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Why does my period smell so stink?

Why does my period smell so stink?

Uncertain: Infection? Retained tampon? Not changing pads often enough? Most women have a mild menstrual odor. A strong, foul smelling odor usually isn't normal. If you have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching burning with urination or sex or redness/swelling then it is best to see your gynecologist for evaluation ; accurate assessment. ...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 does my period smell so bad?

Find out why: Most women have a mild menstrual odor. If you have strong, foul smelling odor it is best to have it evaluated. If you have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching burning with urination or sex or redness/swelling then it is best to see your gynecologist for evaluation ; accurate assessment. ...Read more

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Why does my period smell so bad?

Why does my period smell so bad?

Menstrual odor: A foul odor from your menstrual blood may indicate a foreign body in the vagina. Check to make sure you have not forgotten to remove a previous tampon. ...Read more

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Why does my vagina smell after my period?

Blood breakdown: Incomplete evacuation of the blood from menstrual cycle breaking down is likely source of odor if otherwise asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Why does my vagina smell just before my periods?

Why does my vagina smell just before my periods?

Hormonal fluctuation: If the smell varies throughout the month and consistently changes depending upon your time of month, then it's most likely due to hormonal fluctuation, rather than sexually transmitted diseases/infections, which would lead to persistent alteration unrelated to time. ...Read more

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Why does my vagina smells after my period?

Why does my vagina smells after my period?

Old blood: Sometimes a vagina can smell funny after menstruation due to old blood in the uterus/vagina. If it happens every cycle, then likely isn't infection, but if happens other times, then you may want to be evaluated to rule out bacterial vaginosis as cause. Not much to be done. Can consider a gentle vinegar douch if it bothers you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why does my vagina smell after my period is over?

Why does my vagina smell after my period is over?

See a Provider: A funny smell coming from the vagina may mean infection. So, please see a provider and check this out! ...Read more

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Why does my vagina smell after my period ?

Blood: Blood has an oder. It takes a a few days for your period to resolve. If odor is still present after your cycle you may have a vaginitis. ...Read more

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Why does my vagina smell during my period?

Vaginal odor varies: Vag odor may vary with activity or even with diet. Citrus fruits may cause sweet smell or taste. Normal vag odor may be "musky".A fishy odor suggests a bacterial vaginosis. A foul odor may suggest the std trichomonas.Use of lubricants or birth control options can change the odor.Yeast infections may smell like bread, and often have a thick white discharge.The presence of blood changes the odor. ...Read more

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Why does my urine smell after my period has finished?

Infection: Menses and tampon use can associate with infection in the vagina. Voided urine can then become unusually odorous. Odor in the urine can be caused by yeast, bacteria, or old blood and associated ammonia. Certain foods can make urine odorous, also. Asparagus is well known to do this. Force fluids to see if this problem abates. You may require urine testing and urine culture and pelvic exam ...Read more

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Why does my vagina smell?

Why does my vagina smell?

Usually bacteria: There are normally a number of different bacteria and yeast present in the vagina. Over 70% of women have gardnerella vaginalis in the vagina. The different bacteria keep each other in check and the vagina typically has a benign odor. When one bacteria overgrows (especially g. Vaginalis) a foul odor can occur. Other reasons for an odor are infections (pid), yeast, and foreign body (lost tampon). ...Read more

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Why does my period smell sickley sweet?

Why does my period smell sickley sweet?

Hmmm?: Blood definitely has a sweet smell to it, maybe it's completely normal? When the ph of the vagina is off, the smell is typically more fishy. Other than that, there really aren't any other concerning smells to be worried about other than fishy-- which is very distinctive. Likely your smell is normal. Not being there, you can ask your mother? She's had many menstrual cycles and likely knows. ...Read more

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Why does my discharge smell like cum?

Why does my discharge smell like cum?

I don't know: If you have vaginal discharge that has odor, causes burning, swelling, redness or itching - please seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Why does my discharge smell rotten?

Why does my discharge smell rotten?

Infection?: This is likely from an infection. See GYN. Bacterial vaginosis can cause one of the worst odors. ...Read more

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Why does my menustration smell like amonia?

Why does my menustration smell like amonia?

Infection: Sounds like it could be an infection. You should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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After sex why does my vagina smell?

After sex why does my vagina smell?

Secretions: Depending on any chemicals used during sex (lubricants, etc) the smell is most likely just a "stirring" of the smells inside the vagina along with any ejaculate that may be present. Semen has a "smell" unto itself. If using a condom, they have their odor. If you are having a foul or offensive odor, perhaps you have a bacterial vaginosis. A fishy odor is usually bv. Get checked and get treated. ...Read more

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Why does my labia smell weird?

Why does my labia smell weird?

Many reasons: There are a variety of reasons that may produce an unpleasant odor of the female genitalia with bacterial vaginosis and candidal vaginitis as the two most common reasons. You should meet with your gynecologist for an exam. ...Read more

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