What is the cause of vaginal odor?

Do you have a vaginal odor along with an offensive discharge that is making you feel self-conscious?  It’s a common problem that many women have to deal with, but unfortunately, most gynecologists don’t fully understand it, so getting the right treatment can be challenging. 

What causes vaginal odor?

Although vaginal odor has traditionally been associated with yeast or bacterial infection, the problem often goes deeper.  After carrying out years of clinical observations and research, board-certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler, of Fowler GYN International, discovered that vaginal odor is often the result of an altered vaginal microflora pattern. 

The vaginal microflora contains a mix of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, but the good bacteria generally predominate.  The normal vaginal discharge is clear or milky in color and has a subtle scent that is not offensive.   However, if the microflora is out of balance, it can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria.  An increase in bad bacteria in the vagina precipitates changes in the secretions, resulting in a musky, fishy vaginal odor. 

Symptoms associated with a vaginal odor

A vaginal odor is often accompanied by symptoms such as itching, irritation, burning, and urinary frequency (click here to learn more).

Treating vaginal odor

In order to successfully treat vaginal odor, it’s essential to first assess the existing vaginal microflora.  At FGI this assessment is done using a vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test.  The VFA test is an advanced diagnostic technique that evaluates the vaginal constituents.

If an altered vaginal microflora pattern is confirmed, a customized treatment protocol is recommended, to restore the microflora pattern to normalcy.

Are you bothered by a persistent vaginal odor that has not responded to treatment?  Contact Fowler GYN International, Paradise Valley, AZ, for a consultation.

You can reach them at www.fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001.

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