8:47 pm - 08/30/2010

sweet smelling discharge

Hey guys!

For some reason, I realized today that my vaginal discharge has been smelling sweet. This might be TMI, but I was on the toilet today, trying to go #2, but I couldn't. My boyfriend had stepped into the bathroom after me and he even noticed a smell (it wasn't STRONG, but it was there, just faintly). Today was the first day I noticed it, but I'm not very observant. As far as my discharge goes, it's still clear and pretty much normal, so it's not any infections that I'm aware of. If it's anything, I'm having just a tiny bit more discharge than normal, but it's not extreme or anything-it feels like a natural fluctuation in the amount. I haven't had sex recently either, so that hasn't upset the normal pH balance either (we have safe monogamous sex where he ejaculates in me).

I've recently changed my diet from a very unhealthy one (eating fast food pretty much all the time) to eating very healthy-no fried foods, eating a little less meat, more vegetables, and more fruit. I've switched my diet for 3 weeks now.

I've tried googling this, but apparently it only refers to people who are pregnant apparently (I'm pretty sure I'm not pregnant-I had my "period" 2 weeks ago, but I've had sex. I guess we'll see next month?). Also, people talk about menstrual changes and ovulation, but I'm on the pill so ovulation wouldn't apply to me.

I just wanted to know if this is normal (I am well aware that it is most likely caused by my diet change, especially the fruit, but I didn't eat fruit yesterday or today and my vaginal discharge is smelling sweet *today*), and if it is indicative of anything that might be wrong.

Thanks in advance!
eunicemcgee 31st-Aug-2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I was hesitant to comment at all, because it really isn't something I know much about; but instead I'm just going to go ahead and preface this by saying it isn't a very informed guess, and not necessarily likely. That being said, I've heard that any time a part of you starts smelling "sweet," it can be a sign of diabetes (I've only heard this specifically for urine and breath). It might be something worth checking up on; hopefully though, it's just a totally benign thing caused by the diet change you're describing.
diegobunny 31st-Aug-2010 04:30 am (UTC)
That was one of my concerns as well, because that's what I've heard as well. I've gained around 15-20 lbs in the last year, and my mother was concerned. I just recently got a blood test, but everything was normal. However, I don't even know if they tested for diabetes because they haven't even mailed the results back yet (the blood test was 2 Fridays ago). I didn't even think of diabetes, but my sister mentioned to me that my mother was worried I'd have it (I'm only 23 years old, but I'm currently at 5'3 and 145 lbs). The doctor didn't even mention anything about diabetes, but I'll take a look at my blood test results when I get them. Thanks!
diegobunny 2nd-Sep-2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I got my blood test back and I don't think I was tested for diabetes.
The things tested for were: TSH, Free T4, prolactin, testosterone, FSH, and LH.
misfit4leaf 31st-Aug-2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Anything you ingest affects how you taste/smell - for both men and women. I had an ex who was a coke addict, and he tasted bad, another who ate very healthily, he tasted sweet, and my current has an average diet, and he has an unremarkable taste. I have an average diet too, and I smell musky with a sour/sweet taste. It can take awhile for a change in your diet to become evident in your taste/smell, so it's likely just barely coming. through.
diegobunny 31st-Aug-2010 04:33 am (UTC)
I do know that with my diet change, I've been eating a MASSIVE amount of tofu, so that might it, even though tofu in itself isn't sweet.

Thanks for your comment!
misfit4leaf 31st-Aug-2010 04:41 am (UTC)
I would also like to echo some above commenters with saying that an abnormally sweet scent can indicate diabetes, but since you have been eating better, the diet change is the more likely culprit imo.
jaggednib 31st-Aug-2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
sotepetsenu 31st-Aug-2010 06:07 am (UTC)
When I am eating normally, I smell and taste "normal" for lack of a better word. When I eat strict vegan, I thought it smelled like sweet cookies or something, but others, both roommates who I don't see often and my partner would tell me that my sweat and other fluids smelled like fruit.

So, here's someone who, when they eat what seems to be healthiest for them (vegan) smell like fruit and flowers, even when I had a day or two here and there of not eating 100% perfect.

Actually, when I first noticed the smell, I went on a rampage because I thought my roommate had sprayed febreeze or renuzit or whatever freshener we had, which was a bad thing (we had a cat which I was barely allergic to, but chemicals in the air would make it bad) I felt really bad afterward because it wasn't air freshener smelling sweetly, but my sweaty fricken box.
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jenn_possible 1st-Sep-2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Are you eating more artificial sweeteners? If I eat a lot of Nutrisweet (Slim Fast, yogurt, etc), I taste like it.
Waukisha Ferguson 4th-Dec-2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'm a diabetic n I've been having discharge recently two days ago....I notice it smelled sweet....now I been a diabetic for some time now n never had a discharge like this.....so she I run to doctor
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