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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

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?

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 might it be that my period smells bad?

Why might it be that my period smells bad?

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 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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Hi for the last 2 or3 periods a couple days before and during my period it smells bad. What could it be?

Hi for the last 2 or3  periods  a couple days before and during my period it smells bad. What could it be?

GYN: You should see your gYN and get checked for infection. Some women do have a certain vaginal odor around the time of their menstrual cycle; however, most importantly, get checked for infection. ...Read more

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Hi I have a weird smell before my period it's not fishy nor too bad . Do women usually change odors before period ?

Hi I have a weird smell before my period it's not fishy nor too bad . Do women usually change odors before period ?

Vaginal odor: Usual pre-menstrual odors are secondary to infection. Bacterial infections can produce unpleasant odors. Yeast infections are not dangerous, and are common just prior to one's period. If the odor is not unpleasant, it is probably a yeast overgrowth and is not serious. If this is irritating or produces itching, see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I have this gross chunky white stuff coming out from "down there" and it smells bad! i don't know what to do! I have gotten my period.

I have this gross chunky white stuff coming out from "down there" and it smells bad! i don't know what to do! I have gotten my period.

It is time for : A medical evaluation. 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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Hi my period smells so bad rather it stinks to an extent where by when i wear skirts people can't stay beside me. Also when am not on my period .?

Hi my  period smells so bad rather it stinks  to an extent where by when i wear skirts people can't stay beside me. Also when am not on my period .?

Odor: There are a few different possibilities that you could have such an odor. There are certain infections that cause odor. Old blood tends to get some odor. Retained objects, especially a tampon, could give a bad odor. Whatever the reason, there is not much you can do for it on your own. See your doctor for an exam and testing to find the cause. ...Read more

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My period this month smells, it's just a bad odor. Is it a change in pH?It Does not itch me or bug Nothing like that it's my first time this happens

My period this month smells,  it's just a bad odor.  Is it a change in pH?It Does not itch me or bug Nothing like that it's my first time this happens

Likely infection: Most of these problems are related to local vaginitis cages in ph can cause over colonization and possible in fection ...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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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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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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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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What does it mean if I have brown discharge a day after my period and it smells bad?

What does it mean if I have brown discharge a day after my period and it smells bad?

Usually Normal: This is usually just a mixture of old blood from your period mixed with normal vaginal mucous, nothing to be alarmed about. If it continues more than a week then see your doctor to rule out bacterial vaginosis. ...Read more

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When i'm on my period, the blood that comes out is a dark red to a dark brown color and smells very bad. Is this normal?

When i'm on my period, the blood that comes out is a dark red to a dark brown color and smells very bad. Is this normal?

Likely no problem.: Along the course of your period every month, usually there are changes in the color, consistency, amount and odor of fluid passed. If the odor continues to be strong or is associated with burning or itching sensation, you might have a vaginal infection. Call your doctor in a couple of days if it has not resolved. Breathe deeply and know you are O.K.:). ...Read more

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On my period days, i smell a bad odor too in my private area, is that normal ? Then when my period is over the odor is gone.

Likely yes.: If the odor resolves after your cycle it is probably normal. If you have pain or itching with the odor the see a doctor. ...Read more

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I had my period on the 3rd ended on the 8th and it has been 2 days and I am still spotting and have a really bad smell. What could it be? Thank you.

I had my period on the 3rd ended on the 8th and it has been 2 days and I am still spotting and have a really bad smell. What could it be? Thank you.

Forgotten tampon?: If you have forgotten to remove a tampon, then that can cause one of the worst smells there is after a few days. Check and see. If you have, when you remove it have a sturdy plastic bag that can be closed and sealed and disposed of, or the horrible smell will spread far and wide. If that is the problem, removal is all that is necessary. If that is not the problem, get checked for infection. today ...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 had sex for the first time 2 weeks ago, and i'm still bleeding like i'm on my period. Its brown and smells bad. ?

I had sex for the first time 2 weeks ago, and i'm still bleeding like i'm on my period. Its brown and smells bad. ?

Peace: Perhaps the bleeding is a natural part of sexual intercourse for the first time (torn hymen)? The bad smell may be from having old blood in your vagina? Could you have a sexually transmitted infection? Was a condom used? Questions, questions, questions! you are a smart young lady (you came to healthtap). Get all of your questions answered by your doctor. The truth wil set you free! peace. ...Read more

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I am taking my birthcontrol but I am still getting my period, but the blood is reddish white and smells really bad. What is it!

I am taking my birthcontrol but I am still getting my period, but the blood is reddish white and smells really bad. What is it!

Breathrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong. The odor should be evaluated for 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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Menstrual Period (Definition)

Menstrual period is a medical term for the monthly bleeding ...Read more