Vaginal Odor

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Vaginal odor is typically from inflammation of the vaginal area. Inflammation of the vaginal area can occur because of poor hygiene but is often a result of infection in or around the vagina. A common infection that can cause vaginal odor is overgrowth of the normal vaginal bacteria to cause bacterial vaginosis. The sexually transmitted disease trichinosis can cause vaginal odor. Uncommon causes of vaginal odor include cancers and an abnormal passageway between the rectum and vagina (rectovaginal fistula).

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

Causes of Vaginal Odor
    • Bacterial Vaginosis Bacterial vaginosis is an imbalance or overgrowth of certain types of bacteria within the vagina. Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis...learn more »
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      Bacterial Vaginosis Article
      • What is bacterial vaginosis?
      • What is the cause of bacterial vaginosis?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
      • What are the complications of bacterial vaginosis?
      • How is bacterial vaginosis diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for bacterial vaginosis?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) for bacterial vaginosis?
      • Can bacterial vaginosis be prevented?
    • Chlamydia in Women Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. Signs and symptoms of chlamydia, a bacterial infection,...learn more »
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      Chlamydia in Women Article
      • What is chlamydia?
      • What causes chlamydia?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of chlamydia?
      • How is chlamydia diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for chlamydia?
      • What is the prognosis for chlamydia?
      • Can chlamydia be prevented?
    • Genital Herpes in Women Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Symptoms of genital herpes...learn more »
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      Genital Herpes in Women Article
      • Genital herpes in women facts
      • What is genital herpes?
      • What causes genital herpes?
      • How is genital herpes transmitted?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of genital herpes?
      • How is genital herpes diagnosed?
      • Can genital herpes be cured?
      • What is the treatment for genital herpes?
      • Are home remedies or natural treatments effective for genital herpes?
      • How is genital herpes managed in pregnancy?
      • What is the prognosis for genital herpes?
      • Can genital herpes be prevented?
    • Gonorrhea In Women Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection transmitted during sexual contact. In women, symptoms include a yellow vaginal discharge,...learn more »
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      Gonorrhea In Women Article
      • Gonorrhea facts
      • What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
      • What is gonorrhea?
      • What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?
      • How is gonorrhea diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for gonorrhea?
    • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is the most common and serious complication of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), aside from...learn more »
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      Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Article
      • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) facts*
      • What is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)?
      • What causes pelvic inflammatory disease?
      • How common is pelvic inflammatory disease?
      • Are some women more likely to get pelvic inflammatory disease?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease?
      • How is pelvic inflammatory disease diagnosed?
      • How is pelvic inflammatory disease treated?
      • What if my partner is infected with pelvic inflammatory disease?
      • My friend was told she can't get pregnant because she has PID. Is this true?
      • How can I keep myself from getting PID?
      • What should I do if I think I have an STI (sexually transmitted disease)?
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Women (STDs) Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are infections that are transmitted during any type of sexual exposure, including...learn more »
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      Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Women (STDs) Article
      • What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
      • Gonorrhea
      • Chlamydia
      • Syphilis
      • Genital Herpes
      • Human Papillomaviruses (HPVs) and Genital Warts
      • Chancroid
      • Ectoparasitic Infections
      • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
      • Hepatitis B
      • Hepatitis C
      • Conclusions
    • Syphilis in Women Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a spiral-shaped type of bacteria known as a spirochete. There are...learn more »
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      Syphilis in Women Article
      • What is syphilis?
      • What causes syphillis?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of syphilis?
      • What tests are used to diagnose syphilis?
      • What is the treatment for syphilis?
      • What are the potential complications of syphilis?
      • What is the prognosis for syphilis?
      • Can syphilis be prevented?
    • Trichomoniasis (Vaginal Infection) Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a parasite passed from person to person. Trichomoniasis can be...learn more »
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      Trichomoniasis (Vaginal Infection) Article
      • Trichomoniasis facts*
      • What is trichomoniasis and how do you get it?
      • What are the symptoms of trichomoniasis?
      • Is there a test for trichomoniasis?
      • How is trichomoniasis treated?
      • What happens if I don't get treated?
      • Should I tell my partner if I have trichomoniasis?
      • Does trichomoniasis cause problems during pregnancy?
      • How is trichomoniasis prevented?
    • Vaginitis Vaginitis refers to inflammation of the vagina. Vaginitis can be caused by infections, menopause, or poor hygiene. Symptoms of...learn more »
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      Vaginitis Article
      • Vaginitis facts
      • What is vaginitis?
      • What causes vaginitis?
      • What are the risk factors for vaginitis?
      • What are the symptoms of vaginitis?
      • How is vaginitis diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for vaginitis?
      • Medications to treat vaginitis
      • Can vaginitis be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis for vaginitis?
    • Yeast Infection (in Women and Men) Vaginal yeast infections in women are caused by an organism called Candida albicans. Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection...learn more »
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      Yeast Infection (in Women and Men) Article
      • Vaginal yeast infection facts
      • What is a vaginal yeast infection?
      • What causes a vaginal yeast infection?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?
      • How is a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed?
      • Are there home remedies to treat a vaginal yeast infection?
      • What over-the-counter medications are available to treat a vaginal yeast infection?
      • When are oral prescription medications used to treat a vaginal yeast infection?
      • Can a man get a yeast infection from his sexual partner?
      • What are the symptoms of a yeast infection in men?
      • What is the treatment for yeast infection in men?
      • How can vaginal yeast infections be prevented?
      • How can a man protect himself from contracting a yeast infection from his sexual partner?
Other Causes of Vaginal Odor
  • Infection (Bacterial)
  • Ulcers From Infection (Chancroid, Lymphogranuloma Venereum/LGV)
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