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Is it normal for the smell of your vagina to change when you have sex?

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Is it normal for the smell of your vagina to change when you have sex with your partner?

Vaginal odor is a sign that the vaginal microbiome could be out of balance. If this is occurring, there could be an infection, and it is essential to discuss with your doctor. Bacterial vaginosis organisms known as gardnerella can flourish in the presence of semen and blood. They produce an amine or fish-like odor and often people will notice this after sex or after their periods, especially if there is a flora imbalance there to begin with. Microorganisms live in and on the human body, and one “ecosystem” they inhabit is the vagina. Vaginal flora is a reflection of the overall status of your health. If out-of-balance, there can be an odor. The odor is a sign that there are likely other areas of health needing your attention. Just like with gut health that is out-of-balance, vaginal flora can take time to re-establish a healthy normal. The best treatment involves the eradication of any infection and then re-establishment of balanced flora.

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