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ask: Why do I still have a strong scent and discharge down there.....

By ennairb
 
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I need some serious help !! I've been with the same guy for almost two years and I've been checked for stds, got Pap tests and got checked for bladder infections but it's all clean and I still have a very strong scent and a light discharge to a heavy discharge daily... I have changed my diet from eating a variety of foods to a meal plan with no dairy, breads, or condiments ... Lots of rice , chicken, fish etc... As well I am working out daily... Is there anything I am missing or can do... My boy friend keeps noticing a scent as well as I do ... Help please!!

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ennairb

Thank you so much! I am going to go get checked tomorrow! This test is not done the same as a blatter infection is it? I hope it is this simple.. I hope if it is something like that that it will not do to much damage as i have had this for quite some time... :(

February 13, 2013 - 2:42am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to ennairb)

Hello ennairb,
Glad that you will be checked tomorrow. The tests are different. A bladder infection is detected by a urine culture, while bacterial vaginosis is detected by examining a sample of vaginal discharge.

Good Luck,

Maryann

February 13, 2013 - 6:30pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello ennairb,

This must be very distressing. Has your gynecologist offered any advice, possible diagnosis or treatment options?

I understand, from what you have mentioned, that you have been tested for STDs, had a pelvic exam with a Pap smear and been checked for a possible bladder infection.

Has your physician mentioned bacterial vaginosis as a possible cause?
Bacterial vaginosis is the most common type of vaginal infection. There is an overgrowth of bacteria and the delicate balance of the vaginal environment is upset when these bacteria occur in increased amounts.

The most common symptom is a smelly vaginal discharge. It may look grayish white or yellow. A fishy smell is another symptom. The odor can become worse after sex.

Doctors diagnose this infection by asking about the symptoms, doing a pelvic exam, and taking a sample of the vaginal discharge. The sample is sent to a lab for testing.

Bacterial vaginosis is treatable with antibiotics.

I hope this helps.

Maryann

February 12, 2013 - 5:55pm
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