1:10 am - 09/30/2007

Vinegar smelling discharge, and gynecologist advice

Today I noticed that my discharge smelt pretty strongly of vinegar. There wasn't a startling amount of discharge or anything, or any discolouration (it was just that whitey-yellow colour) but a definite sort of malt-vinegar smell. Is this cause for alarm, or likely to just be a dietary thing? I've had quite a bit of spicy/sour food in the past few days, which I've heard can affect the smell of discharge.

Also, having funny-smelling downstairs has convinced me that I probably should get a gynecologist soon. Can anyone recommend one in Melbourne, Australia? Also, what are some good questions to ask/things to make sure happen on my first visit? Should I ask for a pap smear for that same visit (I'm sexually active and 18 years old), and if so do I need to mention that when making the appointment?

Thanks so much for any help you guys can provide!
buzzboomsplat 29th-Sep-2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
The health services at my university do pap smears and, if you're a student, they bulk bill.

Whether or not you need a pap smear all depends, really. I think there were advertisements somewhere that said "two years after first sexual intercourse or from 18 years"; but I think it's actually somewhat closer to 21 now.

I don't think I know anyone who actually has a gynocologist.. Just about every doctor's office I've been to also look after "women's health".
jebe 30th-Sep-2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Oh! I never thought about the uni health services, thanks. I'm pretty sure they bulk bill at my uni too now that I think about it.

Yeah I'm never sure about pap smears, at Family Planning when I got my contraceptive device they told me that it was after 2 years of sex, or when you turn 18, whichever comes later. But I don't know if that counts non PIV sex, so I have no idea if I need one?
I'm not sure if my regular doctor offers "women's health" services but quite a few of the doctors there know my parents (and one in particular is pretty loose with the "confidentiality" part of "doctor patient confidentiality").
buzzboomsplat 30th-Sep-2007 02:38 am (UTC)
What a dodgy doctor!

My doctor told me that I wouldn't need a pap smear until about 20 (I'm 19 now) and this was assuming that I'd started having sex this year (I wanted to see what the nuvaring was like before I actually needed to use it for contraceptive purposes. It made me crazy.)

If you do decide to go into the doctor at uni you could book an appointment with one of the doctors and then discuss it with them. You'd also see if there's a doctor there who you get along with. (I really like mine).

Also, I just remembered last night that from about May I noticed that my smell had changed a bit (not the discharge so much, I don't really get a lot of that) and smelled more acidic. I put it down to dietary changes- citris fruits had just come into season, I eat a lot of fruit.
buzzboomsplat 30th-Sep-2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Oh, for some reason I think I read "later" as "earlier".. This is good because it means I don't have to worry about getting one for a while. (I was thinking about it the other day because I forgot to check with my doctor again).
buzzboomsplat 29th-Sep-2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
ps. sorry, I couldn't help but have a peak at your journal. I think that the Sharon Lau that ran as a Liberal candidate for Wom*n's Officer at Melbourne Uni went to school with me. That excerpt from the election guide (?) creeps me out a bit.
jebe 30th-Sep-2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Ahaha, yeah! Her speech creeped me out more than a little bit. :(
laurapalmer813 29th-Sep-2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
I've never noticed my plain discharge smelling like vinegar, but my periods have smelled like vinegar for about the last 10 years. I don't know what causes it, but it still weirds me out. I never eat vinegar! I do like spicy food though, so its possibly that. It might be just a coincidence, but I acquired a taste for spicy food about 10 years ago!

Since the smell change, I've probably had at least 6 pap smears, all completely normal!
rachelish 29th-Sep-2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
My discharge has smelled like vinegar before. During one of my annuals I asked the NP if that was indicative of some sort of infection, and she said no. So I don't think that is something to be worried too much about. Mine just kind of went away, so I assumed it was from something I had been eating.
jebe 30th-Sep-2007 02:09 am (UTC)
Oh, phew. I'll keep an eye (nose? :() on it for the next few days, hopefully it'll go away and it'll just have been from something I ate.
bex_is_roxor 30th-Sep-2007 01:06 am (UTC)

you could check out the family planning association. i think most of its covered by medicare, but you can call up.
i generally go for all of my check ups there since i was moving around alot, and they even have them across the dtich too (which is where i am now lol)
jebe 30th-Sep-2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks! I really should have thought of them, I went there about 9 months ago to get my implanon inserted.
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