A poster to one of our forums , ashley, wrote about her concerns of an abnormal vaginal odour after her male partner ejaculated inside her during sex. She also felt the semen would continue to leak out from her vagina for a week and was concerned the duration was contributing to the smell. To help answer ashley's question, it is firstly important to understand what is a 'normal' smell for a vagina. A healthy vagina is never odour-free.
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Vaginal discharge is a mixture of liquid, cells, and bacteria that lubricate and protect the vagina. The composition, amount, and quality of discharge varies between individuals as well as through the various stages of sexual and reproductive development. Normal vaginal discharge is composed of cervical mucus, vaginal fluid, shedding vaginal and cervical cells, and bacteria. The majority of the liquid in vaginal discharge is mucus produced by glands of the cervix. In fact, they can protect the individual from other infectious and invasive bacteria by producing substances such as lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide that inhibit growth of other bacteria. Normal vaginal discharge is clear, white, or off-white.
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Notice of Data Incident. NCH is providing notice of the event so potentially affected individuals may take steps to better protect their personal information, should they feel it appropriate to do so. Read Our Data Notice. Vaginal odor is any odor that originates from the vagina.
As women, we grow to learn what is normal and healthy for our bodies. The same is true when it comes to our natural feminine odor. Our noses can be the best detectives in identifying whether everything is ok, or whether there may be a problem. A healthy vagina may have a subtle but not unpleasant odor, but when the bacteria is out of balance due to an infection, our noses are likely to detect it right away.