“Fishy” feminine odors are often associated with bacterial infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis (“BV”), a common infection which is not passed sexually. An unpleasant fishy odor can become an embarrassing problem and can interfere with intimacy.
Women may worry that it is a hygiene problem and try to shower more frequently and rinse out their vagina. Often, this just makes it worse, because all the cleaning can destroy the normal or “good”bacteria. The result, after perhaps some temporary odor relief, the odor often rebounds back, over and over, causing fear and frustration.
It is important to note that vaginal odors may change normally during the course of a month and the course of one’s life. Most women have a sense of what is “normal” for them between and during menstruation, after sex, after physical activity, etc. A change from the norm by itself may not necessarily indicate infection, but the best course of action is a visit to the OB/Gyn, especially if the odor change is accompanied by other symptoms.