Tonights programme looked at the embarrassing problem of a fish body odour. There can be a couple of possible reasons for this that should be investigated.
If it sounds like you it is possible to get a Vaginosis test – details about the test can be found here.
If the problem isn’t just in the groin area and hasn’t been caused by bacterial vaginosis (BV) you may well feel puzzled about the cause. Many Doctors haven’t heard about TMAU but those that suffer know that it certainly isn’t in their heads. The condition Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) was first detected in 1970 by a group of doctors in Colorado who tested a child who was said at times to have a ‘fishy odor’.
In small quantities a build up of TMA can cause halitosis (bad breath) a fishy or garbage like odour but a greater build up of TMA can cause a smell of rotting fish as well as being sulphurous.
Symptoms can be present from birth, but most people seem to develop symptoms around puberty and through the teens however it TMAU can develop much later in life.
In women symptoms can be more severe just before and during menstruation, after taking oral contraceptives and around the time of menopause
Testing for TMAU
A simple urine test can detect if TMAU is the case of your body odour and if it is there are 2 known types – one is genetic and needs to be managed by diet alone, the other is due to bacteria in the gut and can usually be successfully treated with antibiotics and diet.