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I have always been very clean and fresh downtown, in fact, men always talk about how there's no smell down there, but recently my boyfriend ejaculated in me and for a day or so later there was a smell down there. Is this unheard of? Could it just be our chemicals mixing together? Any suggestions? (Sidenote: I have an obgyn appointment scheduled)
Sarah: It’s definitely a thing, but not really something I would worry about unless the smell is gross. Then go to your doctor.
Dr. Debby: Was it a bad small? Or just a scent? Look, vaginas have a scent to them, but you probably wouldn’t notice yours because (a) it may be quite mild, as is often the case and (b) you live with it. Semen mixed in a vagina can definitely take on its own scent. I find it kind of fascinating, actually, and most of the time it’s almost a sweet, yeasty kind of scent that both partners may notice, but again mild. Less commonly, vaginal infections are to blame. Trichomonas (“trich”) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that doesn’t usually cause symptoms in men (and many men never even get tested for even when they supposedly get tested for “everything”), but in women can lead to vaginal odor, especially of a fishy kind. Then there’s bacterial vaginosis (BV); women with BV often notice a particularly icky smell soon after a man ejaculates inside of them. Glad you’ve got an ob/appointment scheduled for. If the problem persists, however, you can get a second opinion from a healthcare provider with particular expertise in vaginal and vulvar health. FInd one through the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Health and Disease (ISSVD) on issvd.org.