How to Get Rid of Menstrual Period Odor

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Menstrual odor is usually mild and not detectable by those around you. Still, occasionally it may be strong enough to become problematic, and you need to take steps to eliminate it. If no infection is present, this means just a few simple changes in your menstrual routine. If infection is present, your doctor can help you clear up the infection and the odor.

Step 1

Get acquainted with your natural smell. It's not normal to have strong menstrual period odor, but it's also not normal to have zero odor. When blood comes in contact with air, it takes on its own scent. This scent is usually mild enough that others can't smell it through your clothes, but you'll be able to smell it when you use the bathroom or change your clothes. Your own menstrual scent is normal and you shouldn't aim to have a completely scent-free period.

Step 2

Take a bath or shower, even if you've already bathed that day. It could just be that some menstrual fluid is hanging around due to a heavy or thick flow. Wash thoroughly to remove any fluid. Bathe regularly to prevent future odors of this type.

Step 3

Change your pad often. According to the Eastern Carolina University Family Practice Center, you should change your pad or tampon every three to four hours. The more blood that collects in one place and comes into contact with air, the stronger your odor will be. Changing your sanitary product often prevents this problem.

Step 4

Avoid scented products. Feminine sprays, scented wipes and scented pads or tampons can make menstrual odor worse. According to the University of Chicago, scented products contain chemicals that irritate your vagina, which can lead to increased discharge, infections and increased vaginal odor.

Step 5

Get tested for vaginal infections if your odor persists or is very strong. Strong odor can be a sign of an infection like bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection or trichomoniasis. These infections are easily cured with medications. Once the infection goes away, the odor goes away as well.

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