My Ovacome
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Hi everyone

This is not something that I ever thought I would be announcing to the world, but know enough about this site to know that we all feel able to talk about the most of intimate of subjects.

When I was diagnosed with OC (3b) I had not had any symptoms. I now recall that for a year or eighteen months prior to diagnosis I had been suffering from a strong vaginal odour. There was no discharge and I presumed it was vaginal vaginitis and tried various non-prescribed treatments that didn't really work.

The smell was so bad that it permeated not only my underclothes, but trousers as well and necessitated changing during the day. Obviously I was scrupulous about hygiene, but used to avoid standing near anyone at work, as I was sure other people could detect the smell. You might wonder why I didn't go to my GP. Well so do I ! Embarrassment I suppose.

Anyway, to cut to the chase, I am now on Avastin and this morning suddenly realised that I have not had this odour for months. I am wondering if OC can cause a smell. If so this is not anything I have read about. My mind is now going into overdrive and I am imagining OC sniffer dogs who can be trained to raise the alarm!

OK, perhaps it is purely a coincidence that this condition has now cleared, but I had to ask if this rang a bell with anyone else.


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Hi Jenny

Not with me but worth mentioning to your Dr or CNS to see if they have heard this before. Be interesting to see what their response is. Kathy xx


I read an article just this week about using dogs to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages. I will try to find the article again. Dogs have certainly alerted their owners to a cancer before now, there are a few stories around, one was on morning TV a while ago -- a woman was alerted by her dog, not OC though.


Read and the Pine Street foundation, online


Hi Jenny! Wow.....I have had the same experience. I thought I was nuts so I've never mentioned it. I'm certainly going to bring it up at my next appointment!

Thanks and hugs!



No, but it was something I noticed, and realised after was a sign of, my husband's prostate cancer


I have had a similar experience. I even told my doctor I felt I was rotting from the inside out. I could get no one to take me serious. This was before my diagnoses. I have heard after research that they are training dogs to sniff out cancer so I'm guessing there is something to this.


Hi first time posting on here but I've been reading and learning from all the beautiful ladies on here.

You are not alone on this most of the ladies comments I never mentioned anything to my ONC.

Best wishes to you!!!!!


I recall this too but I never mentioned it..


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