Semaglutide (commonly referred to as Ozempic) is one well-known name brand of Semaglutide drug. Semaglutide is a wonder drug to many, helping many lose weight and maintain it. But there are some side effects, especially when it comes to your vulva.

What is Semaglutide?

Used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, Semaglutide falls under the category of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. Its primary function is to increase insulin production while decreasing the glucose production in the liver. Although Semaglutide proves to be an effective diabetes medication, there are some side effects to your vulva and body. 

Top 4 Common Side Effects of Semaglutide

  • Yeast infections
  • Vaginal inflammation & itching
  • It can change the smell of your urine 
  • It can alter body odor

Semaglutide: Yeast Infections - Causes

Vaginal yeast infections happen due to an overgrowth of Candida, a naturally-occurring fungus in the body. Semaglutide may interfere with the natural balance between bacteria and yeast in the body, potentially resulting in yeast overgrowth and subsequent infection development.

Semaglutide: Yeast Infections - Symptoms 

Similarly to yeast infections not caused by Semaglutide, symptoms may include

  • Cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Vulvar irritation
  • Vaginal inflammation
  • Painful urination 
  • Discomfort during intercourse

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Semaglutide: Yeast Infections - At-home Remedy & Medical Treatment

At-home Remedy

Our Boric Acid Suppositories are a naturally fast and efficient way to treat yeast infections at home or elsewhere. You can relieve yourself from irritation from yeast infections within 1 to 2 days. When used vaginally, our medical-grade boric acid, sourced from seawater, resulted in immediate symptom relief from bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast infections for 95% of women using our natural, mess-free boric acid capsules.

Medical Treatment

If you experience yeast infections during your course of treatment with Semaglutide, it is crucial to seek advice from your medical provider for a precise diagnosis and course of treatment. Lack of treatment or inadequate care for yeast infection may worsen symptoms or lead to future infections.

Semaglutide: Urine Smell Changes - Causes

Those who take Semaglutide may temporarily experience changes in their urine smell, such as a strong, unusual odor. Unlike a yeast infection, this symptom is harmless and will fade over time. Although, there are no definite causes for urine smell changes with Semaglutide. Professionals associate the changes with the medication’s impact on bodily excretion processes, specifically how the kidneys filter bodily waste.

Semaglutide: Urine Smell Changes - Treatment

  • Keep yourself hydrated: Drinking enough fluids can dilute your urine and lessen any strong odors. When dehydrated, your urine becomes more concentrated, leading to strong smells.
  • Utilize odor control solutions: Employing air fresheners or products that neutralize odors can effectively mask unwanted smells in your living or personal spaces.
  • Practice good hygiene: Taking daily baths and frequently changing your underwear and clothes can help reduce the strong urine smell.
  • Consult your medical doctor if the urine odor persists or worsens. If you experience additional symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible. 

    Semaglutide: Body Odor - Causes

    • Because Semaglutide impacts the metabolic processes in your body, it can change body odor.
    • Those who take Semaglutide may perspire (sweat) more than usual, resulting in body odor.
    • You may experience a lack of appetite or craving for new food, which can change your body odor.

      Semaglutide: Body Odor - Treatment

      If you are dealing with changes to your body odor on Semaglutide, you can make some lifestyle choices to manage that. 

      You can start by 

      • Having a hygiene routine and using antibacterial soap during daily showers.
      • Avoiding tight clothes & wearing loose, cotton clothing for better air circulation.
      • Using antiperspirant and deodorant can reduce sweating, and mask bodily odors.
      • Pay attention to your diet and limit your intake of hot spices, garlic, onions, mustard, and other pungent foods. 
      April 17, 2024

      This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.