Dis­charge is so em­bar­rass­ing

Woman (UK) - - From The Surgery -

Q Lately, I’ve been get­ting a wa­tery dis­charge. It isn’t itchy but it smells ter­ri­bly of fish. I’m start­ing to worry other peo­ple can smell it too. A Bac­te­rial vagi­nosis (BV) is a con­di­tion where there’s an over­growth of bac­te­ria in the vagina as­so­ci­ated with a change in the vagi­nal acid­ity. It can cause a thin, wa­tery dis­charge which can be white/grey and smell of fish, of­ten more so af­ter sex, but as you de­scribe, it isn’t sore or itchy.

It’s not a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­ease, but your doc­tor or your lo­cal sex­ual health clinic will be able to di­ag­nose and treat the con­di­tion with a course of oral an­tibi­otics or gels or creams in­serted into the vagina. Avoid us­ing bub­ble baths, per­fumed soaps and vagi­nal de­odor­ants or pow­ders to try to pre­vent the in­fec­tion.

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