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Why does my period smell different than usual?

Question Posted Friday September 11 2009, 2:56 pm

I've never had a "smelly" period before and I just started today. My period is always exactly 28 days after my last one and this one has been right on track. This time it smells different though! I mean, usually it just smells like blood but today it smells like something else too. I can't describe it but it smells nasty.

I am a VERY clean person! Sometimes I shower 2 times a day even when I'm not on my period. Why does my period smell different this time? Is it because I ate something different than usual? Do I have an infection? Should I see a doctor?

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karenR answered Saturday September 12 2009, 12:38 am:
I believe that we all know our own body better than anyone else. If anything ever...this smell included, seems odd or not quite right to you, see your doctor.

It may be absolutley normal. But, you will feel so much better knowing for certain. So call your doctors office and make an appointment. You do not
have to be having your period when you go in. If it
is some sort of infection or bacteria causing it to smell different, it will show up in any test they give you.

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itdependsonyoux3 answered Friday September 11 2009, 10:02 pm:
Don't freak out :] hahaa. It might not be anything serious, it's pretty normal for a girl to have a smelly period from time to time. This could be happening for a couple different reasons...

1. are you wearing pads or tampons? sometimes, from personal experience, pads start to smell after a while if theyre not scented. so you can try getting scented pads or tampons if the smell just isn't getting better.

2. make sure to use wipes down there throughout the day during the days you have your period [its also a good idea to do even if you aren't on your period, keeps it clean.]

3. it could possibly because of a change in your diet. believe it or not, but foods have a slight effect on the smell of your discharge and the smell during your periods.

You seem totally fine; but if it starts to itch or burn when you pee, you might have an infection and I would suggest going to see your doctor and/or gynocolegist. Good luck ! have fun. and don't sweat it so much :] hope i helped, xxo.

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