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Why does my vagina smell after my period?

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

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 vagina smell after my period?

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 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 like period but not on it?

Why does my vagina smell like period but not on it?

Bacterial vaginosis: Some women will occasionally have an alteration in the kinds of bacteria found in their vaginas which can give an off smell. Get evaluated by your doctor to find out, because this is treatable. 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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Is it normal for my vagina 2 have a smell after my period? It happens here & there. What can I do to get rid of the smell ASAP? It's embarrassing!

Is it normal for my vagina 2 have a smell after my period? It happens here & there. What can I do to get rid of the smell ASAP? It's embarrassing!

Bacterial vaginosis?: Nothing to be embarrassed about! The most common cause of increased vaginal odor is bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria. BV often occurs with odor only and little or no disharge. Trichomonas, an STD, also can do it but is less common. It's a little atypical for odor to only follow your period, though. This should be easy to diagnose and treat; see your doctor. Read more

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Why does my vagina smell like ammonia during my period? The rest of the month it does not smell like that.

Why does my vagina smell like ammonia during my period? The rest of the month it does not smell like that.

Vaginal smell: Menstrual blood can release free ammonia gas when degraded by bacterial and enzymatic action. It is exacerbated if kept on the pad longer or in some using oral contraceptives or certain supplements or diets. If it bothers you greatly, you can also ask your doctor to check your liver and kidney blood tests to make sure there isn't a problem there. Read more

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Why does my vagina smell like poop a few days after my period?

Why does my vagina smell like poop a few days after my period?

PROBABLY: Probably there's an infection brewing. But that might be a signal to see your dr and find out. Makes sense. Read more

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My vagina has changed in smell. More pungent and sharper, ever since my last period a couple weeks ago. But I have no other symptoms.

My vagina has changed in smell. More pungent and sharper, ever since my last period a couple weeks ago. But I have no other symptoms.

Pungent: Could be signs of a bacterial infection. Consider being evaluated. Also try proniotics and rephresh to replenish good bacteria and ph. Read more

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Am having A foul smell for 3 days now after a normal 5 day period and a burning inside my vagina. Can you tell me what is wrong. Thank you?

Am having A foul smell for 3 days now after a normal 5 day period and a burning inside my vagina. Can you tell me what is wrong. Thank you?

Various causes: Vaginal odor is usually caused by bacterial vaginosis - a nonsexually transmitted bacterial overgrowth. Other causes are possible. Vaginal burning can be caused by yeast, herpes and other infections. An examination and testing can be done to determine the cause 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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I had my period last week and it finished on thursday evening. Since then, I've had a strange undescribable smell coming from my vagina?

I had my period last week and it finished on thursday evening. Since then, I've had a strange undescribable smell coming from my vagina?

Could be BV: Bacterial vaginosis (bv) is the most common vaginal infection. It is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria, not a sexually transmit disease. The vaginal pH gets elevated releasing the fishy odor. It is easily fixed with antibiotics. Ask to be tested for bv. Other infections are possible so get tested. Make sure you did not leave a tampon in too. Read more

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Why does my vagina have a strong odor after my period is over but the smell goes away after a couple days? No other symptoms other than the odor.

Why does my vagina have a strong odor after my period is over but the smell goes away after a couple days? No other symptoms other than the odor.

Vaginal odor: This may be due to vaginal pH. Depending upon whether use tampons or pads. The vaginal pH may change due to the amount of menstrual flow. Probiotics are great option to consider and replenish seeing the good bacteria. Another consideration would be to use something to restore vaginal pH such as refresh which is over-the-counter. 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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Is it normal for my vagina to smell like cooked potatoes after my period?

Is it normal for my vagina to smell like cooked potatoes after my period?

BV? STD?: Odor is subjective. One person's "cooked potatoes" might be another's "barnyard", "fishy", etc. If new and abnormal for you, see a doctor. The main cause of strong, abnormal vaginal odor is bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria. BV is not an STD, but STDs are more common in women with BV. And your topic tags show STDs are on your mind, so check it out for sure. Read more

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Vagina staining my underwear brown & it smells bad. Not my period. What is it?

Vagina staining my underwear brown & it smells bad. Not my period. What is it?

It could be bacteria: Vaginosis. See your Dr and get clindamycin or flagyl (both antibiotics) for relief, and see if this gets rid of it. Read more

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