There is more than one of two of them. They all are different and are accompanied with diverse symptoms that go along with the smell. Yet, some specialists say that the sour smelling vaginal discharge is the normal excretion. Is it really so? Let’s read and learn.
- It’s All Natural!
In some cases it’s the natural scent of the body. Whenever a woman notices that it has a tendency to change throughout the month, it can be a vivid indicator of her menstrual cycle, nothing else. Relying on the odor changes some women can easily define when their period is about to start.
What does it mean? It means that the sour odor can be a quite normal condition as long as it’s not accompanied by any other health complications or symptoms that bring discomfort (itching, pain, redness, etc.). Still if you are curious or concerned, have questions to be asked, please contact your gynecologist and have a full check-up done to make things clear.
- Bacterial Vaginosis
BV is a vaginal infection that often occurs in women of different age, and especially in those over 40 years old. The condition is normally triggered by an enlarged number of bacteria in the woman’s vagina. When the number of bad bacteria prevails, there appears a smelly discharge. You have bacterial vaginosis only if the non-typical odor is accompanied by:
- burning sensation while urinating;
- unusual discharges (foamy, grey), especially after intercourse;
- itching around the vagina;
- sour smelling discharge from vagina.
There are certain groups of women, who are more prone to having BV. These are females, who:
- are America-African: the condition is twice as common in America-African females than in white ones;
- have multiple sex partners or have a new partner;
- don’t use dental dams;
- don’t use condoms;
- have an IUD – intrauterine device and irregular bleeding caused by it;
- are pregnant: today 1 in 4 pregnant females gets bacterial vaginosis due to hormonal changes.
The above-mentioned symptoms are similar to those that are normally experienced during the yeast infection. And as long as defining the problem on your own is pretty hard, you should better consult your doctor to be sure whether you have BV or not.
- Trichomoniasis Infection
It is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by small bacteria. The condition is more common in younger females than older ones, yet no one is protected. The usual signs that are noticed and experienced by a woman are:
- painful urination;
- vaginal irritation;
- vaginal itching;
- yellowish discharge with a strong sour odor;
- lower abdominal pain;
- discomfort during sex.
Normally, all symptoms appear during 5 or 28 days. When left untreated, the condition leads to inflammation that increases the risks of getting HIV.
- Yeast Infection (view offers for treatment)
Most women get surprised after they find out that yeast usually lives in the vagina in very small amounts. The vagina of a healthy woman has numerous bacteria that keep the surrounding under control and protect the reproductive system. When the number of fungus increases, the infection becomes a real problem for most women. The condition starts bothering and treatment is required. Yeast grows very quickly and leads to various symptoms and complications. Imbalance can be even caused by certain medications, hormone therapies and pregnancy, HIV infection and diabetes.
When there is yeast infection, any woman experiences soreness and itching in the vagina. Pain after intercourse and smelly vaginal discharge are typical as well. Women, who have already experienced the condition before, know how to act and what meds to use. Those, who’ve faced it for the first time, should seek medical help to recognize the symptoms and find appropriate treatment.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
When any kind of infection starts making its way to the uterus, ovaries and the fallopian tubes, there occurs PID – pelvic inflammatory disease. When the first stages of any infection are left untreated, PID always takes its place and starts developing. Some of common infections that lead to the condition are gonorrhea and chlamydia. When discharge smells like sour milk, it may be the sign of pelvic inflammatory disease. Some of the other symptoms that usually go along are:
- menstruation changes;
- lower abdominal pain;
- pelvic pain;
- bleeding that isn’t associated with the period;
- pain while urinating;
- pain during sexual intercourse;
- pain when moving.
If PID isn’t treated, the infection automatically spreads to the abdominal cavity and damages the reproductive organs. The severest result that can occur is infertility.
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Smelly discharge can be one of the signs of sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea and genital herpes. Vaginal odor also often appears due to LGV which is also the Lympho granuloma venereum OR simply a form of chlamydia infection. Aside from causing an unpleasant odor, it also triggers sores on genitalia.
Why does a smelly discharge occur? It is a usual way for the body to protect itself from infection. The defense can be weak against HIV and AIDS, yet it becomes a vivid sign that something is going wrong and immediate medical check-up is required.
As you see, reasons of sour smelling vaginal discharge are versatile, yet neither of them is simple or safe. When any changes are rapid and unexpected, the discharge is unusual and bothersome, it’s better to have a professional consultation rather than sit and wonder whether you’re healthy or not.
Sour Smelling Discharge Treatment: the 3-Stage Course
When the vaginal discharge smells sour, discomfort and embarrassment is what every woman suffers from. The chances to cope with the condition quickly are always very high, but using home remedies or medications only isn’t a professional way out. This is why along with many specialists we suggest creating your own special treatment course that consists of three stages:
- daily care;
- homemade remedies.
A wise combination helps eliminate the odor within 1 week. In 2-3 days the smell will become weaker, but it doesn’t mean you must stop trying to eliminate it for good.
High quality daily care is important! There are several things that we insist on doing. To start with, when you experiences sour smelling discharge, choose only cotton panties for a daily use. Why them? They allow the vagina to breathe, avoid excessive sweating, the build-up of bacteria and the unpleasant smell as well. The underwear must be changed daily. Along with it, give preference to loose-fitting clothes that also never contribute to the build-up of sweat.
Though wearing appropriate clothes is important, a woman mustn’t forget to keep her vagina clean and avoid any infections that can contribute both to odor and serious health conditions. Wash each day, use mild soaps to clean labia and the inner folds. If you prefer douching, use a hand-held shower. Douching always increases the vaginal infection risks.
Never refuse from homemade remedies! Many women tend to underestimate them. And that’s the wrong step to be taken. It is true that most homemade solutions are very slow, yet they are careful, mild and promise long-lasting results. Besides, they are always affordable. What else does a woman need? Here are some popular ones:
- eat more yoghurt every day! It is better to give way to unflavored and organic yoghurt that contains no sugar and provides your body with a great amount of lactobacillus that work restoring the natural pH levels of the vagina. Yoghurt is known for preventing the occurrence of dangerous yeast infection and many other types of infection in the vaginal region;
- use apple cider vinegar. There are many homemade solutions that have ACV as their main ingredient. Why ACV? The answer is as simple as that: it is able to restore the proper acidity levels and improve regional flora. When used regularly, it reduces any types of risks. Just add a cup of it to your bath water and sit in it for 20 minutes;
- insert garlic. It may sound a bit strange, and it really does, however, garlic is a very powerful natural antibiotic. When inserted for several hours it eliminates the smelly vaginal discharge.
Buy effective meds! They take the final position in the list, yet this fact doesn’t make them less effective. Certain medications help cope with the smelly excretions for good during a limited time frame. When bacterial vaginosis is the reason of the odor, doctors prescribe clindamycin, metronidazole or tinidazole that are either taken orally or are inserted. When the condition is caused by trichomoniasis, antiprotozoals are regarded as helpful in managing the condition. Women with gonorrhea take antibiotics like Suprax, Rocephin or Doryx.
The first two stages require no prescription. They are optional and are always safe. When it comes to the third one, it can’t be effective without professional consultations and prescription. When you experience sour smelling vaginal discharge and the odor is getting more persistent, consult with your gynecologist immediately!