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Why does my vagina smell bad?

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Hi, I'm 17 and I am in college. Before coming here, my vagina would sometimes smell before my period and whatever but it's like three months into school and for a few weeks my vagina is starting to get smelly. I had sex with one guy but he was a good friend and said he didn't have anything. I'm worried it could be serious, but I haven't experienced anything but wetness and smell. It doesn't even smell fishy. Could I just be excessively sweating? I've been stressed socially and with school so maybe my hormones are messed up, because I haven't been sleeping at normal times of the day as well. I REALLY need some help, I'm worried I even told my mom and she said to check for a leftover piece of tampon but nothing is there. ALSO I ran out of my birth control like a month ago and then back on a week later, could that make me smell???
PLEASE HELP MEEE!!!!
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replied November 10th, 2011
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If you have not been regular with your birth control use and have been sexually active, you can be at risk for pregnancy. Altered vaginal smell and appearance/consistency could be suggestive of vaginal infections. Go ahead with visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for examination, vaginal swab/smear test to identify causative agent. Get started on treatment as indicated. If infective cause is detected, get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent chances of re-infection. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Avoid vaginal douching, use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid use of tight fitting clothes. Practice relaxation techniques to control stress levels.
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