Fishy Vaginal Odor

Fishy vaginal odor is a common complaint among women. There are two possible causes of fishy vaginal odor, one very minor and the other possibly more serious.

Female Orgasm Regardless of the cause of your vaginal odor, you should pay attention to the aroma of your vagina. Every woman is different, and sudden changes in your vaginal odor may be an indicator of a bacterial infection or even a sexually transmitted illness. So it's a good idea to take note of your vaginal odor and become accustomed to what's usual and what isn't.

Fishy vaginal odor as an indication of bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection of the vagina. The bacteria that cause BV may have been introduced from outside the body by an unclean sex toy (or sexual partner), though sometimes BV is caused by unbalanced bacterial growth inside the vagina.

The telltale symptom of BV is a thin white discharge from the vagina that has an extremely offensive "fishy" odor.

BV generally lasts until treated, so see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes BV is an indication of more far-reaching diseases including sexually transmitted illnesses. See a doctor immediately if you're suffering from fishy vaginal odor after engaging in unsafe or high-risk sex.

Fishy odor after intercourse

The complaint of a fishy vaginal odor after intercourse is not uncommon. The explanation is completely natural.

The presence of semen in the vagina causes the releases of a particle group of amines, chemical compounds which have a distinctly fishy odor. This odor can become quite noticeable.

This fishy vaginal odor can be removed quickly by washing with lukewarm water and a gentle, mild soap. Don't use soaps that have fragrances, plant additives or chemical colors added, as they may irritate your vagina. In addition, some harsher soaps can affect your vagina's natural, healthy pH balance, leading to irritation and even infection.