Odor originating from the Genital Area
a. Vaginal Fistula
A vaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the vagina and other organs, such as the urethra, bladder or rectum, leading to leakage of urine or feces into the vagina. A vaginal fistula could also be defined as a opening in the vagina that allows stool or urine to pass through the vagina. If you have a vaginal fistula you most likely have a foul-smelling discharge or gas coming from your vagina.
b. Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis or BV results from an imbalance of the vaginal flora (when there is an increase in harmful bacteria.) It creates a thin, fishy or foul-smelling, green or gray-white discharge. It sticks to the vaginal walls and can be removed. You may sometimes observe discharge, odor, pain, burning or itching.
c. Bladder Infection
Bladder infection, also recognized as a urinary tract infection or UTI, cystitis. This infection happens when bacteria get into the urinary tract and create tissue damage in the urethra, bladder, or kidneys. Urine that is cloudy, has a disagreeable smell, or has an uncommon strong smell can be signs of UTI.
Chancroid is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium, and distinguished by painful sores on the genitalia. Sores are encircled by a thin red border which becomes filled with pus and can rupture, leaving a painful open sore. If left unattended the chancroid bacteria infect the lymph glands in the groin. It creates a foul-smelling discharge and lesions in the genital area.
Endometritis is an inflammation and/ or irritation usually caused by infection of the inner lining of the uterus. A discharge, composed of serum and blood, and a foul odor can result from bacterial invasion of the endometrium.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacterial infection. The bacteria that cause gonorrhea can affect the genital tract, mouth or anus. Gonorrhea does not always cause symptoms. Some women experience a yellow or green, foul-smelling discharge that can be expressed from Bartholin’s or Skene’s ducts and the urethra.
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