Let’s face facts: menstrual blood is a mix off tissue lining, blood and an unfertilised egg so it’s never going to smell like fresh cotton sheets. But if you’re worried that you're producing a bad smell on your period, Pink Parcel’s resident doctor, Dr Yasmin Walters, tells us the best way to deal.
I'm experiencing a bad smell on my period...
"Your body changes throughout your menstrual cycle. As well as discharge changing and boobs getting bigger or smaller, your natural ‘fragrance’ might also be different. This is because your body produces different hormones that change the discharge, including its smell. This is totally normal and to be expected though. The blood you see on your period is the lining of your womb and this is obviously different from the usual discharge you will have, so it’s only natural it’ll smell a little different.”
What's the best way to prevent a bad smell on my period?
“Washing with clean water in the shower is all you really need. If you feel you need a bit of extra help with staying fresh, feminine wipes and sprays can help. They are pH neutral so won’t upset your natural balance or lead to further problems (like thrush). It’s vital you avoid harsh, perfumed soaps, so not to provoke thrush or other infections – which could leave you even smellier and sore.”
Will anyone else smell it?
"While you may feel that you produce a bad smell on your period, don’t worry. Everyone feels like this from time to time and more than likely that no one but you can actually smell anything. The best advice is to wash regularly, keep cool and be confident! Your scent is unique and part of being a woman. Don’t be ashamed of it!”
What are the signs that something's wrong?
"A very strong, unpleasant smell that is different from anything you've had before, pain, or change in weeing habits. You are the best expert on your own body. If you've got any suspicions or concerns, head to your doctor, they'll either be able to put your mind at rest, or do the right tests and give you the treatment you need.”