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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Why does my period smell so bad?

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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I have a very bad smell when I am on my period. It also has a brown-ish color. What can that be?

I have a very bad smell when I am on my period. It also has a brown-ish color. What can that be?

Bloody smell: Often times some people have difficulty with the smell of old blood in general, which really can be normal, kind of like how passing gas is a bad smell but you get used to your own...Sometimes though blood becomes a medium for bacteria to grow and you can get bacterial vaginosis. Ask your doctor to test you. ...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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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 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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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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I have been off of my period for about 4 days and my vagina still smells bad. I have washed it twice a day and it doesn't help. Why does it smell bad?

I have been off of my period for about 4 days and my vagina still smells bad. I have washed it twice a day and it doesn't help. Why does it smell bad?

If...: If the smell is like fishy in quality it could be related to a bacterial vaginosis, which is an infection of the vagina esp. if associated with burning sensation, urinary urgency and frequency, and discharge. If that is the case get evaluated with your GYN provider for treatment. ...Read more

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