Odors, Orgasms, STDs: Answers to Your Embarrassing Sex Questions

Excerpted from What the Yuck?: The Freaky and Fabulous Truth About Your Body (24 Photos)

M.D. on Oct 19, 2010 at 11:30AM

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Odors, Orgasms, STDs: Answers to Your Embarrassing Sex Questions

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Q: "Is it true that some women just smell fishier?"

A word about vaginal odor: All women have it. It’s completely natural and not something to stress about. In fact, most men consider the scent arousing. That said, if you notice that you smell unusually fishy or particularly strong post-sex, or after washing your vagina with soap, you might have bacterial vaginosis or BV -- an easily treated infection caused by an imbalance of normal vaginal bacteria. You should see your gynecologist, who can test for it and, if you come up positive, prescribe an antibiotic that should clear it up. One final note: While BV isn’t a sexually transmitted disease (STD), vaginal odor can sometimes be a sign of one, so your gynecologist may want to rule out that, too.

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