Read below about vulvovaginal odor, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your vulvovaginal odor from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

This symptom can also be referred to as:
Bad smell from vagina

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2 Potential Vulvovaginal Odor Causes

  1. 1.Bacterial Vaginosis

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection caused when too much of certain bacteria change the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina. BV is not a sexually transmitted infection and is not caused by poor hygiene (in fact, excessive washing of the vagina may increase the risk). Its symptoms are usually mild, consisting primarily of a white-gray vaginal discharge that has a fishy smell.

    5-7 days antibiotic treatment. May resolve on its own.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal odor, bloody vaginal discharge, white/gray vaginal discharge, thick vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Vaginal Trichomonas Infection

    Trichomonas vaginalis infection (or "Trichomoniasis" or "trich") is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite of the same name. It affects over 3 million people per year, but only about 30% have any symptoms.

    Treatment leads to a 100% cure rate in 7-14 days

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vulvovaginal odor, vaginal itch or burning, vaginal bleeding, white/gray vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with vaginal trichomonas infection:
    vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that never occur with vaginal trichomonas infection:
    vaginal ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Vulvovaginal Odor

  • Q.When was your last menstrual period?
  • Q.Are you sexually active?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you have sexual intercourse?

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Vulvovaginal Odor Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced vulvovaginal odor have also experienced:

    • 27% Vaginal Discharge
    • 16% Foul - Smelling Vaginal Odor
    • 9% Yellow Pus Vaginal Discharge
  • People who have experienced vulvovaginal odor were most often matched with:

    • 24% Vaginal Trichomonas Infection
    • 8% Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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