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My partner and I had unprotected sex, I am on the pill for birth control. He ejaculated twice in me and then hours later I started to have a fishy odor from my Vagina. Is that normal because of the semen? Or is it a possible infection?

By January 18, 2015 - 10:17pm
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Hello Maggie03,

Are you having any other vaginal symptoms, such as itching, irritation or unusual discharge?

A fishy vaginal odor is not caused by semen.

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection that causes a vaginal odor. It occurs because of an overgrowth of the bacteria normally found in the vagina.

Trichomoniasis, which is a sexually transmitted infection, can lead to vaginal odor.

Poor hygiene can lead to a fishy vaginal odor.

If the odor persists and you develop vaginal itching, burning, irritation or unusual discharge, call your doctor.

In the meantime, wash your external genital area with a very small amount of mild, unscented soap and lots of water. Avoid douching.


January 19, 2015 - 10:00am
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