• I keep getting thrush and smell really fishy. Will douching with cider vinegar help?

    I keep getting thrush and smell really fishy. Will douching with cider vinegar help?

    Because your discharge has a fishy odour, it sounds as though you may have bacterial vaginosis rather than thrush.


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    I’m really worried because I keep getting thrush and it’s also embarrassing because I smell really fishy. I’ve been using natural yogurt but the discharge is increasing and it’s now gone grey. Do you think douching with cider vinegar will help?

    Julie Answers...Julie Says:

    Normally I’m a big fan of natural remedies, but in this instance I think you need to try something conventional - and stronger.

    Because your discharge has a fishy odour and is greyish in colour, it sounds as though you may have bacterial vaginosis rather than thrush - the two are easily confused. Either way, the natural acidity of your vagina seems to be off balance, so first and foremost see your GP, so that they can examine you and prescribe something suitable to get things back to normal.

    Once it’s settled down, you may find a lactic acid vaginal gel (from your local chemist) keeps things healthy in the future. If it is thrush, your doctor can prescribe pessaries and cream, as well as an oral pill to ensure that the thrush bug is eliminated from your intestinal tract.

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    Comments (2)

    • Occhiverdi O'Army: May 16, 2011 14:02
      I suffer from this. I used BalanceActiv and the doctor also gave me antibiotics and aqueous cream to shower with.
    • buzzybee: May 26, 2011 22:22
      The medical books always say this - that it must be vaginosis - so I went to the doc when I had it initially but it was thrush (confirmed by a swab sent for culturing at the medical lab). I even had people in work making comments about the fishy smell which was so embarrassing as I'm so clean. I was given the usual over the counter anti fungal pessary and cream treatment which worked for a while but I kept getting it repeatedly for a while. I find sperm disturbs the pH of the vagina so I avoid allowing internal ejaculation now by my boyfriend and haven't had such a problem for a year. I also used a cream from an online pharmacist in the UK which is supposed to balance the pH, which can help but it is the sex (ejaculation) which caused this very same problem for me. I am also getting older and my oestrogen levels aren't as they were which also contributes to this problem. Ensure adequate vitamins and minerals too as this is supposed to help the immune system to fight back.
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