Have you ever wondered what does sex smell like, exactly? You always smell a certain way when you have completed your sexual intercourse. There is a combination of scents you can sense after sex, which can be a reason due to a variety of factors.

Now, according to some sex health experts, it is believed that post-coital odor is perfectly normal, however, under special circumstances; it can also be a bit dangerous.

Why does sex smell? Here are some possible reasons for it

1. The combination of you and your partner’s scent:

According to Jessica Shepherd, MD, a gynecologist, every person, be it a female or a male, have their peculiar genital scent. Therefore, when you and your partner have coitus, your genital scent mixes with the genital scent of your partner. This mixture creates a different scent altogether. This can be one of the reasons why sex smells different.

2. Sweat
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As sex is one of the sense-activating activities and a highly physical one too, you and your partner are bound to experience sweat and perspiration. Perspiration adds its aroma to the mixture of your genital scents. When perspiration is added to the mixture, a whole new different scent is created.

However, some people often turn conscious when it comes to the smell of their sweat. Be that as it may, sweat is nothing to be so uncomfortable or conscious about. It is extremely normal. Don’t stress about it, otherwise, stress can add to the perspiration and sweat, thereby increasing the odor.

Now, that we know certain reasons regarding why does sex smell, let us know what is the smell of sex.

What is the sex smell?
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There are different variations of the scents of smell. Here are some of them:

1. Sweet smell

If you are using whipped cream or chocolate, you are bound to smell the sweet chocolatey smell of the food products. Using such sweet products are often a way to enhance and level up your sexual intercourse.

However, when you are using such products you have to be careful regarding where you put them and how you use them. Caution has to be taken because certain foods can irritate the vaginal mucosa.

When you are using sweet food products such as whipped cream, syrup, or even chocolate, the female partner might experience some irritation in the vaginal canal. If this irritation does not get medical attention, it might lead to a yeast infection which can even aggravate the genital scent and make it stronger.

More often than not, people use these sweetened products and not spicy products containing peppers. However, if you and your partner want to ‘spice’ things up, you can use it but you have to use it with extreme caution.

In addition to that, after using any product, make sure you and your partner wash your genitals thoroughly, not leaving any trace of food at all.  

2. Condoms

Mixed with the food scents, sometimes you might also smell the odor of condoms after sexual intercourse. There are different varieties of lubricants and condoms, available in different flavors.  

Be that as it may, as condoms come in different flavors, it is better to test some before buying an entire package. Sometimes, due to allergies to certain flavors, you or your partner might get triggered with a reaction and cause some irritation in the genital regions.

3. Latex

Even if you do not use flavored condoms, a bit of an odor can be created if you are using a strong latex condom. However, some people also have a strong allergy to latex. So, if you or your partner experiences a strong irritation or itchiness in your genitals, it is better to use some non-latex condoms, which cannot create irritation and will also not create any unnecessary odor.

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These non-latex condoms are often made from polyurethane and lambskin, which do not cause any irritation or itchiness. However, due to their unconventionality, these condoms can be a bit more expensive and are easily breakable than normal latex condoms. Not only that, but the non-latex condoms might also not protect you from STIs.

4. A fishy smell

Sometimes, due to bacterial infection or any serious allergies, you might sense a fishy smell after having sexual intercourse. If you are sensing a fishy smell, it is not normal, and therefore, it is better to reach out to your doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes, it could also result from a bacterial infection called bacterial vaginosis.

Not only that, but a male partner can also suffer from seminal infections which could lead to a fishy odor that you experience after sexual intercourse. In addition to this, a sexually transmitted infection (STI), trichomoniasis can also be the reason for the fishy odor that you and your partner experience.

Now that we know different smells of sex and the related reasons, let us know how one gets rid of it.

How to get rid of sex smell?

Unless you are suffering from serious infection or allergies, sex smell can be curtailed by maintaining good hygiene. If you maintain good hygiene practices, you will be able to keep your genitals lean and hygienic.

Here are some of the tips to maintain good hygiene:

  1. Make sure that you clean your genitals from front to back after having sexual intercourse. If needed, then make sure you take a bath after sex.
  2. If possible, remember also to urinate immediately after sexual intercourse.
  3. While washing your genitals, make sure that you use fragrance-free soaps or such products which do not create any unnecessary chemical reactions on the genitals which could aggravate the problem.
  4. Make sure that you change your undergarments regularly. Not only that, but it is essential to change your undergarments especially in summer when you perspire more
  5. It is essential to wash your undergarments using unscented washing products.
  6. Remember to take a shower after you sweat, as sweating can aggravate the odor of your genitals.
  7. While drying your body after shower use a washcloth and gently rub the area near your genitals.

These are some of the tips to keep in mind to get rid of the sex smell and have healthy and happy coitus!