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Why Does My Period Smell
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Bacteria: Blood in the vagina encourages bacterial growth. That growth van result in an odor. ...Read more
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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