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Does Your Vagina Smell Different After Sex? You Know Sex Has A Scent

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Even once you're a grown-ass woman, it's normal to have questions about sex now and then. No one knows everything about this topic, and lifelong learning is a great goal, anyway. For instance, does your vagina smell different after sex? In most cases it's perfectly normal, but there are a few scenarios that may call for a doctor's visit.

For the most part, having sex is going to result in some definite muskiness around your vaginal area, particularly if you're going for penetrative sex with a penis. This says nothing bad about you or your partner's hygiene habits, because it's actually due to the chemical reactions that take place when you swap body fluids. As noted in Women's Health, the vagina's environment is typically acidic, whereas semen is alkaline (AKA basic). This combination of elements creates that totally separate and distinct "sex" smell you know and love.

Again, this is all just a natural byproduct of bodily chemical reactions. That said, if this scent leaves you feeling less than fresh, then opting for condoms, wearing breathable underwear, or showering with mild soap right after sex can mitigate the smell, as noted in New Health Advisor. And, if it makes you feel any better, just remember it's also your partner's fault for being so basic (in the pH sense, at least).

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That said, there are a few cases in which a strong post-sex smell may point to some potential health issues. According to WebMD, the infection known as bacterial vaginosis (BV) is characterized by a strong, somewhat "fishy" odor that may become more pungent after sex. In this case, you may want to visit your doctor for a diagnosis. Although it may weird you out a bit, cases of BV can usually be cleared up in a couple days with antibiotics, as noted on WebMD. It isn't a lifelong affliction or anything.

As always, if anything about your vagina seems concerning, then don't hesitate to visit your doctor for a check-up. In general, however, a mild post-sex scent is no cause for alarm. It's just your body's perfectly natural response to the physical reactions of sex.