We Notice a Weird Smell After Sex

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:44
Submitted by Betty Dodson

Hi Betty,

I'm currently on the paragard IUD and my boyfriend and I are not using condoms, praise the damn lord! All is great but I have noticed that when him and I have a lot of sex which is quite often, he does come inside of me but sometimes I notice a funky smell that lasts for a few days. To me it smells a little fishy. I know it's not an STD because him and I have gotten tested. I'm wondering if too much sperm all up in there can leave an after smell.

My boyfriend says it doesn't bother him and will even continue to go down on me but I find it gross and annoying, and sometimes will turn me off because I can smell it. The last time him and I had sex was Friday and we had sex multiple times but we also had sex 3 days in a row too.

I'd really appreciate if you could shed some light on this, I just love having sex with this man but would like to not have that smell. Thank you so much.

Dear L,

Yes, often male ejaculate can smell funky. Right after you have intercourse, sit on the toilet and urinate. Stay a few moments to allow his ejaculation to drip out. Urine is an antiseptic product and can be healing. Your BF's diet will determine the smell of his sperm. Less meat and alcohol along with his consuming more veggies will help.

The vagina is basically a self cleansing organ but we can rinse it out with clear water after our periods have ended. Also changing your attitude about the "smell" will help. Start seeing it as "sexy" instead of "fishy" and count your blessings for the wonderful sex life with your boyfriend.

Dr. Betty

Liberating women one orgasm at a time

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Sat, 11/14/2015 - 13:15

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Bacterial Vaginosis

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 05:23
EllenVig (not verified)

The smell may be from Bacterial Vaginosis.  Healthy vaginal pH is 3.5-4.5, and semen has a pH of 7.1-8. When the vaginal pH is outside of the healthy range, "bad" bacteria can grow more easily and cause this fishy odor.

Bacterial Vaginosis

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 12:58

I hadn't heard about this under that name so looked it up on my local medical website.

When I searched for baterial vaginosis (BV) on the nhs site it suggested a change in the healthy balance of bacteria in the vagina (BV) should not be a serious problem for most women (50% women with BV have no symptoms at all).

It suggested that there was no certain cause, but "risks" included sexual activity especially with new partners and also the use of IUDs, consistent with L's post.

Douching, using vaginal deodorants, washing with strong bubble baths/excessive soaps etc were all highlighted as possible causes as well. Basically reinforcing Betty's comment that the vagina is essentially self-cleaning and a quick pee after sex to flush anything down and out is probably a great preventative.

If L is worried about it, diagnosis of BV is by vaginal swab at your doctor's clinic and for those with a serious problem the suggested treatment was antibiotics (Metronidazole) for 5-7 days.

As always, there are side effects (nausea, vomiting, metallic taste). For around 50% treatments, symptoms return after a few months suggesting a change in behaviour/washing routine is required or a change in contraception away from IUDs.

Apparently probiotics are not proven to have any positive result.

Wishing L a succesful outcome.