It’s quite natural for a woman’s vagina to have an odor, but it’s usually not strong or overwhelming. However there are times when the vagina develops a fishy, or chemical odor and this is often accompanied by itching and irritation. But what causes an abnormal vaginal odor?

What causes an abnormal vaginal odor?
Changes in the vaginal odor can usually be traced to variations in the normal secretions. When the vagina is healthy, the secretions have a somewhat sweet smell that is not obvious or offensive.

Although an abnormal vaginal odor has traditionally been linked to a yeast infection or bacterial infection, there are other possible causes. The experts in vaginal healthcare at Fowler GYN International have also found that changes in the normal vaginal micro-flora pattern can contribute to abnormal vaginal odor. Here’s how:

The vaginal microflora consists of a variety of bacteria; most of which are good, but some bad bacteria also reside there. Although the level of bad bacteria is usually low, there are factors that can precipitate a shift in the normal microflora pattern. When this occurs, it can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. The secretions from these bacteria have an adverse odor, and also lead to other symptoms such as irritation, itching, burning, and urinary frequency.

Treating vaginal odor
A vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test can be conducted to determine if there is in fact an altered vaginal microflora pattern. The VFA test identifies the constituents of the vaginal environment, and if an altered micro-flora pattern is confirmed, a treatment protocol is recommended to restore the vagina to a healthy state. When the vagina is healthy again the secretions will return to normal. Do you have an abnormal vaginal odor that remains unresolved? Contact Fowler GYN International, Paradise Valley, AZ, for assistance. You can reach them at www.fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001.