9:46 am - 04/27/2012

Odor After Sex

I just want to know that this is completely normal. I'm fluid bonded with my partner (and have been with partners in the past) and Im STI/STD free, as is he. Anyway, even when I clean up afterwards, especially if this is "night sex", I still smell like the Gordon's Fisherman plant. I will wake up in the morning and the odor will blow me over. Its bad enough that my cats will try burying it with the blankets. I just want to be reassured that its normal for guy fluids and girl fluids to mix together and smell totally wretched.

And yes, the smell does go away after a shower and through washing, but even if I do that at night, there will still be the tell tell I HAD SEX smell left there in the morning and I'll have to wash again...and again...for the smell to go away completely.
ex_swaggerd 27th-Apr-2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not much help in this department, but my sister takes a shower first thing the morning after her and her husband have sex because she says she has that "sex smell". So I'm assuming it's fairly normal then?
stacyinthecity 27th-Apr-2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
Have you been tested for BV? It isn't an STI. Even women who are not sexually active can get it. It is just an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina and one of the symptoms is a particularly fishy odor, especially after sex.
creativexangst 27th-Apr-2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
I was actually just tested for that about 3 months ago. I was negative.
atalanta0jess 27th-Apr-2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
Did you have the smell 3 months again too? It sounds like tell tale BV symptomology to me...if it wasn't present when you were tested 3 months ago, I would get tested again, since BV is one of those things that can just show up.

If you did have the smell at the time you were tested (and i don't necessarily mean AT THAT MOMENT, but you know...if you'd had sex that day you WOULD have had the smell), and don't have any other symptoms, it may be normal for you.
creativexangst 29th-Apr-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
I've had it as long as we've been together which is over a year, so Im pretty confident in the negative results.
archangelbeth 27th-Apr-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
As the other two posts suggest... having an odor after sex-with-ejaculation-in-vagina is pretty common -- but it's also worth getting a swab, because BV can also cause that. There's a decent chance that the diagnosis will be "normal for you," but if you can afford it, getting that confirmation (as untreated BV has the potential to become a uterine infection) could be useful.
sweetequilibria 27th-Apr-2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
Haha, I like the way you worded that.

I've experienced this a number of times, sometimes it's worse than others, and sometimes it doesn't happen at all. But in my experience, it's fairly normal.

Like the other person said though, BV could be a possibility. But I didn't have BV when I experienced it.
patchworkorange 27th-Apr-2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
BV will usually show up in odor DURING sex...you will notice it sometimes. BV attaches to your vaginal walls and the friction will release it's telltale scent during the act. The first time I realized there was something wrong down there was a first time sexual encounter and I remember wondering if he could smell it too, omg.

Bodily fluids allowed to sit overnight is referred to as "fermented cum" by me lol. I try to make sure to swipe out as much of the semen as I can after to reduce that, but a scent is normal otherwise.
gryphonwing 27th-Apr-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
I am filing "fermented cum" under "reasons I'm glad I'm gay" right now. :D

Perfect descriptive phrase, I think. :)
bluetoesocks 28th-Apr-2012 12:31 am (UTC)
amen to that /unhelpful comment
anowyn 27th-Apr-2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
I get an odor too - I think it's primarily from my husband's cum. It definitely gets funkier as time wears on.
Like the above poster I try to wipe it out, usually using baby wipes, but some will always find its way up further to hide and then come out later (sometimes even almost two days later!)

I think it's pretty normal, but if the smell changes from the norm or if it bothers you severely it certainly wouldn't hurt to bring it up next time you head in to a doctor =)
dkwgdk 27th-Apr-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
I get this, despite negative BV tests. I do think it's pretty normal. My experience has also been that this happens more with some partners than others. I have a squirting problem (by which I mean it's a problem for me because it makes a mess that I have to clean up) and so I'm already wiping off my nether bits after sex...but that seems to be the best way to cope with the problem for me.
hairballsplat 27th-Apr-2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
sounds normal to me. i almost always shower afterwards...i don't like the 'leaking' fluids and the smell if i don't clean up immediately after.
mewsicfreak 27th-Apr-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Totally normal :-P
knittinggoddess 28th-Apr-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
I get a post-sex smell too, and suspect that the presence of semen is triggering a mild imbalance. Here's how I manage it:
* Drink lots of water regularly.
* After sex, scoop out as much semen as I can with my finger, so there's not a whole lot left to, uh, ferment.
* Rinse off my vulva post-sex (actually, this is part of my UTI prevention strategy), wiping up as much sweat and lube as possible.
* Take regular probiotics, be it yogurt or a pill.
* Water, water, water, and when I've been drinking a lot of coffee or beer, supplement that with more water.
* Slather my bits in coconut oil, then dab on a tiny amount of pure tea tree oil, to deodorize and kill any external infection.
* If needed, go to home yeast/BV remedies as outlined on vaginapagina.com: I use diluted apple cider vinegar to gently douche, or insert a garlic clove for several days.

Generally, I only get a strong smell if I'm near my period and have slacked off on several of the prevention steps above. (Usually the hydration and the scooping.)

I'd also look at your lube to see if it contains something that's making things worse, such as glycerin or parabens. Coconut oil is a beloved lube around here (but it degrades latex, so watch out if you have a Keeper or cheap silicone sex toys, or use condoms on sex toys).

Edited at 2012-04-28 12:13 am (UTC)
misspaigeb 28th-Apr-2012 02:17 am (UTC)
Normal for me too. After I take a shower or a day has passed it goes away.

I also used to get this nasty snot-looking discharge the day after.
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