Vaginal odor is one of the most common conditions in women. It is defined by medical experts to be due to swellings around the vagina. It is also defined as any abnormal odor originating from the vagina. This is usually a fishy-smell or odor. It is also associated with other symptoms such as itching or irritation and vaginal discharge. The swellings are caused mainly by infections. It is very common infection in women of the child bearing age and this call for need to clearly examine its causative agents.
One of the causes of vaginal odor is an attack of Bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is a not technically a sexually transmitted disease and affects mainly women and is associated with vaginal discharges, itching around the vagina and irritation. Medical experts explain that the glands within the human vagina and the cervix make very limited amounts of fluids that are mainly essential for the lubrication purposes. The experts further points out that the fluid flows out of the vagina daily carrying with them old cells that have lined the vagina. As a result of bacterial imbalance in the vagina the infection may occur leading to release of smelly discharge from the vagina.
Another common cause of vaginal odor in women is a Chlamydia infection. Chlamydia is a bacterium that causes an infection with great similarity to gonorrhea. The bacterium is found in the cervix and urethra and can also thrive in the throat and rectum. Women affected by the bacterium usually have discharges associated with bad odor from their vagina.
Vaginal odor is also caused by pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. This is an infection of a woman’s pelvic organs which include the uterus, oviduct, ovaries and the cervix. It usually leads to ectopic pregnancy in women. Ectopic pregnancy is the condition where a fetus grows in the oviduct instead of the uterus. This may lead to premature birth. It is associated with discharge from the vagina which may have an odor.
Vaginitis in women is another causative agent of vaginal odor. It is always a fact that all women have organisms such as yeast and bacteria in their vaginal fluids. Imbalance of bacteria, for example in the vagina leads to complications associated with discharges usually with a bad odor from the vagina. Yeast infections which always occur when too much Candida grows in the vagina is another infection associated with bad odor from the vagina.
Another sexually transmitted with close association with vaginal odor is Gonorrhea. This is a bacterial infection caused by the organism Neisseria gorrhea that is always transmitted via sexual contact. Women infected with the disease have higher chances of between 20%-40% of being affected by Chlamydia.
Gonorrhea is associated with a yellowish vaginal discharge which is accompanied with a bad odor. Other symptoms are the swelling of the genitals, burning and itching of the vaginal area among others. It is therefore clear that this infection directly causes vaginal odor in women. Click here for causes other than a STD.
Yeast infection can also be a causative agent of the condition. Yeast infection is also known as Candida and is very common among women. They are considered fungal infections. The infection always occur when too much of the fungi grow in the vagina. The infections are always associated with production of a white discharge which is watery and a time is accompanied by a bad odor. Vaginal odor is therefore associated with the infection.
The condition is also linked with Trichomoniasis. This is a sexually transmitted infection that is always caused by a single-cell parasite. It has symptoms such as vaginal itching, burning and soreness of the vagina and the vulva as well. It can also be accompanied by vaginal odor.
The other sexually transmitted diseases which can equally lead to the condition include Genital herpes, Syphilis, Lymphogranuloma Venerum. There is therefore a great urgency to have measures to prevent women fro contracting the STDs since they have a great bearing in occurrence of vaginal odor.