“My Semen Smells Like Rotten Eggs!”

Medically reviewed by Richard Honaker M.D.

I am a 22-year-old college student, and for the past ten months, my semen has had a fishy odour, and sometimes it smells like rotten eggs. I believe it started after I had intercourse with a new partner. 

After multiple STD treatments, the smell was still there.

I avoided all sexual encounters after that as I felt embarrassed. Also, it would be a massive turn-off for my partner, and if I had an infection, I didn’t want to spread it further.

I went to 2 GPs and a Urologist who treated me for Trichomoniasis and Gonorrhea. Each time after the course of the antibiotic, the smell subsided for a week but then came back every time. The doctor asked me to get urine and semen cultures done, but they came back negative. My STD tests were also clear.

If I had no infection, what was causing the smell? It was gross; when I masturbated, my entire room would smell. 

Nothing was helping with the rotten smell; I isolated myself.

I felt disgusted. Hygiene sprays, scented soaps, expensive fragranced shower gels to help counter the smell, but nothing seemed to work. My sexual, mental, emotional health deteriorated because of this. 

It was my final year in college, but I isolated myself from my friends.

You may be feeling terrible about the bad smell. It is easier to discuss with a doctor online.

I tried my luck with Your Doctors Online.

I resorted to Dr. Google to help me figure out my condition. Upon searching, I decided on talking to a doctor online. So, I downloaded Your Doctors Online, as it had good ratings. 

I was put in the waiting queue, as the doctors were busy. I got the impression that it was a busy app with a lot of traffic, which explained the excellent ratings.

After waiting for roughly 5 mins, Dr. Fatima Dar connected with me. She was polite and listened to my concerns patiently without brushing them off as unimportant. 

I learned that diet is as crucial as hygiene for semen health.

She went on to ask about any other symptoms that I may have. I did not have any rashes/bumps, penile discharge, nor urinary complaints.  

Dr. Fatima asked about my dietary habits in detail. All the things that I eat in a day and if my diet has changed in these past ten months. 

I am supposed to graduate from college this year, so I hardly find time to eat healthy meals and resort to junk food, plus my coffee intake also tremendously increased. 

I did not realize these things could have an impact on the smell of my semen. Dr. Dar began to explain how a diet rich in processed meat and garlic, excessive coffee or alcohol can cause the semen to have a pungent smell. 

Several factors can cause bad semen smell. An online doctor can diagnose and treat.

Hygiene sprays have no role.

She further enlightened me that the scented products and hygiene spray that I was using aggravated the problem and recommended I wash the genitals using plain warm water. 

Upon further inquiry, I stated I was uncircumcised, so she explained how the buildup of smegma could also cause a foul odour that, along with a collection of sweat and urine, can further worsen the smell making it fishy or like rotten eggs.