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nina_brown04
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I was wondering if a menstrual period causes odor. Yesterday morning my bleeding stopped but I still had some after discharge and I noticed that I had a bad odor down there.( I sniffed the discharge) and I noticed that last month during my period too. I had a bad odor after the blood stopped for about two days or so and then it was back to normal. Is my period causing this smell? Thank you
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Leabug
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Sometimes our discharges can smell a little different or stronger after or during a period, but they still shouldn't smell foul. Any funky discharge should be checked out by a doctor or gyn.

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KittenGoddess
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Also, what menstrual products are you using?

I used to find that when I used regular pads or tampons, everything would smell funny for several days after my period. I think of the chemicals used in the processing of those products just upset my natural balance a tiny bit and the mixture of my own bodily fluids and sweat with those products further contributed to the oddness. Once I switched to the Keeper and cloth pads (which, incidentally, save me a small fortune each year), the problem went away completely.

So you might consider what products you are using. Even if you don't want to switch to reusables just yet, you might try some of the unbleached/less processed types you can get at health food stores.

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nina_brown04
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Thanks for ur reply. It really wasnt a foul smell..just strong and different. I checked this morning and the smell is gone. I have been reading on the net that BV can cause odor during period. is this true? I had BV some time ago and was treated for it. If BV causes the smell, would it go away after my period was over or linger? I'm asking because I only smell this smell when I am bleeding or a few days after. Now I don't smell it anymore. Because of my job schedule I wont be able to get to a doc anytime soon, but I was reading on the net about boric acid. Anybody have any experience with that?

And I use Always overnight pads (I have a heavy flow).

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