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Why does my period smell sometimes, and other times it doesn’t? How do I get rid of that period scent?

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Why does my period smell sometimes, and other times it doesn't? How do I get rid of that period scent?

It depends on what type of odor you are referring to. 

There definitely can be an odor associated with dried period blood that occurs if not thoroughly removed from your skin. The best way to get rid of this is regular hygiene, gentle washing of the vulva, regular use of hypoallergenic wipes like those LOLA carries, and regularly changing your pad or tampon.

There is also an odor that is associated with the vaginal microbiome being out of balance. If this is occurring, there could be an infection, and it is essential to discuss with your doctor. Bacterial vaginosis organisms known as gardnerella can flourish in the presence of blood during your period. They produce an amine or fish-like odor and often people notice after or during their periods. Another common time for this to happen is after sex. The best treatment involves the eradication of any infection and then re-establishment of balanced flora. 

Talk to your health care provider to help determine what type of odor you are detecting!

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