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Monday, June 27, 2016
Vaginal ammonia smell
Off and on I have a vaginal amonia smell it is very strong, it reminds me of cat urine. The doctor tells me he thinks it is hormonal changes just to wash with a vineger and water solution when I have the smell. Could you tell me anything else to do?
I would suspect that your physician did a swab to make sure that you didn’t have bacterial vaginosis (an overgrowth of bacteria normally found in the vagina) - this discharge sometimes has a “fishy-like” odor (some say it smells like ammonia); it is usually treatable with an antibiotic.
An occasional vinegar and water douche (less than once a week) is not harmful; more frequent douching may be harmful. If it doesn’t work, I would recommend you see your doctor again to rule out the bacterial vaginosis.
W. Fred Miser, MD
Professor of Family Medicine
Director of Ohio State Medicine Residency Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University