Medical Questions > Womens Health > Menstruation Forum

Strong odor with menstrual blood

Must Read
Menstruation is a woman's normal monthly menstrual period. But what are the signs of abnormal periods? When is vaginal bleeding serious?...
Regular vaginal bleeding vagina is a sign of healthy menstruation. What signs and symptoms point to menstrual problems? Read on to learn the difference....
Menstrual irregularity means that something is wrong. Learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of an irregular period to prevent larger problems later...
User Profile
My menstruation cycle has changed over the last year I just turned 43 yesterday, it's embearrasing but there is an very offensive odor with the blood that was not there before, it's so bad even in the garbage bag with it closed it smells up the entire bathroom so awful help and I've noticed more peach fuzz on my face, Should I seek horomone therapy, What can I do?

Did you find this post helpful?
First Helper User Profile

User Profile
replied February 11th, 2010
Menstruation Answer A9939
Thank you for your question on

Odorous periods and menstrual bleeding are indicative of infection. Irregular, heavy periods are also indicative of that. Most often it is due to bacterial infections.

Naturally this needs treating with antibiotics. Other predisposing factors like any underlying uterine pathology needs to be treated, this requires examination by gynecologist including speculum examination.

In the absence of any pathology the symptoms are most probably due to hormonal changes resulting in dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Please consult your gynecologist for per vaginal examination, scan if needed. Hormonal assay is also needed to exclude abnormalities and know the cause for fuzz on face. Thank you.

Did you find this post helpful?
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our Menstruation , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.