Black smelly vaginal discharge can be pretty disturbing – this kind of vaginal discharge could be a symptom of more than one causes. It is well known that black vaginal discharge usually means appearance of old oxidized blood (remains of menstrual period or spotting from endometrial inflammation or infected small vessels). In most cases black smelly vaginal discharge is a symptom of vaginal infections which can damage internal tissues and trigger black discharge as well as can also cause unpleasant smelling from vagina.
Black smelly vaginal discharge – infections
Bacterial vaginosis is common cause of black smelly vaginal discharge. Bacterial vaginosis triggered by anaerobic bacteria which can invade vagina and disturb its natural balance. It kills lactobacilli that may result in vaginal itching, vaginal burning sensation, black vaginal discharge and unpleasant fishy vaginal smell. These bacteria can appear even in virgin girls.
Trichomoniasis is common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It can cause black/brown yellow/green vaginal discharge with strong smell. During trichomoniasis women also suffer from vaginal itching, vaginal sore and painful urination.
Gonorrhea is sexually transmitted infection (STI) – it is responsible for inflammation in reproductive organs (vagina, cervix, uterus, Fallopian tubes). This infection can cause black smelly vaginal discharge at any time of menstrual cycle. Often gonorrhea triggers black-greenish-yellowish smelly vaginal discharge and lower abdominal pain. This infection usually appears after unprotected contacts.
Black smelly vaginal discharge – inflammations
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) could trigger black smelly vaginal discharge due to damaged tissue and vessels as well as due to bacteria multiplication. If your smelly discharge combined with pelvic pain or lower abdominal pain, fever and painful urination, most probably you have PID.
Menstrual tampon users also could experience black smelly discharge due to forgotten or “lost” tampon or because of keeping tampon long in vagina (more than 5-6 hours). It could cause not only unpleasant smell and discharge but also could trigger Toxic shock syndrome (see details on next page).
Sometimes cervical cancer could cause black smelly discharge (mostly during inflammation stage of cervical cancer). This type of vaginal discharge is a symptom not only cervical inflammation (cervicitis) but also a symptom of cells’ necrosis.
Black smelly vaginal discharge – combined causes
If woman have few problems in reproductive system, she could have both black discharge and vaginal odor. Main causes of black smelly vaginal discharge include combinations of possible causes of black discharge and smelly odor.
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.