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My problem is that my vagina smells. Not so so much, but it

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My problem is that my vagina smells. Not so so much, but it does. There is no white discharge. My hygiene is good. Also I have vaginal shower, with tablet that comes with it, I use special vaginal wash… SO I don't know what it could be.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 4 years ago.

Mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Mysticdoc :

Hello,

Mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

Mysticdoc :

Too much washing, can cause excess growth of the normal vaginal bacteria ironically.

Mysticdoc :

This is known as bacterial vaginosis.

Mysticdoc :

The change in pH is the culprit.

Mysticdoc :

The treatment is with an antibiotic called metronidazole.

Mysticdoc :

Metronidazole vaginal cream can be use daily for 7 days .

Mysticdoc :

This should treat the problem effectively.

Mysticdoc :

Avoid too much douching.

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

Is it the only antibiotic that can be used?

Mysticdoc :

Consume yogurt daily to maintain the pH balance.

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

how often should I douch

Mysticdoc :

this is the most common one.

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

?

Mysticdoc :

There is another one called tinidazole.

Mysticdoc :

You should not douche more than 3 times a week.

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

Possible to cause lip infection to my partner?

Mysticdoc :

unlikely

Mysticdoc :

this can be just coincidence.

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

ohh

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

but he sais its not the first time happens to him after being with me, however he mentioned it for the first time

Mysticdoc :

ok

Mysticdoc :

that is not related.

Mysticdoc :

He may have cold sores which can recur time to time.

Mysticdoc :

After you get the treatment, this should not be seen on him if related.

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

is that the only antibiotics I can use?

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

coz i have a lot at home

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

but I'm scared to take

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

because i don't remember what i got it for

Mysticdoc :

That is the only one that works.

Mysticdoc :

Clindamycin is another alternative.

Mysticdoc :

this comes from the excess douching

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

can I get that without prescription?

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

Doktor, I do not douch more than 3 times a week

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

it might be not the reason than

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

I touch maybe once or twice

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

/week

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

douch I mean

Mysticdoc :

sometimes, this can be excessive as well --however, the infection can occur still.

Mysticdoc :

Metronidazole or clindamycin requires prescription ( any antibiotic in fact).

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

ok

JACUSTOMER-e4tj97nh- :

can i get prescription here, or shall I go to a doctor?

Expert:  Dr Owen replied 4 years ago.
Hello
This was switched to an ob/gyn question - the previous doctor can no longer answer you right now...

You will need a prescription for the Metronidazole (also known as Flagyl) or Cleocin (clindamycin)

Also, I would suggest that you use a Probiotic that contains Lactobaccillis acidophilus - as this would help too.

So, you would use the antibiotic for 7 days, but the Probiotic you would keep using daily - as this would keep your pH of your vagina in a Neutral range for the vagina and hence prevent this from re-occurring

I hope this helps
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