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How do I tell the difference between external odor & odor caused by infection?

Most of the time, private part odor occurs as a result of bodily fluids like sweat, urine, semen, and menstrual blood coming into contact with external bacteria, not an infection.

Lume is an external product that prevents the odor-causing reaction between bacteria and bodily fluid and would not mask or cover up odor caused by an infection if one were present. This means that if after using Lume for 3-4 days you still noticed an odor, we would recommend consulting your physician. However, if after using Lume the odor went away, it was an external odor and an external solution was all you needed. The reality is that doctors over-diagnose BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) and yeast vaginitis more than half the time. Many times it's actually an external odor that doesn't require antibiotics. 

Indications of Infection

  • Change in discharge color from clear, white, or pale yellow to green, grey, or dark yellow 
  • Change in discharge texture (Discharge texture can change throughout your cycle and life. Normal vaginal discharge may be thicker like a paste, clear and thin, thicker like an egg white, or sticky/ stretchy. If discharge becomes foamy or chunky like cottage cheese, an infection may be present.)
  • Pain, fever, or burning while urinating
  • Persistent itching

Lume is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions and should not be used on broken or irritated skin. 


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