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What does it mean if the smell of my period blood turns me on?

What does it mean if the smell of my period blood turns me on?

Nothing: This does not mean anything significant. Different people are aroused by all sorts of different things. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Why would my period blood smell like a dead cat???? I've just started my period back after not for having it for 6months

Why would my period blood smell like a dead cat???? I've just started my period back after not for having it for 6months

Maybe infection.: Hello Christine,

It is probably not the blood you are smelling but the blood mixed with bacteria in the vagina. Blood changes the pH of the vagina, and the foul-odor of certain bacteria become more easily identified. ...Read more

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Why does my period blood have such a foul smell?

Why does my period blood have such a foul smell?

Old blood: Every women is different, but in effect, the blood from the period is kept inside the vagina, almost like a baking oven, and it can be malodorous, which is common. Some women prefer douches, which come in several aromatic brands to help combat the smell. Discuss with your gyn the best vaginal cleaning remedies for you regarding the smell. ...Read more

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What can I do if my period blood smells bad, is that normal?

What can I do if my period blood smells bad, is that normal?

IT MAY BE NORMAL BUT: There is normally smell of blood when menstruating and that is normal and for some it may be very unpleasant smell. But if the odor has changed lately from what it was before and it is bothering you than see your gynecologist to rule out a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Should my period blood smell a bad strange odour? Should I be worried?

Should my period blood smell a bad strange odour? Should I be worried?

IT MAY BE NORMAL BUT: There is normally smell of blood when menstruating and that is normal and for some it may be very unpleasant smell. But if the odor has changed lately from what it was before and it is bothering you than see your gynecologist to rule out a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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My period blood smells really sweet I can't explain the sweet smell what could it be?

My period blood smells really sweet I can't explain the sweet smell what could it be?

Smell: As long as there are no other symptoms, I wouldn't worry about how your period blood smells. Blood smells different depending on how old it is. ...Read more

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My period blood smells a little fishy lately. Without my period I have no smell at all. What is the cause of the smell?

My period blood smells a little fishy lately. Without my period I have no smell at all. What is the cause of the smell?

Possible infection: A fishy odor may indicate an infection. Best to see a health care provider for examination. ...Read more

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My period blood always smells really bad I get BV alot so I was wondering if it may be something to do with that?

My period blood always smells really bad I get BV alot so I was wondering if it may be something to do with that?

Very possibly: If your vagina & genital tract seem to be colonized with bacteria such that bacterial vaginosis is frequently diagnosed, I believe the bacteria with menstrual blood could have an very unpleasant odor. Work on preventing BV: monogamy (reducing partners helps), condoms, good hygiene, wiping from front to back, not douching, cotton underwear, loose fitting (in crotch) pants can all help. Good wishes. ...Read more

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I just got treated for BV in late september, early october. My period blood has a foul smell to it. Is it possible BV came back?

Possibly: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Quick question. I got my period Dec.2, I've had unprotected sex and now I began to bleed but it doesn't smell like period blood.

Quick question. I got my period Dec.2, I've had unprotected sex and now I began to bleed but it doesn't smell like period blood.

"Period" blood smell: If the bleeding is bright red and not dark, then there was a probable vaginal or cervical injury that produced the bleeding. If the bleeding is dark like a period (venous type bleeding) then the "smell" doesn't matter only if the timing of the bleeding indicates that a period should be "coming down the tracks" a this time. Please use contraception in the future to avoid unwanted future "trains". ...Read more

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Hi. My period blood smells sweet...is that normal or do I need to see a doctor?

Hi. My period blood smells sweet...is that normal or do I need to see a doctor?

Yeast infection: Yeast has a sweet-type distinctive smell. If you also have a white cottage cheese consistency discharge and itching, you may try OTC treatments for Candida yeast infection and probiotics. Or you may see your doctor for vaginal culture. ...Read more

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I had placenta previa with my 2nd baby its been 18 months since the birth im now useing implanon for contreception. My period. Blood smells bad?

I had placenta previa with my 2nd baby its been 18 months since the birth im now useing implanon for contreception. My period. Blood smells bad?

Bacterial vaginosis: Vaginal odor would be unrelated to your delivery 18 months ago and unrelated to implanon. This sounds like infection and most likely bacterial vaginosis. Blood tends to make the odor worse with this infection. Treatment is antibiotics so you will need to see your obgyn for testing and confirmation. ...Read more

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My stomach hurts and my period blood smells I am aliitle light headed. Do I need to go to the hospital?

My stomach hurts and my period blood smells I am aliitle light headed. Do I need to go to the hospital?

It depends on: Several things. If your period is within last 1-2 weeks and you are not sexually active, then pregnancy is not the reason. If you are sexually active, but recent period, then you may have a vaginal infection. Or you may just have a bad period with some viral infection on board, and it may take a few days to get rid of the stomach cramping and light headedness. ...Read more

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Had a annual PAP Smear on 07/14/15. Results came back for all STD's negative. My tubes have been tied for 2 years. My period blood sometimes has a rotten smell. What can be causing the rotten smell? I never smell my Vagina smelling rotten only the Period

Had a annual PAP Smear on 07/14/15. Results came back for all STD's negative. My tubes have been tied for 2 years. My period blood sometimes has a rotten smell. What can be causing the rotten smell? I never smell my Vagina smelling rotten only the Period

Bacterial vaginosis: Very common around cycle to have a change in bacterial growth in the vagina with the "good" bacteria dying off to be replaced by "bad" bacteria which leads to a bad odor. It can persist after the cycle. It relates to changes in the vaginal acid/base status or pH. Symptoms often onclude itching or burning. It is not an STD. It is relatively easy to diagnose and treat if confirmed. ...Read more

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My discharge smelled like period blood, and today is the day it was supposed to come, but I have had no symptoms of my period. Stress?

My discharge smelled like period blood, and today is the day it was supposed to come, but I have had no symptoms of my period. Stress?

Some thoughts...: In a woman with regular periods, some causes of a late period include: excessive weight loss or weight gain, increased exercising, emotional stress, having an illness, traveling, medicines (like birth control pills), hormonal imbalances, etc… Seeing a doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome. Pregnancy is the common cause of a missed period, if sexually active. ...Read more

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My period is going longer than it usually does and now the blood smells bad, like a fishy gross smell.

My period is going longer than it usually does and now the blood smells bad, like a fishy gross smell.

See your doctor: This could be because of an infection and you need to see your doctor. If the bleeding is very heavy, you are very fatigued, you feel lightheaded or faint, or you are short of breath, you need to be seen immediately. ...Read more

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I have bled different blood that's not my period I had it for.4 days. It didn. Smell like period and ws sligh8tly brown? What is this blood?

I have bled different blood that's not my period I had it for.4 days. It didn. Smell like period and ws sligh8tly brown? What is this blood?

You may have had: Some break through bleeding due to an imbalance of estrogen/ progesterone. It can be brown if it is older, deoxygenated blood. Take care. ...Read more

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Why does period blood smell bad?

Why does period blood smell bad?

Possible infection: You might have an underlying infection. Go see your OB/Gyn and get checked for possible vaginal infection. ...Read more

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Common cause why period blood would smell?

Common cause why period blood would smell?

Menstrual odor: An odor of menstrual blood may come from a tampon which inadvertently was not removed and is still in the vagina. Sometimes a "new tampon" is placed when the string from the previous is not seen, and the "old" tampon collects bacteria and has a very strong unpleasant odor. See your gyn provider for an exam, since an infection can result which can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it normal for period blood to have a smell to it?

Is it normal for period blood to have a smell to it?

It can.: Not all menstrual blood is fresh blood. If the menstrual blood is older, it can have an odor or darker color. There are other causes of vaginal odor, too (bacterial vaginosis for example), so if you're uncertain, it's always a good idea to speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Notice my period start to have blood coming out is thick, black and smell like tar last for 3 days, and the red really heavy blood coming. Is normal?

No, not Realy: If you are experiencing a change in your periods, and you have had multiple stressors in your life such as surgeries and pain, you may be enetering premature menopause. See your gynecologist for a review. Premature menopause can affect your pain control, sleep, and bone health. ...Read more

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My period lasted 10 days and at the end blood turned into dark brown blood with a bad smell.

My period lasted 10 days and at the end blood turned into dark brown blood with a bad smell.

? infection: Dark coloring of menses bleeding toward the end of the period can be normal. Watch for signs of infection like sensitivity, itching. Probably just a long cycle, change the tampon, pad often. ...Read more

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My period has lasted about 6 plus days & my blood smells funny! I need help please tell me what It could be!

My period has lasted about 6 plus days & my blood smells funny! I need help please tell me what It could be!

Could be normal: A normal period can last up to 7 days but it could also be a sign of an infection. The most common symptom of bacterial vaginosis is a foul odor. To know for sure you need to see your PCP or gynecologist for a full history, exam, and appropriate testing. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Been on my period for 6 days now and I noticed yesterday the blood had a very strong bad odor. This period is extremely painful. What's the smell from?

Been on my period for 6 days now and I noticed yesterday the blood had a very strong bad odor. This period is extremely painful. What's the smell from?

Pain: If you are having a lot more pain than is normal for you, infection is a real possibility. Blood is a good medium for growing bacteria and the cervix is relatively more open during menses making it easier for bacteria to get into the uterus and cause an infection. See your PCP, GYN, or an urgent care clinic for an exam and treatment. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Hi. I've been on my period since the 9th of January 2018, having gone on the 26/12/2017. I have not stopped having my period. The blood smells terrible as well.

Hi. I've been on my period since the 9th of January 2018, having gone on the 26/12/2017. I have not stopped having my period. The blood smells terrible as well.

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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