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Why your period blood has metallic smell

You are changing a pad, tampon or menstrual cup and you notice a weird smell coming from down there. The smell is familiar and you soon realize that your period has a metallic smell. You are a clean person so this leave you worried and confused.

Having your period is a natural part of being a menstruating individual, and it’s common for menstrual blood to have a distinct smell. The scent can vary from person to person, ranging from slightly metallic to more pungent, often described as similar to metal.

While this odor may be disturbing, it’s usually not a cause for concern. However, this smell should not persist much longer after the period ends.

The smell of menstrual blood is primarily due to the presence of iron, which is a key component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen. When menstrual blood comes into contact with air and begins to oxidize, it can develop a metallic or rusty smell. Additionally, the vagina has its own unique scent, which can also contribute to the overall odor.

However, changes in menstrual odor can sometimes indicate underlying health issues. A strong, foul odor, especially one accompanied by other symptoms like unusual discharge, itching, or pain, may be a sign of infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection. In such cases, it’s essential to consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

How can I deal with the smell?

First you need to remember that period blood smells are not noticeable to other people. Yet, sometimes, the unusual smells during a person’s period are related to hygiene practices. This means, that maintaining good menstrual hygiene practices can help minimize odor and promote overall vaginal health.

This includes changing pads or tampons regularly, washing the genital area with mild soap and water, and avoiding harsh chemical products that could disrupt the natural balance of vaginal flora.

In conclusion, while a metallic odor during menstruation is usually normal, significant changes in smell or accompanying symptoms should not be ignored. Seeking medical advice when necessary ensures optimal reproductive health and well-being.

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