Menstruation: bad odors
During your period, you may experience unpleasant odors. The smell can be from the menstrual blood itself and the secretion, but it can also be because you sweat more and/or faster during your period due to hormone changes.
This is completely normal and nothing to be ashamed of, but of course not very pleasant. You can't really change odors during your period, but the tips below can help:
Wear breathable underwear. Preferably cotton. The same goes for other garments if you sweat a little more during your period. Cotton breathes.
- Do not use soap for your vagina. The vagina cleans itself. It is important not to disturb the natural vaginal flora, this can lead to, for example, a yeast infection. Rinsing with lukewarm water is best.
Do not use tampons or sanitary pads. In addition to menstrual blood, tampons also remove all other fluids from the vagina. This can cause irritation. In addition, the chance of bacteria is greater (especially if you do not change a tampon often enough).
Sanitary pads do not breathe, this can actually enhance the smell during your period. A menstrual cup is a lot more hygienic and applies a vacuum, which means that odors are released less quickly. If you prefer to use tampons or sanitary pads, change them more often.
Are you concerned? Then contact your doctor.