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    An unusual metabolic condition which means you have difficulty breaking down and digesting certain compounds found in food which causes a pungeant fishy aroma. Read more →

    My vagina seems to smell bad even though I look after it. I only wash it with warm water, and have recently started using a feminine wash to balance the ph levels down there, as I have had Bacterial Vaginosis before and seem to be quite prone to getting it. But I still seem to smell down there and I get so self-conscious about it. It doesn't smell particularly bad, but it is just a very distinct smell and I worry that other people can smell it as well. When I touch my pants and smell my fingers afterwards, I can smell the smell. Is it possibly just the smell of the dried discharge? As I do get quite a lot of discharge throughout the day. Also, sometimes my pants are damp but it doesn't seem to be from the discharge (and it's definitely not wee). Please help!





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    I have the same problem! I am in 6th grade! Everytime I stay in my seat for a long period of time in any of my 1-8 classes everytime I leave it feels like my butt is wet! And I have a lot of discharge.. And period hasn't been coming for like 2-3 months! Idk what's up with me?!? Someone help us?

    I suffer from tonsilloliths, and sometimes post nasal drip, sometimes I just feel very congested but 'dry' inside my nose. In the last few years my sense of smell is very much reduced - presumably due to the congestion/ dry membranes etc. But, interestingly I do find that after I have a 'clear out' of the tonsilloliths my sense of smell temporarily improves! Is it my bodys way of trying to protect me from the vile smell? Or maybe once you smell a smell so often the detectors 'switch off' to it and then essentially can't smell others things either??! Weird isn't it? Please let me know your thoughts regarding loss of smell - the doctors are not interested. Even when I mention I may not be able to smell gas etc...





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    Hello, i too suffer 'tonsilloliths' or tonsil stones. I've been looking for a cure and although there doesn't seem to be much info' on the subject i've just found that gargling warm salty water each morning will help get ris and keep them away, see below; Treatment[edit] Often, no treatment is needed, as few stones produce symptoms.[5] A simple yet effective method to remove tonsil stones and thoroughly clean the tonsil crypts is to use an oral irrigator. Most electric oral irrigators are unsuitable for tonsil stone removal because they are too powerful and are likely to cause discomfort and rupture the tonsils, which could result in further complications such as infection. Irrigators that connect directly to the sink tap via a threaded attachment or otherwise are suitable for tonsil stone removal and everyday washing of the tonsils because they can jet water at low pressure levels that the user can adjust by simply turning the sink tap, allowing for a continuous range of pressures to suit each user's specific requirements.[5] More simply still, gargling with warm, salty water may help alleviate the Hope this helps

    Hi, I have had this ongoing smell for quite a while from my vagina sometimes it smells worse than other times, it's like a rotting smell and I can smell it through my trousers, I wash with scented shower gel. I also have discharge of a strange smell but not a horrible or fishy smell. What could this be.. Is it an std? Or BV? I have had an std before ( chlamydia ) and had non of these symptoms..





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    I have exactly the same! the smell isnt fishy or anything its just really bizarre and strong! i hate it, im meeting up with my GP next week to see what it is. I had this before a few years ago. I was a virgin then so it couldnt be an STI i dont think because i remember the smell.

    i am 19 years old, I have a really bad smell coming from my vagina, and somtimes have a thick discharge! NO itching, sorness nothing! just a foul smell! but i have new boyfirend and we aint slept together yet because im to embarrassed he will smell it and dump me! i have a bath 2 times a day and the smell goses for a little while then it back! have you got any ideas on what it is and how i can get rid of the smell? help please!





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    i have the same problem, and its ever so embarrasing for me, but it could be an infection ?

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    So i dont know if i have bv but i get this nasty smell that i can smell through my clothes. The smell comes and goes and its so bad and embarrassing. This smell and yellow dischatge happens every so often after having sex with my boyfriend. Im going to the doctor and i hope they figure this out😢😓😳





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    I have a really bad smell coming from my vagina, and somtimes have a thick discharge! NO itching, sorness nothing! just a foul smell! but i have new boyfirend and we aint slept together yet cos im to embarrassed he will smell it and dump me! i have a bath 2 times a day and the smell gose for a little while then it back! help please!





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    i have exactly the same happen to me, i have no clue what to do!

    I am 13 yrs old and started my period 3 months ago and have been on my period 4 times. i finished my 4th period (which was only 2 days) about 4 days ago. I am definitley not on my period and it smells like i am. I can smell it when i bend over or stand up after sitting down at school. It will be so embarrassing if others can smell it too. But when i get changed i smell my clothes and it doesny smell. Is it normal for me to smell like im on my period? i dont know if its the discharge but surely discharge doesnt smell like that.





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    This is EXACTLY the same as me. I am 13, been on my period 4-5 times. The last time I was on was about a month ago though, and I'm supposed to get my period around the 15th but I haven't this month. But that's normal, I know periods can be on and off but what I'm worried about is the smell. WHY do I smell so bad? It's sort of a fishy smell and it's very unpleasant. I'm also getting lots of discharge, more than I've ever had before and it's just a normal colour (clear, yellowish) but a friend has smelt it but I had to act like I could smell it too and that is was gross. I'm just so worried, when is this going to end?! It's so embarassing.

    I forgot to say, you might have it just because you've just come off your period and it's still kind of ending. If you're still getting brown stuff (old blood) when you go to the toilet then that's what it is. It'll go in no time. I thought I was the only one in this situation :(

    This is really embarrassing, but I have discoloured discharge, and when I go to toliet there is a really strong smell plus When I am around people and I move my legs I can smell a smell and I get really worried if other people can smell it, it does make me really paranoid because I am seeing a boy and I cannot be myself because I am scared. Does this mean I have an STI?





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    Hi I'm 13 ,Is a smell of vulva normal?? Mine doesn't smell like fish or anything it just smells weird and don't really like it. Other websites say that smell is normal but, is there a way to get rid of that nasty smell??





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    Don't worry if you think it smells. It could be to do with the soap you use, ideally we are not meant to use perfumed soap/shower gel while washing that area. If you try using plain soap that might help :D

    Sometimes my vagina smells like fish. My friends are so helpful and they tell me if I smell but its so embarrassing when they say that I smell I know they are trying to help but it's still horrid to hear. Please help why does it smell? And is there anything I can do to stop it? Please reply I don't want to smell like fish when I'm sitting next to boys at school so please reply ASAP





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    Some women's vulvas naturally have a somewhat fishy smell, which isn't a bad thing, and could be normal for you. If you often feel very warm and damp from sweat, that could be a contributing factor too. In that case, make sure you wear cotton underwear during the day, avoid tight clothes, and don't wear underwear at night in an effort to let the area breathe more. If the smell is objectionable, it could indicate a bacterial infection, so it would be best to see a doctor, who will run tests and prescribe a treatment if necessary.

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    Hi, i'm 16 and a female, me and my partner are sexually active and have sex 3-4 times a week, ever since we had sex, i started to notice a smell down there, it was this very disturbing smell, a very strong odor smell, and sometimes people can smell it and i can smell it all the time, especially the smell blows out of my blanket, please help me to solve this problem, give me as many suggestions. Thanks





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    aquarius cream clears up most infections; it won't harm you; but could make the smell a little less noticable.

    Hi everyone. I seem to be having a smell on my penis head after sex with my girlfriend (which is unprotected). The smell does not fully go away after washing. This has came and gone but appears to be back, only with me smelling, whereas before both of us could smell out from our penis/vagina. The smell is not like fish, its more like a cheese smell. We have both been treated in the past for bacterial vaginosis and thrush. Does anyonr know how we can get rid of this smell for good?





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    hi, im 14 and recently got really bad foot odor. they smell in any sort of shoes, whether is just ordanary school shoes. sometimes my friends can smell it, but i dont admit to it, its just so emmbarassing. also the smell isnt a sweat smell, its a really disguisting weird smell. my mum has got me many things to block the smell out, from creams to sprays, and shes planning to take me to a doctor, but im really worried that im going to have an opertation or something, help please?





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    hi i'm Elizabeth recently there has been a very bad smell coming from my bum it smells like fish and all my friends say i smell bad there is a guy i really like , when we were in bed together he rejected me because he said i had a pongy smell about me he has now spread it around his school and everybody is making fun of it , the smell isn't always there it only starts for a week a month and thats when im on the time of the month , also when the smell is there it well and truly is i loose all my confidents because i can smell it so can the teachers and my friends helpp meee pleasee :*(





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    Since January 2009, I have been going to the drs because I can smell a terrible smell like you have passed a motion. One dr told me that if I came again he would send me to see a Psychiatrist because he felt it was in my head. Please help me, I feel as though everyone can smell this smell and I feel so embarrased but I do not know where the smell is coming from, my nose or mouth.





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    Hi I started to experience the same symptoms as this after I fell and cracked my head .Id broken my nose which became watery and runny which was later found to be a cerebral fluid leak and Id fractured my skull! It stopped leaking spontaneously so I didnt need treatment as it healed itself but my olfactory nerve was damaged and this is the reason that I still sometimes get this aweful stink of rotting cabbage for no apparent reason. Have you hurt or banged your nose or head at all?

    I have had this condition in the past and once the inside of both nostrils became crusty and smelly. I simply bathed the inside of both nostrils with Savlon lotion and over a few days it went. I read the condition up in a very old medical book and it said that in Germany,it's known as Stinknase. I don't know what causes it but the EB docs should know.

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    I've noticed a change in the smell of my discharge since around about February, I feel that sometimes everybody can smell me, it is a kind of weird fishlike smell that can even make my trousers smell at times, it's getting to the point where I am scared to become intimate with anyone just incase they smell it and I'm really worried about it... I'm quite scared to see the doctor, what should I do?





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    You most likely have a vaginal infection or your ph balance may be off. If you have a fishy smell you should most definitely see your gc. Don't be embarrassed or scared. It happens to everyone.

    I'm 16 and I've been suffering from having a bad breath for years I think it started when I was 10. I constantly have to move away from people when they get to close because I get embarrassed about the smell as they may point something out to me about the smell, my family always pull faces and turn their heads as the smell is horrific. I'm not sure where to start with trying to make it smell abit more nicer, all I do is eat chewing gum to try and cover the smell but it doesn't really help. Please help?:(





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    Change your diet (bad breath is from bacteria in the stomach) It's going to be hard for the first week or so Eat fruit and vegg No junk food no sugar Drink plenty of water Use a miswak as much as possible along with brushing your teath 3 times a day.

    Hi i am the same age as you and i have had the same problem for about 4 years now. the smell is strong and not nice at all. And also like you my boyfriend has said what is that smell and its really embarrassing so i to think other people must be able to smell it our symptoms are the exact same down to a T! And I have not told anyone about it. And I have never been for a smear test because you of the smell. Even when i take a shower about an hour or so later i can smell myself. Sorry i couldn't help but I just wanted you to no your not alone! Hope you find out what the problem is. Stephanie x

    Watching one of the shows, the DR. said fresh sperm has a slight fishy odor. For me, it seems to get even smellier the next morning, after masturbation, from the night before. After multiple washings throughout the day, the fishy smell finally goes away, won't be back until hours after next sex time. Never had a partner, so guess not std. Am finding women at work have mentioned about fishy smell, whenever around me, if I had sex night before. Have to hold off sex until weekend, so they don't smell me any more. I have read L-Arginine supplements can make smell worse. Are there pills that take the smell away? Can the smell come from a bad prostate? Is this fishy smell due to oxidation of moist sperm? Last question. Do we smell fishy, because we evolved from the sea?





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    i hvae different smell of vagina discharge all the time and when i'm around people it gets worst and i fee like they can smell it coz i can smell it too or i'm i being paranoid coz i have been to the doctors twice and got treated for BV and thrush and everytym i tell my mum that i need to go to the doctors, she tells me that i'm alrite there'snothing wrong with me coz she cnt smell anything bad from me...but the thing i can smell it and i get soo self-concious around people and i always wonder that if i can smell it..can they..help me please i'm 16 and i'm planing on going to the GP on my own qithout my mums permission but i'm scared that they might call my house fone to give me the results..please any advice..





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    Hi, i sometimes find that i smell really fishy (not sure if other people can smell it)and i have been told that this is called bacterial vaganosis. Is there anything i can do to stop the smell or what causes it to smell because it's bring me down.





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    i have a a foul smell from my vagina had all the test at hospital done they found nothing the only thing that takes the smell away is hrt tablets but has made me put weight on is there anything i can do to take the smell away as soon as i stop the hrt the smell comes back





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    Hi what does it smell of ?

    never smelt anything like it ...like death

    As Laura has commented it us normal if it dosn't smell fishy, maybe if it did smell to ask for a phone consultation with tie go for more advice if you didn't want to meet them in person. But I'm going to try and find out more about the smell to see what I can do about it because not always but sometimes it dies really smell.

    i am 16 years old and i keep experiencing a bit of a smell coming from my downstairs area. i wash down there everyday to try and get rid of the smell but i am concious that others can smell it. what can i do to help the smell go away so i can start living a normal life again without hiding away.





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    hi, its been 9 months since i last had sex, and it was without a condom, i wasnt pregnant. How do you know if you have an STI? Everything seems fine in the downstairs apartment, but there is a little smell. not a bad one, it doesnt smell like fish, just a smell i havent recognised before. is it normal? i dernt have sex again just incase he can smell it. help!





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    thats ok x but if it starts 2 get worse see a doctor x you shu be ok and go to the doctor 4 tests 2 see if u have any STI's? x hope i helped xxx :) Abi :P

    I have had a vaginal smell and discharge now for about 6 weeks. At first i thought it was just normal but it has got worse and worse im am now at a point where it is driving me crazy. I bath or shower daily sometimes twice a day but it makes no odds the smell never goes. Im now concerned as the smell as got so bad even after a bath i can still smell myself, also the smell as got worse over the 6 weeks it started off as a fishy smell but now smells 10x worse... can any1 help!!!!!l





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    You might have VB, it very common and is just an excess of naturally occuring bacteria in the vagina. It can be treated by antibiotics prescribed from a doctor, hope this helped

    hi i'm 20 i've been with my boyfriend for over 1 year, and these last 6 months my wee and vagina have a very fishy smell coming all through the day and i always smell of fish when i wash it's still there, the smell comes though my clothes too I shower regualary and even when I am washing the smell is very pungent. Can you suggest a treatment? as iv been checked and have no infecton





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    I recommend shaving your anal area and then use a medicated body wash (vagisil).

    hi, im 14 and think i have a fishy smell coming from down below, im still a virgin so its not an std or anything. i dont even know if i have a smell i just get really paranoid when people are around me. i havnt always been like this just over a month ago i was on my period and on one day i could smell a fishy odor, also a few people around me could smell it aswell but they never said anything about it and im not even sure if it was actually me. Since then i havnt smelt that smell again myself but i have been really scared incase i do smell bad, its really embarressing and i dont really have anyone to talk to about it. I have a bath everday and use 2 different types of shower gel just to make sure it doesnt smell, i also spray alot of deodrant and body spray down there, i wear a pad everyday and through out the day i spray perfume onto it just incase i smell. it stings really bad but if i dont do it i feel really smelly. Also i drink lots of water but i dont hav a very good diet, is this something to do with it? or if not is there something i can do to prevent the smell. Or is it just me been paranoid? please help





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    it could be caused by overwashing so stop using the shower gel and buy vagisil wash instead from boots, its ph balanced so its good for that area. Other than that, just use normal warm water, dont use soap coz this can be alkaline adn this can cause dryness and the smell to get worse. Also you shouldnt be spraying deodorant and body spray dont there, it will make the area very dry and itchy and this is not healthy. Once you stop all of these and the smell is still there, then i would advise going to ur doctors if its really bad, im sure no one has even noticed it and the smell was probably from ur pads that you were using as you were on your period, im sure its nothing health wise serious.

    Hi i am 16 and have a fishy smell coming from the vagina area and i have had it seem starting my period. After having a shower there is no smell and only develops after walking around or using the toilet during the day. the smell is worst in the night after wearing the same underwear all day. my discharge is clear and usually fine. it just the smell. Could it be BV and how is BV caused.





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    Im 13 and i get discharge really bad, I don't know if anybody else can smell it but I can and it makes me really paranoid about the people around me, its smells fishy and sort of cheesy, it's so bad it's made my room smell! I have too change my sheets almost every other day because I'm so worried my famil will smell it. It doesn't seem to have effected or have any correlation to my period but I really want to get rid of the smell!! any help here!!??





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