Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in and around a woman’s uterus. They are a common condition that affects many women, especially those in their 30s and 40s. While some fibroids are asymptomatic, some women may experience a range of symptoms, including heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and pressure, frequent urination, pain during sexual intercourse, and more.
A question that comes up periodically from our patients is whether uterine fibroids can cause a smelly discharge. In today’s blog post, we are going to answer this question and shed some light on conditions that may cause a smelly discharge from the vagina.
Can Fibroids Cause Smelly Discharge?
The short answer is that it is unlikely that uterine fibroids cause a smelly discharge themselves; however, they can lead to other conditions that may cause an odorous discharge.
Fibroids can grow in different parts of the uterus, including the lining, the muscle tissue, and the outside of the uterus. They can increase the volume of vaginal discharge a woman may experience, but typically, fibroid discharge is not smelly. It is normally slightly watery and may appear clear or light pink in color.
When fibroids grow in the lining, they can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, which may increase the risk of developing bacterial infections such as bacterial vaginosis.
Conditions that can result in smelly discharge and are exacerbated by other fibroid symptoms may include:
- Bacterial Infections
- Bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection that is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria. The condition is characterized by a grayish-white, smelly vaginal discharge that has a fishy odor. Women with bacterial vaginosis may also experience itching, burning, and irritation.
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fibroids that grow in the muscle tissue or the outside of the uterus may cause pressure on the bladder or bowel, leading to constipation, urinary tract infections, or other conditions that may cause a smelly discharge.
What Conditions Can Cause Smelly Vaginal Discharge?
As previously stated, fibroids can cause vaginal discharge, but as a rule, fibroid discharge is not smelly. Smelly vaginal discharge is a sign of infection and should be treated by a medical professional. Some conditions that may cause a white or yellow, thick, smelly discharge include:
- Yeast infections: Yeast infections are a common vaginal infection that is caused by an overgrowth of yeast. They can cause a thick, white discharge that may have a yeasty smell;
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Certain STIs, such as trichomoniasis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, can cause a strong and unpleasant vaginal odor, as well as discharge and other symptoms;
- Certain foods and drinks: Foods such as garlic, onions, and spicy foods can cause a temporary change in vaginal odor;
- Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes during pregnancy, menopause, or the menstrual cycle can cause changes in vaginal odor.
It is important to note that not all vaginal odors are a cause for concern. However, if you notice a persistent and unpleasant smell, it may be a sign of an infection or other underlying condition.
How To Get Rid Of Smelly Discharge
While uterine fibroids themselves may not cause a smelly discharge, they can lead to other conditions that may cause an odor, which is a sign of an active infection.
If you are experiencing abnormal vaginal discharge or odor and notice any changes in your vaginal discharge, it is important to seek medical assistance to determine the cause and receive appropriate treatment.
Eliminate Fibroids And Their Symptoms Forever
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with fibroids such as pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, or chronic abdominal pressure, you do not have to live with them.
You can visit the Atlanta Fibroid Center and receive a non-surgical treatment that will get rid of your fibroids and their nasty symptoms.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is an outpatient procedure that is performed by expert interventional radiologists at the Atlanta Fibroid Center. UFE typically takes under an hour to perform, and you can go home the same day with just a bandage. There are no large incisions to take care of, and the recovery time is minimal.
There is no need to continue suffering from fibroid symptoms when help is just one consultation away! Contact us today to learn more about UFE and how it might benefit you.