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Can birth control pills cause vaginal odor

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I have this funny odor coming from my vagina that smells like dirty cat litter.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Nurse Annie replied 8 years ago.

No- this would not be due to the pill. Any type of foul odor indicates that an infection is present. The two most common infections are yeast and bacterial vaginosis. A yeast infection has symptoms of a yeast type odor, itching around the vaginal opening and surrounding area, and a cottage cheese type discharge. BV has a fishy type odor, and the discharge can either be yellow, green, or white. In the meantime, make sure you eat a balanced diet. Cotton underwear is also helpful in preventing moisture from developing. Make sure after going to the bathroom that you wipe from front to back. In the mean time refrain from any type of douching, as douching can not only disrupt the normal pH of your body, but can also make it more open to infection. Avoid use of any types of feminine sprays, talcs etc as they can also disrupt the normal balance. Also avoid any type of scented toilet paper. You will need to see your doctor for an exam and testing to determine what type of infection is present, so the proper treatment can be prescribed.
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