WHY DO I HAVE A SMELLY DISCHARGE?
Normal vaginal discharge is odorless or mild smelling. Mixing with urine or blood from your period can change the smell of your discharge, but this is completely normal.
Smelly discharge may indicate an infection or another underlying health issue.
Below are some causes of smelly discharge:
- Thin and white discharge with a strong fishy odor may indicate bacterial vaginosis.
- Yellow or greenish discharge with an unpleasant odor might indicate trichomoniasis
- The menstrual cycle can sometimes cause the vagina to have a slightly metallic scent for a few days.
- Sex can also temporarily change the smell of your discharge.
If you’ve noticed a change in color, odor, or consistency, or have other symptoms such as burning, smelly, itching, and pain, make an appointment with your health care provider right away.