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Why does it smell like fish?

Often, in all sorts of medical forums you can find posts of concerned visitors who are interested in why the vagina or penis smells like fish. In this article we will try to answer this question in detail.


As a rule, among representatives of the beautiful half of humanity, the appearance of a fishy smell from the vagina indicates reproduction of streptococci, staphylococci, intestinal sticks and other microorganisms. Discomfort in the vagina, in combination with the smell of fish, can also indicate infection with a genital infection. For example, gonococcus, trichomonad, mycoplasma, chlamydia, ureaplasma ... If we talk about specific symptoms, it can be abundant vaginal discharge, itching, burning, redness of the labia, edema, difficulty in urination, pain during or after sex.

Often, the symptoms of infection of one of the above infections do not appear immediately. Sometimes, before the clinical manifestations and the appearance of the very smell after infection, several months pass.For this reason, if you have recently had several sexual partners, it is very difficult to establish the carrier of the infection. Therefore, it is better to inform all partners and recommend them to visit a venereologist.

The most common diseases

In gynecological practice, the following diseases most often occur, accompanied by the appearance of a "fishy" smell.

  • Gardnerellosis. The cause of this disease is the bacterium gardnerella. The course of the disease is accompanied by the appearance of a liquid or foamy discharge of a greenish or gray color. This discharge smells like fish. The smell is sharp, unstable. In addition, when gardnerelleze there is irritation of the labia.
  • Candidiasis. The cause of this disease is the candida yeast. With this disease, in addition to smelling fish from the vagina, there is a secret of white. It has a thick curdled structure. Itching and burning are also possible, which are worse in the evening.

Neglect of treatment of these diseases or incomplete therapy cause the development of salpingoophoritis and endometritis. In addition, the above-mentioned microorganisms affect the reproductive functions of women.So, for example, the chronic form of gardnerella disease significantly complicates the process of conceiving a child. In addition, a woman suffering from this disease is more difficult to bear the fetus. Preterm labor and miscarriages in early pregnancy are also frequent.


If, with daily proper hygiene, a member smells like fish, this is also evidence of infection. Most often, the cause of the fishy smell is anaerobic bacteria - the same gardnerella, as well as mobilunkus, atopobium ... Men become infected during unprotected sex with an infection carrier. The above bacteria in the representatives of the strong half of humanity cause, as a rule, anaerobic balanopostitis.


If the urine or semen smells like fish, the first thing to do is to go to the venereologist. Treatment of ailments, the course of which is manifested by the "fish" smell, begins with the identification of the pathogen. To do this, regardless of gender, smear and blood tests, bakposev are prescribed by a doctor. On the basis of the results obtained, the venereologist prescribes a course of antibiotics, local preparations, lactobacilli, immunomodulators, and vitamin complexes.With timely treatment, it is possible to get rid of the smell of fish and the disease, the evidence of which it is, in 2-4 weeks. It takes much longer to treat a chronic stage.

So, dear readers, if the urine smells like fish - no need to delay the visit of the venereologist, because it can seriously aggravate the situation.


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