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I Like The Smell Of My Period Blood
Nothing: This does not mean anything significant. Different people are aroused by all sorts of different things. ...Read more
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
Why would my period blood smell like a dead cat???? I've just started my period back after not for having it for 6months
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
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
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
My period blood has an extremely foul smell to it. It's very embarrassing. Also, period is never regular. What could be the reason for it?
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
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
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
I had my period almost 6 weeks after I gave birth 4 months ago. Ever since, the smell of the period blood has been very foul. Why is that?
Depends: You may have an infection. You should see your md for evaluation and a culture. ...Read more
My period blood smells fishy and the colour is more brown than red. The skin around my vagina is always itchy too and has been for while now.
See a doctor: You may have an infection. Please see a doctor. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Hi, I'm my period started 4 days ago. And the most disgusting rotten smell is there from the blood. I'm really concerned. Do you know why this is happ?
ER: Please go to an ER with OBGYN on duty you may have had a miscarriage. It may also be a vaginal infection. Please see MD asap. Good luck. ...Read more
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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