Oral sex, bad scent, fungal infections and Metformin- delicate embarrassing question

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2016-07-15 15:23:51 -0500
Started 2011-04-19 03:50:54 -0500

After trying fruitlessly to find some kind of answer on the web and dreading having to ask my doctor about this, I am taking a big breath and asking a very sensitive question. I would especially like to hear from the medical pros but I'll take in what all of you fellow members might have to say. Sorry for posting incognito but it really is that embarrassing for me.
I take a bunch of meds for Type2 and high blood pressure/cholesterol. I take Metformin 1,000 mg twice a day. That's the one I'm concerned about because it reeks of fish. It's so noxious that sometimes I cannot get it down. I have noticed that sometimes *I* have a similar smell (in the womanly way) and I don't know if it could be a vaginal infection (I'm familiar with them) or if it's a side effect of the Metformin. I am putting off going to the doctor because of the humiliation but I am a clean person and the possibility of having an offensive scent just kills me. I have been/am battling a yeast problem the doctor says is caused by high sugar and he's given me two different kinds of creams for my arms and chest (which have done nothing for it) and a year ago he gave me a powder for the infection under my breast. Nothing works! His comment last time was if I didn't get my sugar under control, I would get an infection and have to go to the hospital and get on an IV. Then he upped my Lantus another 5 units. He ups it every time and says to lose weight but that's about all ever does. Not happy with his care but that's not my point now. We have no endocrinologists/diabetes experts in my small town.
This infection is on my last nerve. I itch practically everywhere on my person! Been putting up with the itching going on two years now and I can't take much more. Sick of having a smelly fungal rash under my breast. Even sicker about smelling fishy, I know that's a sign of yeast infection but that damned Metformin also stinks of it!
I have used vinegar to douche with, applied standard miconazole vaginal creams, I use antibacterial Dial bogy wash and as for my breast, I have even tried athlete's foot and jock itch powder hoping maybe that would kill this beast but it doesn't!

My glucose ranges from 180-200+ with a recent morning check of 103. I take Lantus, Glyburide, Lisinopril, Amlodipine besylate, hrdrochlorothiazide, Gemfibrozil, Metaprolol, Percocet, and OTC pain relievers. As I type this now, I am itching like crazy. i will end up seeing the doctor for this, but the main question I have that I cannot bring myself to ask him about is whether or not Metformin will be noticable to my partner during oral sex. I'm trying to say this delicately. Even before the itching in that region became evident, I noticed my scent was way different and too strong. Which makes me freak out that if it's the Metformin making me smell fishy that it might make me taste that way too. Please excuse me for all this TMI!! I don't normally do this but I need help and the anonymous option here is a blessing. Thank you and I'm sorry again.

46 replies

Mallacai 2016-07-15 15:23:51 -0500 Report

I know this was five years ago but hope my two cents will be appreciated. Unless one keep their blood Glucose within an acceptable range they would be fighting a losing battle with fungal infections. First off is lose the weight period. And plain yogurt is an excellent anti fungal prebiotic (eaten that is ). Could also try resistant starch like Potato starch, green bananas boiled and kept in the refrigerator overnight. This will not cure infections overnight but an excellent. As far as i am aware douching is not a healthy thing to do.

AlvaB 2015-05-11 18:24:07 -0500 Report

Metaformin cause me to itch so bbad I wanted to kill myself. I was fortunate but I didnt have to rule out any other meds. As a ffemale I have found a solution for the vaginal yeast infections. I fought withvit and found the ONLY cureto be Boric Acid suppository to be the answer to my problem. Good luck.

beachtech 2014-10-21 12:13:16 -0500 Report

That's a long list of medications. You mentioned Percocet (aka oxycodone, pretty much the most powerful pain medication you can get at a pharmacy). First, why? Unless you have some serious medical injuries, Percocet is like shooting a cockroach with a nuclear missile. And what happens when you have serious pain? You have probably already built up a tolerance for Percocet, what are they going to give you?
More importantly, you mentioned that you itch all over. Percocet does that to almost everyone that takes it. It is a well know side effect.
Your sugar and insulin-Your doctor tells you to get your sugar under control and it sounds like that upsets you. If you are a diabetic, having prolonged high sugar and counteracting it with more insulin is going to rocket you to the grave. That's exactly what happened to my dad at age 56!
Let me be a little more direct than your doctor-you have very serious yet treatable disease. You need to get serious about fighting it. Not with medications. Eat better and move more. If not, you are going to loose limbs, go blind, and/or die early.
Years ago, I was diagnosed with a cancer that was NOT due to anything I did. If my doctor told me that all I had to do to survive that cancer is eat right and exercise, you would never see me pick up a piece of candy again, and I would be running as many marathons as I could sign up for. I don't understand why a lot of type II diabetics don't get it. All you have to do is be VERY strict with your diet and exercise.
I eat right and exercise. I am a healthy 172 lbs @ 6'0". I do bike marathons and triathlons. Even though EVERYONE in my family has diabetes, I don't. My brother eats garbage, doesn't exercise, is TWICE my weight, six years younger, and has Type II diabetes. I was there when the doctor diagnosed him. He told us how fat is a sponge, soaking up insulin. All my brother has to do is loose weight and he will be fine. Then the doctor points to me (of course, I have no fat on me) and says "now if you walk into my office with diabetes, you are screwed; you are going on insulin" (because I have not fat to loose.).
For exercise, if you are overweight, start walking for 20 minutes after dinner EVERY DAY and build up to longer walks, maybe hikes or jogs. Log it, post the log on Facebook, get your friends to hold you accountable. If you can't walk because of your weight, find a pool and swim.
A few years ago, I got laid off. I sat at home for a few months eating. I got up to 189lbs and knew this was not good. I knew what I needed to do. I started working out on the bike vigorously (ie, at the end of the workout your clothes are drenched in sweat.) 30 minutes a day 5 days a week RELIGIOUSLY. In 6 weeks I worked up to 60 minutes a day 5 days a week, burning about 700 calories a workout, keeping my heart rate around 80% max (according to my Polar heart rate monitor which measures calories very accurately, you should get one). Without too much change in my diet other than eliminating candy, It took me 5 months to loose 20 lbs. Yes, it was very hard, but it was necessary.
I get it, it's not easy. Neither is being without legs and blind. Time to make a choice.
Good luck!

Kiarra83 2016-07-13 23:25:34 -0500 Report

Wow you really dont get ot. Happy things are going well for you now. How dare you judge us , just cause you beat cancer. You have no idea what anyone else is going through. Your whole post was a pat on your own back…get out of here with that.

Anonymous 2015-11-15 10:09:53 -0600 Report

Wow what a hero! It's easy for you to do the life changes you mentioned but you sound like an ass to me

Midge374 2014-10-12 03:40:36 -0500 Report

I don't have the problems you have, except my urine smells. But it gave me constipation so bad they took me off the metformin. Now they will watch my levels and A1C and probably put me on some kind of shot I would take 2x's a month. Not on insulin. Maybe it's a woman's body thing.

Anonymous 2014-05-21 20:15:28 -0500 Report

I suffered the itching also for a yr n a half till someone told me about Gelmicin a Spanish version of Betametasona clotrimazol Gentamicina. After first application I was better n haven't used it again. Good luck

Anonymous 2014-05-21 20:08:58 -0500 Report

I lived with the itching for a year and a half and tried everything prescribed or Otc. Someone told me about a portion called Gelmicin …betametasona clotrimazol gentamicina(Spanish version) . After the first application I woke up relieved of the hedious itching. Good luck

DebReynolds 2014-04-29 19:37:08 -0500 Report

I just got feed up and decided to do some research on this odor I am having. I am so "glad" that there are a lot of you in the same position. Whew I am not alone with this odor . I am TIRED of it but the metformin does help has anyone got an alternative that helps?

Dana Kay
Dana Kay 2011-10-26 23:38:20 -0500 Report

I'm relatively new to the world of diabetes. I was just (mis)diagnosed earlier this year with Type 2 and turns out it is Type 1 after further testing of my autoimmune system.

I found a great nutritionist along with my endocrinologist and that dream team has made a world of difference in making this major life change. I was able to control my glucose levels solely through diet and exercise for several months before the Type 2 emergence. I've eliminated wheat/gluten and starchy foods and reduced my dairy intake and obviously sugar. It's made a HUGE difference.

We're all different with our own unique chemical makeup and I don't claim to know what's best for you, but I really highly recommend getting the support of a nutritionist or dietician. They can help you deal with your body's needs and get that list of meds down to a manageable level. The power of food is intense! Also, something as simple as daily long walks can make a big difference.

Good luck with your journey and breathe deeply!

quixotejane 2011-04-23 12:04:09 -0500 Report

I had the same problems for YEARS. Dear, it is called denial…and I am not trying to be flip or rude or scolding. I have been where you are. You have to get tighter control of your diabetes! Get it between 80 and 120 MOST OF THE TIME. When I did that - I stopped itching, stopped with the yeast infections, stopped the fatigue, and stopped the digestive pain/upset. What finally stoped me in my tracks was painful IRREVERSABLE nerve damage in my legs (neuropathy). What really enables my lower blood sugar (80 to 120 most of the time) is a high protein-very low fat diet… fat-free cheese, pan sprays, NOTHING DEEP FRIED, beef only twice a week, non-fat sour cream and non-fat yogurt, etc. Also (and this one is the HARDEST for me - I go to the gym 2 to 3 times a week. I started very slowly, but now I start my work-out with 10 minutes on the exercise bike (I can't do the treadmil because of my neuropathy), then an hour or so on weight machines, then I finish with another 10 minutes on the exercise bike. When you exercise your muscles they tend to work more efficiently -using the food you eat more effectively. The low fat and the exercise actually allows your muscles to accept the insulin your body continues to produce. And your body continues to produce this insulin which is or becomes ineffective and gives you belly fat. I am not a'gym-rat.' I hate going - but once I am there - and finished, I feel so much better about my health and my health continues to improve - and I enjoy life more! I will ALWAYS have the neuropathy - nerves don't really heal much - nor do they rejuvinate - but the OTHER symptoms ONLY REAPPEAR when I 'go off the tracks' for a few days and I don't do what I know I MUST. Take heart. You are not alone.

buffy360 2011-10-08 19:16:57 -0500 Report

Have you asked your Dr. about Neurontin or Metanx (podiatrist)? Heard B6-12 essential in helping nerve pain. This is new to me only experience helping folks. Be proactive with your Dr., if they aren't helpful they can find you a specialist. Good luck.

Anonymous 2011-04-22 13:39:19 -0500 Report

Hi! I appreciate so much everyone's helpful replies and compassion. I haven't replied to everyone but I am reading everything you are telling me and I thank you ALL for taking time to help me and for being so pleasant about such a private an dembarassing problem. I cancelled my doctor appointment for this morning, only because I felt returning to him would be a waste of time and money and if he said to "lose weight and get your sugar down" to me one more time, I may snap off his head! My glucose is down and I have lost about 20 or so pounds which he congratulates me for, but he doesn't address many of my concerns. Also, I went to pick up all my Rx last night and he didn't fill my insulin order. I have one bottle left so I'm okay for now but I get tired of jumping through hoops to get my medications. I take hydrocodone for the pain in my feet and ankles due to a birth defect and it's a verified reason, but he would conveniently "forget" to refill that EVERY month. Every month all my stuff would be there except my pain pills. I got sick of it and now see a pain specialist who doesn't make me beg or feel like an addict because I need this stuff. But my doctor just shrugs when I say I'm losing a lot of hair or that my eyebrows are sparse. Thyroid was off by one number so he said it wasn't a thyroid problem. I'm not so sure, having been treated for underactive thyroid in the past. I have lumps in my arms which he said are "just caused by" my weight, even though I've read that other doctors say lipomas are not caused by weight. The swelling in my feet and legs which has been going on since I was diagnosed Type 2 about six years ago, he just says that's my weight too. And it may be, I'm not denying that. But I am afraid his fat bias might be making him overlook things that are wrong! I asked if he wanted to biopsy one of the arm lumps and he said no. They keep multiplying. So today I finally decided after going back and forth on it, that I will make an appointment with a new doctor and start fresh. I'm not happy with this guy. And I got a couple recommendations from my pain specialist so that's where i'll start. Please know I'm tracking this thread and coming back to read everything, and if I don't reply, it's not because I don't appreciate your time and help! Because I DO! I will keep you up to date on what I find out from the new doctor. Thank you!! :)

Anonymous 2012-10-20 08:31:41 -0500 Report

Hello. I am glad you got a new doctor! I just wanted to make a suggestion, that after years of my legs and feet and hands swelling pretty awful I might add, my "new" doctor discontinued my Amlodipine besylate and increased my metropolol to 2x a day and increased my Lisinapril to 40mg. Well I can walk and I can also see my ankle bones for the first time in years. Sometimes it takes a new Dr. to reevaluate things. Good Luck!
P.S. Still wondering the answer to that "question" that no one has seemed to answer yet, as I TOO am wondering. Never in my life have I ever worried about smelling or tasting fishy. However, I guess I should just ask him because it's bugging me to know too.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-26 22:35:32 -0500 Report

Hi fellow traveler.
I have a question. Was your last doctor or your new doctor an endocrinologist? These doctors specialize in glandular problems. An endocrinologist can take care of both your diabetes and thyroid.
Swelling in the legs could be a heart problem so going to a cardiologist might be worth while.
I personally have diabetes and a benign thyroid problem that my endocrinologist watches closely and takes good care of. I have a very weak heart and at one time swelling in the legs from fluid retention. My cardiologist’s care has eliminated the swelling. I had to wear support stockings at first but through his care I no longer do and my shoe size has been reduced by one whole size.
GPs are well meaning but they only have a broad, general knowledge of health problems but not the specific knowledge of the many important parts of health care that we need. If finances and insurance permit, see these specialists. They could turn improve your health and thus your life.

ruby2zdy 2011-10-26 21:26:55 -0500 Report

I don't have diabetes, but found this site (one of the very few that mentioned my problem) looking for "pungent urine odor". I've suspected that I have this problem because of the amlodipine besylate I was put on about a month ago. And a couple of weeks ago my doc doubled the dose and the smell is stronger. SHE thinks it's some supplement I take, but I haven't started on any new supplements. I hate when doctors don't know things they should know. It's a chemical smell, reminds me of hospitals, but I can't identify it. I sure as hell don't want to get sexually involved with anyone until I get this problem solved. Since you take amlodipine besylate too, and have an odor "down there" that you find offensive, I'm thinking mine is caused by the amlodipine besylate.

As for lipomas, I've known people who had them who were not fat. And they had them removed.

I've run into trouble getting refills of controlled substances too. I had to fire my previous doc because he decided I was an addict after I asked for an Rx for occasional use of oxycodone for whole-body pain. He refused to Rx more than one month at a time of my clonazepam, which I take to control my anxiety. It works well, and while I was seeing him for 4 years, I only asked ONCE to increase the # of pills I take because I was still having the most ghastly morning nightmares you could possibly think of. I figured my night pill wasn't strong enough to keep these things from crashing up from my unconscious, and I was right. The FDA started leaning on doctors maybe a year ago about Rx'ing too many controlled substances.

I've read that some calcium channel blockers can cause hair loss. Also swelling in feet and legs.

I'm glad you found a good pain specialist and he gave you recommendations for a new doctor.

I hope I've helped. l I'm now on a quest to find a different Ca-channel blocker that won't make my urine smell bad.

BarGirl 2012-02-19 08:30:32 -0600 Report

I think Amlodopine Besylate (AB) might be responsible for vaginal odor too. I was battling hives and forgot to take my amlodopine one day and did not experience hives. So I thought maybe it was the AB causing the hives (which it wasn't), so I stopped taking it for several days. What I noticed was that the strong vaginal smell of urine was gone and I was back to normal. When my blood pressure started going back up, I began AB again, and yay, odor is back.

GabbyPA 2011-04-22 22:37:16 -0500 Report

Yes, that fat bias is a problem. Because even if all those things are just due to excess weight, then he should be offering suggestions on ways to overcome that as you loose weight. Some times you just want to shake them a bit. Ok, well a LOT. I am glad you are changing doctors and I hope you find one who is willing to listen to you more and not just blame every ailment on weight, diabetes or something like, well....maybe his laziness to research true issues.

Please keep us posted as to how it all turns out. It might be bumpy for a bit, but hang in there and make your voice heard. They work for you, always remember that. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/9433-feeling-like-it-s-you-versus-your-doctor

kitcarson 2011-04-21 09:23:23 -0500 Report

i understand really me too when i was first treated for diabetes it was in a sensitive place it took close to year for it to calm down i itched to bad i thought i would go crazy go see your obgyn and ask for a cream called clotrimazole it helped me but it took awhile i used it under my breast and it took about a weakl or two to really start clearing upyou have to get the numbers steady thats whats driving the itching and there called diabetic boils my roommate has them in her throat and she itches like crazy.until you get this under control right before sex wash with a vaginal wash thats made for woman it sounds like you ph. levels are off what i mean hormones are a wicked thing and it can make you smell funny the wash i mentened was called summers eve vaginal wash i used it before and after and in stead of soap for that one paticular area hope my post helps wear cotton panties they breath better stay away from tight clothing undies included .

Anonymous 2011-04-22 13:20:27 -0500 Report

Thanks kitcarson. :) I feel badly for your friend. I can't imagine having to deal with that throat issue. :( I will definitely try the clotrimazole cream and I'll look into the feminien wash too. thank you!

cirwom 2011-04-21 03:54:25 -0500 Report

I can identify with your concerns regarding the infections. I take metformin and sometimes I feel like I've got an odor, but I wen t to my gynecologist and she informed me that since I've got the diabetes, yeast infections are natural, due to the medications. She suggested bathing with two different cloths, one for my body, the other for my vaginal area, and to use non-scented white soap like Dove. She also mentioned allowing that area to breath whenever possible (like sleeping with no panties). She said to drink nothing but water, and that eating foods that are high in starch content add to the problem. I'm also very heavy in the breast department, and have gotten rashes under my breast, aggravates the heck out of me they don't last long, but I often wonder what causes them, for me it was just not taking enough time drying under the and making sure I had on a bra that lifted them high enough to stop them from sweating during the day.

As far as the oral sex goes, the only dumb question, is one not asked but if you feel that self-conscious, you should wait until you've gone to the Dr. Ask your partner if you have an odor, if you're relationship is honest enough they should be able to tell you without offending you, besides you would think if you had an unpleasant odor, they would not want to be orally active. I have to admit I am the most critical judge when it comes to things regarding myself, because I am self-conscious about my weight, and the issues caused by the diabetes, I assume that when i detect a smell, that everyone else can smell me too, and sometimes that's not the case. Take care of yourself and go see another Dr. if you have the means to do so.

ruby2zdy 2011-10-26 21:30:05 -0500 Report

For yeast infections, you can push a capsule of lactobacillus acidophilus into your vagina. If your meds are killing off your natural good bacteria, you can replace them this way. Just wear a panty liner.

Anonymous 2011-04-22 13:16:49 -0500 Report

Thank you, cirworm. I'll keep those suggestions in mind. The sex matter only bothers me because I'm afraid if it's the Metformin causing the bad scent, I may not be able to always detect it before he would. That would be humiliating. If it were an infection doing it, I just wouldn't be participating in any fun until it was cleared up. I'm seeing someone but as I take my time with that, we haven't gotten to that step yet. I was just freaking out about the future. :) Thanks for your help!

Mizzgreenjeanz 2011-04-21 01:12:39 -0500 Report

Just a heads up…that rash under your breast and the other ones mentioned may be in relations to insulin resistance. I got them when I was younger and it turned out that I had something called Hidradenitis Suppurativa. It's a common ailment with no cure that has many stages. Google it for more info! Lots of people with diabetes also have it. PCOS is another issue which it connects to and that also connects to yeast infections and diabetes also (women's infertitlity, apple shaped women, difficulty losing weight, etc.). But, HS causes sores or rashes or sometimes even painful boils. You can wash areas with Hibiclens soap…they have it at walmart in the pharmacy aisles and surgeons use it for scrubbing in. It's good about keeping your skin free from bacteria that makes those rashes thrive. Yeast infections sure can have an odor. I take antibiotics for my rash areas too so I have to take fluconazole for yeast. It's a one time pill from your Doc. Works internally which makes it fast. Also, activia yogurt in the light low fat form has live probiotic in it. So if you can work that into your diet it helps a bunch. That activia challenge isn't a joke! It works :)

Anonymous 2011-04-22 13:10:01 -0500 Report

Thank you, Mizzgreenjeans! I wrote this stuff down so I can pass it by my doctor. I will also look it up myself and learn some things. I have heard about insulin resistance but never read about it, thinking it didn't apply to me. I have never heard of PCOS either. I will look into those now. They aren't kidding when they tell you diabetes affects the whole system! Sometimes I find it overwhelming trying to keep up with everything it can do and all I need to know about it! I'll get some Activia too. Tried it once, not bad. I usually buy the store brand yogurts but I'll give the Activia another chance. I thank you a bunch for the helpful info! :)

doggier 2011-04-20 23:34:53 -0500 Report

Honey, Do not be ashamed. It sounds to me that you are asking all the right questions about your health. If it was me (only me), I would find me a good endo. doctor as soon as possible and work from there. Take all these questions with you. Also maybe see if he can get you to see a gyn.

good luck

Anonymous 2011-04-22 13:02:33 -0500 Report

Thank you, doggier. I appreciate that. I'm a fairly modest person and having to be this graphic, even with people I don't know and even posting"incognito," is very difficult. I was worried about offending people with too much info but there may be someone else reading this thread one day with the same problem, so I just think of that. :)

doggier 2011-04-22 13:09:07 -0500 Report

you are asking questions that someone else might be ashamed to ask, so i think you maybe are doing some people a favor. Also sex and your body is a natural part of life and you need to make sure everything is okay. So read as much as you can ask the doctors all you can. I would go in there with a not pad and ask questions. After all it is your body and your life and you only just have one of them. Enjoy it while you can.

Anonymous 2011-04-20 14:33:12 -0500 Report

I am always willing to experiment with myself for a week or so. consider stopping the Metformin for a week and see if it improves.

Anonymous 2011-04-20 14:31:18 -0500 Report

You are so right about the smell of Metformin! My wife was having issues with itchiness and smell and found it to be a yeast infection. she now takes something call a philbotic XXXX (soory, don't know the name or spelling) but it creates active good bacteria in your system. Her issues have decreased.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-04-20 10:04:14 -0500 Report

I've not had the fishy smell, thankfully. I do hope you figure it out and get it fixed. As for yeast infections I had one a few years ago (probably my first sign of diabetes) that would not go away. I took pills and used every cream I could get my hands on, stopped eating carbs all together to give the Yeast nothing to feed on and nothing helped. Until I hit the internet and found out about Boric acid and it's ability to kill yeast and not hurt your skin like the pest control bottles always say. I bought these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002BB5L0/r...

I used the whole box, it gave me an odd smell for a while but much better than that nasty yeast smell. And it cleared that infection right up in two weeks. I did also use some anti-itch cream with it cause I still itched the first week but after that I had no trouble.

I'm not sure how to apply it to skin on the rest of the body but a bit of research might leads to some helpful answers for you.

Anonymous 2011-04-22 12:55:55 -0500 Report

Thank you Bunny Cakes. I went to Amazon and looked into the boric acid and also found some homeopathic pills for yeast. I will take this info to my doctor. I didn't know about the boric acid. I have only used it in my laundry. ;)

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-04-22 12:58:42 -0500 Report

I thought it was a crazy idea too, at first. But after nearly six months of fighting a yeast infection I was ready to try anything that had even a smal chance of working. Thankfully it did. :)

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-04-19 21:21:54 -0500 Report

My goodness, I would first drop the sex period until I found out what is happening with my body. I would go to the emergency room and have someone take care of this itching and whatever else the problem is. I would then find me another doctor, no matter how small the town is there is someway they will have or will find a specialist for you if needed. I took metformin and never never had a fishy smell, I also take Lisinopril. You need to get whatever the problem is taken care of you could be spreading something to people also what about your partner or husband, he could have given you something—you cannot play around with these problems and you really need to handle this immediately. Good luck and do keep us informed

garysgal 2011-04-19 15:35:34 -0500 Report

You probably have Candida. It is the buildup of bad bacteria in your intestines. the only way to get rid of it is to take Multidolpus or a Probotic that contains live bacteria. Avoid any sugar if possible (this includes fruit-be careful) and know that it feeds on yeast and mold. Google it and learn all you can about it. It is horrible I know, but with persistance you can get it under control. I have battled it for 12 years and it will mean reading labels and giving up cheese if you have to. Try it out for a couple of weeks and if the smells go away, you are on to something. I am on Metformin and as far as I know, it will not give you the smell. My husband went thru the same thing and he isn't on Metformin. The fishy smell, pain or soreness you-know-where and the rash are a dead give away that it is Candida or thrush. let us know how you do.

vvanata 2011-04-19 14:59:02 -0500 Report

I dont know it if it yeast, yeast has a foul smell, but usually a bacteria infection in that area is what will cause the fishy smell You need an antibiotic to clear that up, however if you get an antibiotic it may give you a yeast infection, so either get the monistat as suggested or eat two to three yogurts a day to help prevent getting yeast. If you get dannon light n fit, it doesn't have as much sugar. Getting your sugar down needs to happen too, however it wont clear up the problem. Also make sure to have your partner checked for bacteria and yeast. If he has it and you are sexually active you might be passing it back and forth which isn't good for either of you. If you aren't happy with your doctor and you can't get a new one, then continue to bug him to make sure he covers everything. He is there to help you, look at it as you hired him to help you with your health, if he's not helping, fire him essentially, of course if you have no where else to go that doesn't work, in that case, just keep on him til he gets to the bottom of it. I think there is more to it than the high sugars, while you are more prone to that stuff with high sugars, something else is going on.

GabbyPA 2011-04-19 07:42:58 -0500 Report

My husband had a yeast infection when he was in the hospital last year and they used a lotion on him that helped him so much. it is called "All-In-One Perineal Lotion with Odor Control" It is made by Coloplast. It is made for at risk skin due to incontinence, but they used it for his yeast build up. In about two days he was doing great with it. We brought it home and use it to keep things balanced. He is NOT diabetic, so persistent yeast is not an issue with him like it can be with us.

Now, as Pixidust has said. High sugar will increase this issue and until your levels are lower it is going to persist most likely. I am like you with the fear of the odor thing. I hate it, but it is part of life too. I am not sure that Metformin is your cause as much as higher sugars. Though 200's should not be such an issue.

Have you talked to your partner about it? There are always alternatives to get you through a rough time and you might just be surprised at the answer that is given.

The other thing too may be that you want to visit a dermatologist to make sure that you are really dealing with an yeast infection. Skin can be sensitive to a lot of things, and maybe just the discharge from the affected areas is what is making you crazy. I broke out one time. I thought I had chigger bites as the break out happened after a hike in the woods. The break out grew and until it started to crawl up my neck and face I just tried to hide it. Once I went to the doctor, I found out it was hives from stress. (I was facing a lot of changes, big changes) So that might be something to consider.

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1cookie :) 2011-04-19 07:36:19 -0500 Report

I had problems with it with my Athsma meds…Rx of Diflucan was THE ONLY thing that helped me..I would come back every month w/ my cycles..I did not have the oral kind..The Dental regimine to get rid of it was almost a month of diflucan…If its burning bad see the dentist and get an Rx

pixsidust 2011-04-19 07:20:48 -0500 Report

First of all you do not engage in oral sex or any sex
when you have a yeast infection and thats what you have.
You do not want to pass this infection on as it will affect men.

I would go to Walmart and buy the generic version of Monostat, the extra strength one for 5.49 for three (not the other with 5, its weaker) and get two packages maybe three and clear it up.

It sounds like your doctor is correct in telling you to get your sugar down. Thats what you must find a way to do. Medicine is not our license to eat what we want. As you see all of us are different. You may not be able to eat some things even if it is only just a little. Find what works the best for you. Metformin does not make me smell, so I think its yeast. Metformin smells like medicine but your issue is the yeast. Smell does not make the connection. Read all the side affects of your medicine to see if there is a culprit some where else too. I hope you can work to get off of the pain meds as some of them are addicting and masking the problems. Good Luck

Anonymous 2011-04-19 23:22:18 -0500 Report

Thank you for taking time to advise on this. I didn't realize I hadn't made it clear that I am not currently "active" in that respect but neither am I an idiot. I do know better than to be doing anything with anyone while I am in this mess. And I do know that I am not suffering from an STD. I want to get this cleared up before I become intimate again which will be pretty much eventual and soon. I did some more looking last night and apparently, the Metformin Reek is not unknown, just that doctors don't bother mentioning it. I also learned that it affects B-12 absorption, another thing doctors either don't know or don't mention. I plan on seeing a different doctor and have higher hopes for that so I will report back.

A couple of links on this smell issue:

Anonymous 2013-04-20 22:59:22 -0500 Report

Thanks for asking this question. Your discussion really helped me. I self-inject B12 because my levels are low. I do it once or twice a week depending on my needs. I didn't know the lower levels could be caused by metformin. Good info. I haven't been sexually active in a while. Didn't feel well enough. The one time I did, I noticed an odor. I was HORRIFIED. It took all the fun out of it. I'm so glad to hear I'm not alone. That's a big relief. Thank you!!!!!