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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.:).

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