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Women's health

Embarrassing smell situation

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PeppaPigTill · 30/12/2020 09:24

Help!
This is embarrassing and I am definitely NOT a troll.

Ok so for a while now I have had a very strong fish smelling vagina. So bad that if I sit cross legged it smells incredibly strong. I wash down there regularly with 0% femfresh, and I've also tried plain water and also just leaving it to do its own thing. Nothing works it still smells the same. I've also tried using a canesten thrush pessary and that did precisely bugger all so its not thrush I don't think. Its also sometimes itchy but the main issue is smell.

I've recently been to the doctors who actually checked down there and really wasn't interested and just said to watch what clothes I'm wearing. No advice on if it was BV at all or something different!

What can I do about this? Its incredibly embarrassing. Should I go back to the doctors and push it further?

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MrsMiaWallis · 30/12/2020 09:26

I think you can buy something to treat bv? Definitely go back if not!

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MrsMiaWallis · 30/12/2020 09:27

Yes, you can order from amazon. Why not try that first?

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uhohbrusselsprouts · 30/12/2020 09:27

It's probably BV. Femfresh is known is known to trigger it. Happened to me - stopped using femfresh about -3 years ago and not had it since.

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uhohbrusselsprouts · 30/12/2020 09:28

13 years ago, sorry.

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CatVsChristmasTree · 30/12/2020 09:29

Try sexual health clinic (they're all still open, phone appt first) they may do a swab. Or back to GP and ask for swab (not sure why they didn't do that?) to check for BV and/or STIs.

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sandgrown · 30/12/2020 09:30

How old are you ? If a bit older, when oestrogen drops and the vagina becomes drier (despite a discharge) it can smell . You would need to see your doctor again

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pooopypants · 30/12/2020 09:31

Definitely sounds like BV - I had swabs which diagnosed mine. I think you can buy BV tests now but you could try your GP or GUM clinic

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Ostryga · 30/12/2020 09:32

BV. You can get a gel to insert from amazon - works a charm.

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FestiveStuffing · 30/12/2020 09:32

I found I was allergic to Femfresh. I now use child's farm baby wash without any issues, and would recommend that.

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ScatteredMama82 · 30/12/2020 09:33

I struggle with this on and off, and I have found it gets worse as I get older. (I'm 41). I find that a few nights using the Balance Activ pessary clears it up. I also use a gel called Multigyn after DTD with DH, and that helps too! I'm prone to thrush also - I think it's just my age!

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Celena86 · 30/12/2020 09:38

Sounds like bv. Stop using femfresh! When I had a 6month long thrush the nurse at the sexual health clinic said femfresh and anything like that actually makes thrush n be etc worse ! She advised on just water down there, I then changed my shower gel to sanex 0% which has no perfumes etc. I only wash my underwear in non bio too and did so for 60c until my thrush cleared up.
You can buy bv treatment at any pharmacy ...however if u do go to a sexual health clinic they may prescribe u antibiotics for it

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PeppaPigTill · 30/12/2020 11:42

Ok so possibly BV then. I will have a look online I didn't realise you could treat it yourself. If its not BV will it do me any harm to treat it?
I only use the femfresh 0% thats got no soap or perfume in it. Does that make a difference at all?
Also to a PP who asked I am 30, but this has been happening on and off for years. Worse since children though.

Right, off to amazon to see what I can find, thank you!

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HaroldMeeker · 30/12/2020 11:50

Definitely stop with the femfresh. I had loads of thrush problems till I went to plain water. I also recommend a warm water wash after using the loo, if you can. Buy a "portable bidet" bottle from amazon and wash yourself down, even after a pee. I then pat dry. It really, really helps me.

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pooopypants · 07/01/2021 16:46

Please PLEASE, for the love of God, DO NOT PUT PEARLS INSIDE YOUR VAGINA




Your vagina needs water - no soap, even 0‰ fragrance soap. It certainly doesn't need a detox!!




Fucking pearls. I've heard it all now.

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Chel098 · 07/01/2021 16:53

I wouldn’t go buying your own products OP. Already go to a GUM clinic for things like this and request a full examination. Clinics tests for thrush and BV and tell you before you leave if it’s that.


Femfresh doesn’t sound like it’s working for you.

The clinic once gave me aqueous cream to wash with.

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TopBants · 07/01/2021 18:05

@pooopypants

Please PLEASE, for the love of God, DO NOT PUT PEARLS INSIDE YOUR VAGINA

Your vagina needs water - no soap, even 0‰ fragrance soap. It certainly doesn't need a detox!!

Fucking pearls. I've heard it all now.

Your vagina (the internal bit) doesn't even need water. Douching is bad for you.
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CandleWick4 · 07/01/2021 18:12

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HedgieHog · 07/01/2021 18:15

I think you can get a Bv test kit at boots, think it’s made by caneston who also sell a treatment

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VictoriaSpongeBob · 07/01/2021 18:38

Definitely sounds like BV gp should prescribe antibiotics Met- something can't remember but definitely go back and make sure they give you the drugs.
I use simple 0% fragrance bars of soap and haven't had a flare up since

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ConfusedcomMum · 07/01/2021 18:45

Your vagina (the internal bit) doesn't even need water. Douching is bad for you.

I had to laugh at this. Most of the world's population use water to clean down there.

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CandleWick4 · 07/01/2021 18:57

@ConfusedcomMum

Your vagina (the internal bit) doesn't even need water. Douching is bad for you.

I had to laugh at this. Most of the world's population use water to clean down there.

Yes you use water to clean yourself but what she means is putting anything inside your vagina including douching and pearls 🙄 is not needed and alters the ph and can cause things like thrush.
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Suzi888 · 07/01/2021 19:09

Are you certain there is no forgotten tampon?

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Spudina · 08/01/2021 12:59

There a diagnostic kit you can get that will tell you whether it is thrush or BV based on the PH. I think Canneston make it. But it sound like BV. BV discharge is described as being grey. Seeing a GUM specialist I’d a good idea.

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OnlyTeaForMe · 08/01/2021 13:04

Is it all the time, or could it be linked to after you have eaten fish?
There is a condition where certain types of fish can result in a fish smell down there.

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