Q: What’s with this fishy odor?
You describe some itching, an odor “like tuna,” and a creamy white discharge. This sounds really classic for bacterial vaginosis (BV), which causes vaginal discharge, irritation, and a “fishy” odor, especially noted after sex. This diagnosis is made with an exam and microscopic inspection of the discharge; it’s then treated with an antibiotic.
Please call your primary care provider or gynecologist, tell them you suspect BV, and get it checked out. BV is not a venereal disease, but an overgrowth of a bacteria that belongs in the vagina. At times the overgrowth can cause the symptoms you describe. It isn’t really harmful, but it is bothersome.
Best of luck!
Dr. Barb DePree, M.D., has been a gynecologist and women’s health provider for almost 30 years and a menopause care specialist for the past ten. Read more about and from her here.