Why Do some Women Secrete Unpleasant Odors During Arousal?


Asked by sh1ng

Why Do Some Women Secret Unpleasant Odors During Sexual Arousal And Others Don't?

My question of course, has to deal with sexual intimacy. I'm currently sexually active with a person whom, when aroused, secrets a very distinct unpleasant odor. Is her diet the cause of it? I've been involved with other relationships in the past where the person never had this odor. Is there anything I can do to reduce or even eliminate the odor completely? Please help.


Young and Confused


Dear Young and Confused,

The question here is whether your partner's vaginal odor is normal and just not appealing to you or if she has an infection. Vaginal infections have an unpleasant odor and are often described as "fishy" smelling.

From what I've read, it is possible that an unhealthy diet can affect vaginal odor, but it is considered rare. Also, some women respond to vaginal odor by washing excessively and/or douching, which does not help an infection at all (or can make it worse).

I know this may be an awkward topic to bring up with your partner, however if you do it gently and with a caring attitude it could be beneficial if she really does have an infection. If you're close enough with her to be having sex, I'd hope you're close enough to express concern for her health, such as, "Sometimes I notice an odor that is a bit stronger than usual. I'm concerned about whether you might have an infection."

I hope that helps a bit!


Jennifer L. Fee, Psy.D.

The Stress Masters

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