking flagyl, the scent is gone but the discharge isn't. I'm scared the scent will come back as i take the final dose tonight

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Hi Anon,

Thank you sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

It's normal for a woman's vagina to have a slight smell, and it will vary through out the menstrual cycle. After sex those odors can be more pronounced. Normal sweating can cause vaginal odor. However, what your are describing is something a little more. Are experiencing any other symptoms like burning or itching?  

Potentially you could have Trichomoniasis which is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite. For women the symptoms sound similar to what you describe.  Trichomoniasis can cause a foul-smelling vaginal discharge, genital itching and painful urination. Men who have trichomoniasis typically have no symptoms.  Which may explain why your partner decided not to take the medication.

Another potential causes of abnormal vaginal odor is Bacterial vaginosis which is a type of vaginal inflammation that results from the overgrowth of one of several types of bacteria normally present in the vagina.

If you are under doctors care, give them an update on your progress.  If you have not been officially diagnosed, then make an appointment.  Also, consider using condoms moving forward, especially if you and your partner aren't going to be exclusive.  Not doing so will make your vulneralble to any sexual health issues he may have and those of the other partners he's engaging with.

I hope this help.

Be well,


January 15, 2016 - 1:57pm
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Anonymous (reply to S Gillette Palmer)

ok thank you. As it is, no pain or itching. Just the odor which is gone now and the discharge im still having.

January 15, 2016 - 2:26pm
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