A poster to one of our forumsashley, wrote about her concerns of an abnormal vaginal odour after her male partner ejaculated inside her during sex. She also felt the semen would continue to leak out from her vagina for a week and was concerned the duration was contributing to the smell. To help answer ashley's question, it is firstly important to understand what is a 'normal' smell for a vagina.
Humans, at their most basic, are smelly beings. So many things about us have a scent, be it our sweat, hair, mouth, or freaking feet. And even if it smells bad, that doesn't necessarily trigger cause for concern.
Every healthy woman has her own noticeable vaginal odor, even if she practices proper hygiene. It is similar to light fermented milk or musk. However, the odor is not always the same. For example, the vaginal odor can become more unpleasant after unprotected heterosexual intercourse.
Every vagina has its own odor. Most women describe it as a musky or slightly sour smell, which are both normal. While most vaginal odors are caused by bacteria, sometimes your urine can also affect the smell.
Unusual vaginal odor happens from time to time. Intercourse may also change the smell temporarily. Your vagina cleanses itself naturally.
While recent research has helped experts better understand that good bacteria contributes to a healthy vagina, women still may be confused. Does this mean they should eat yogurt or take probiotics? What exactly makes a vagina healthy?
Vaginal odor may vary throughout your menstrual cycle and may be especially noticeable right after having sex. Normal sweating also can cause a vaginal odor. Though it may be tempting to douche or use a vaginal deodorant to decrease vaginal odor, these products may actually increase irritation and other vaginal symptoms. Bacterial vaginosis — an overgrowth of normally occurring vaginal bacteria — is the most common vaginal infection that causes a vaginal odor.
Every vagina is different, and that includes the smell that accompanies it. Some women talk about having a "fishy" smelling vagina, while other may say their's has a staler scent. Don't panic yet, though.