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Vaginal odor and vaginal itching


What are main indicators of women health (especially vaginal health)? Can healthy woman have vaginal odor and/or vaginal itching? What could be the cause of vaginal odor and vaginal itching?

ANSWER from experts

There are very many indicators of women health including normal regular menstrual cycles, positive fertility indicators, normal weight, etc.

Main indicators of women vaginal health include absence of vaginal infections (especially sexually transmitted infections), absence of irritation and/or inflammation, absence of unusual “bad”odor and/or intensive vaginal discharge.

Concerning vaginal odor, it is very specific for each woman at different age and different days of the menstrual cycle. It is normal for every woman’s vagina to have a unique odor which is natural – even when you notice the difference, it is not necessarily an infection. Change in vaginal odor could be linked to the specific period of the menstrual cycle.

Once you identify your specific vaginal odor, it would be easy to clarify pathological changes. Changes in vaginal odor can occur from yeast infection, sexually transmitted infections, Trichomoniasis, Bacterial Vaginosis and some other causes.

If you have vaginal “fishy” odor (especially in combination with vaginal itching, it is almost certain that you have Bacterial Vaginosis

Concerning vaginal itching, there could be several causes including yeast infection, stress, pregnancy, diabetes, chemicals, etc.


Main causes of vaginal smell in combination with vaginal itching could include the following:

  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Yest infection in combination with Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Poor vaginal hygiene
  • Unusual objects in the vagina (toys, old tampons, etc.)
  • Recto-vaginal fistula
  • Cancer of the cervix
If you noted white vaginal discharge (like cottage cheese) and, at the same time, you have vaginal itching, most probably you have vaginal yeast infection.

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