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Can semen cause vaginal odor? Ongoing problem for 4 years.

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In brief: Indirectly, yes

Bacterial vaginosis, or overgrowth of normally occurring vaginal bacteria, is the most common cause of vaginal odor. Bacterial vaginosis isn't caused by sperm, but it's easy to understand why some women think it could be because the chemical compounds that cause the odor associated with BV are more noticeable at higher ph.
Normal vaginal ph 4.0; normal semen ph 7.0 which causes chemicals to smell.

In brief: Indirectly, yes

Bacterial vaginosis, or overgrowth of normally occurring vaginal bacteria, is the most common cause of vaginal odor. Bacterial vaginosis isn't caused by sperm, but it's easy to understand why some women think it could be because the chemical compounds that cause the odor associated with BV are more noticeable at higher ph.
Normal vaginal ph 4.0; normal semen ph 7.0 which causes chemicals to smell.
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