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Offensive Vaginal Odor (Gynecology)


I personally feel fine. I am male, 32 and have led a risky lifestyle. However, luckily, I have no symptoms whatsoever currently. I have been diagnosed in the past with chlamydia and it was effectively cured but it has been more than 6 years ago. However, I have noticed in the past that not long after having sex with a woman many (not all) would get a horrid smell during or shortly after sex. I never noticed the smell until being with them a second time or more. It has a very strong smell, not just a little. In fact, one woman I was with accused me of having an STD because she got a yeast infection so soon after we'd been together. But, there were two other women after her who never got that smell or complained about the problem. I concluded that since I have no other symptoms whatsoever, and these past couple girls never had any symptoms, that I didn't have a problem.

I am starting to get more serious with a girl over the last two weeks. We did have unprotected sex last week and I didn't notice any smell whatsoever with her then. Last night we got together again and the smell was wrenching after having sex for a while. So now I am worried it's me causing it. I read about sexual diseases and female problems again on the Internet. From my research, it sounds like she had a yeast infection. There were STDs that can cause odor but those that did indicate symptoms, which I do not have.

eCureMe's Advice 1

I would recommend that you initially see a primary care physician to get tested for STD's to rule out that possibility--although by your description, STD's are low on the differential diagnosis.

If you use barrier contraception, does the odor still occur? If not, one possibility is that several of your partners have had Bacterial Vaginosis, which can be exacerbated by intercourse. Semen is alkaline and can raise the pH in the vagina, thereby giving off a fishy foul odor.

Also, it might be beneficial to evaluate your diet as the odor of semen can change significantly depending on your intake. Best of luck.

eCureMe's Advice 2

Usually it is bacterial Vaginosis that may have a strong odor. This can cause itching and discharge in the female. A male usually does not have problems, but this problem may be recurrent in sexually active couples. Treatment to both individuals with Flagyl may alleviate this problem. Also using a condom will prevent spread of STDs.

eCureMe's Advice 3

Hi: Some of the symptoms you describe could be related to a condition called Bacterial Vaginitis(BV). It is not clearly an STD but can be transferred sexually or flare after intercourse with different partners. It is quite common condition in women and very easily treated but can come back again. Please talk to your doctor about it. Also try to avoid any "designed" lubricants and wash your penis before and after the intercourse with soap and water. Good luck

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