Dr. Toluwani Binutu, a medical health expert has encouraged women with fishy-smelling vaginal discharge to seek medical intervention, noting that they could be infected with bacterial vaginosis.
According Cleveland Clinic, Bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection that happens when some normal bacteria that lives in the vagina overgrows, causing a bacterial imbalance.
Symptoms include an off-white or grey vaginal discharge that smells “fishy.”
Though, the cause is not completely understood but certain activities like having unprotected sex or frequent douching increase the risk.
According to Dr. Toluwani, a white or clear discharge is normal, especially just after and just before the period, but added that if the discharge is thick and solid white like cottage cheese, and accompanied by itching or soreness, it may be a yeast infection.
Continuing, he said, “Brown vaginal discharge indicates the presence of blood, and it is normal to have this just before or just after your period.
“That said, it can also indicate a number of conditions (it may be a sign of early pregnancy) especially if they occur at other times during your cycle.
“However, if the brown discharge lasts for several weeks, frequently happens after sex, has an unpleasant smell, occurs after your menopause, or comes together with other symptoms (painful urination, vaginal itching, pelvic pain, etc) you should speak to your doctor.”
He further said that women should pay attention to the color of their vaginal discharge as having a yellow or green coloured discharge may indicate gonorrhoea or trichomoniasis infection.
The discharge may also be lumpy and have an unpleasant smell.