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Hi, I am so glad I found this forum because I have been feeling like an outcast lately. I'm an 18 year old girl and a virgin. I was wondering if it's possible to give off a fishy smell like that of BV without being able to smell it yourself?
Ever since I was about 12, I started to get people telling me that I smelled like fish. The first time I was told that was indirectly when I was speaking to my mom in Chinese, and I guess the salesgirl next to us assumed we couldn't speak English and told her friend who was next to her that I smelled fishy. I did not take that seriously because I knew I didn't smell.
In high school people have made comments saying that I smelled. In PE we were choosing team members, and a guy said "Don't choose her, her vagina smells bad."
Sometimes when I go out I hear people say things like "It smells like salmon," or "Ew it smells like fish."
When I am on my period especially I get people around me sniffing and looking at my crotch. People sniff a lot around me in general but it's worse when I'm on my period.
It seems like it's just bullying and paranoia at this point, but I've had teachers make comments too. When I left my Spanish classroom after speaking with my teacher, I heard my teacher tell her friend that I smelled like fish. The next day she told the whole class (not directing it at me of course) that it's important to wash and be clean down there or else it will "start to smell."
That was when I really started to believe that I smelled. My friends say no but they are not close to me (my best friend left me and I haven't gotten a new close friend since). I've been checked at the doctor's for a yeast infection a while back (she took a long q-tip and took a sample and it came back positive for a yeast infection). However she did not make any comments on a smell. At the time I had a yeast infection however, I could smell it--it definitely had a smell, not fishy but kind of like bread? and the discharge was cheesy.
Thanks so much for listening. This has taken a huge toll on my confidence and makes me not want to go out and interact with people. It's nice to know there's a forum for everything
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