ask: Do women smell different after menopause?

By Michelle King Robson Expert HERWriter
 
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Do any of you who have gone through menopause think you smell different than you did before? By that I mean the way your body smells to you, not that your nose is working differently. I always thought it was just me that felt this way, but tonight I read an article about someone else who thinks she also smells different now that she's post-menopausal.

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I am 54 and had no monthly period for almost 2years. Just recently I noticed a different vaginal odor but I got no discharge. I am on an anti bacterial medication (nasal inflammation) at present and was amazed to discover that the odor suddenly disappeared . So I guess unknowingly, i had a bacterial infection down there . But this forum is very helpful and gives relief. Thank you to all.☺

July 22, 2015 - 11:17pm
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I thought I was the only one. I can't handle some of the feminine washes that are supposed to help this problem because they are very irritating to the skin. One that I can seem to tolerate is Luvena. It is gentler than the big V brand that is advertised on tv. Also taking acidophilus supplements seem to help or at least seemed to help me for a long time. Lately nothing seems to help. Going to try drinking some baking soda in water since I read that it can be helpful for different types of body odors. I shower twice a day and cleanse in between and sometimes you would think that I haven't bathed in a week. Never expected to have this problem.

July 20, 2015 - 9:36am
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Anonymous

Yes it smells like something died in there. It did, my sex life :)

June 18, 2015 - 2:55pm
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Anonymous

I'm 46 and can't seem to pinpoint this musty smell down below. It's very strong and strangely occurs during ovulation, had hysterectomy last year but kept ovaries. I still went into menopause 6 mos after hysterectomy. However, I've started to take the "Body Mint" aka chlorophyll. It WORKs great! But I'm on the fence about the Vaseline as someone commented. Also, eat plenty of pineapple and drink plenty of lemon fused water.

June 18, 2015 - 2:42pm
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Anonymous

I thought it was just me!!!no point mincing words...I stink."downstairs" as my sister used to say and I find my head sweats and smells a bit like sour milk mixed with stinky socks.My mum never smelled when she was my age and neither do my two sisters.Ive gained quite a bit of weight and was blaming it on that but after reading this forum Im staring to think its my age.yuk! Ive actually noticed my husband smells different than he did so maybe its not just women!

June 11, 2015 - 9:50am
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Anonymous

i find the smell a turn on at times . i am worried something is wrong should i worry i am 44 and went throught The menapuase 3 years ago

May 2, 2015 - 3:23pm
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Anonymous

Thank god I found this I was thinking I was going through this alone .....oh my it is a funky smell & no amount of bathing helps I am 54 & in my 5th year of menopause. I HATE it sweats stink really us ladies get a rough deal !

April 27, 2015 - 6:52am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Some solutions have been found below. I hope you try some and that one works for you. Let us know if you find success!

Susan

April 27, 2015 - 3:38pm
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Anonymous

Hi ladies,
I, too, have been dealing with this embarrassing problem for a year or so now. Products that have a scent to them, like Norforms and fragranced douches, caused me irritation and just masked the smell anyway. I became so self-conscious that I started avoiding being intimate with my husband. After much searching, I found an unscented product called Ladybits Jelly that is working well for me. It helps to balance my pH, which seems to be the source of the trouble. I also started taking a probiotic supplement, Jarrow Fem Dophilus. I use the Jelly a couple of times a week before bed and the odor is completely gone. It has helped with dryness, too. These two products are kind of expensive (about $50 a month for both), but its well worth it to have my self-confidence and my sex life back.

April 20, 2015 - 9:30pm
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Anonymous

Glad to see other ladies on here that are noticing the old lady funky smell. It is just nasty. If I showered or sink bathed three times a day it might be just enough, but by morning it's back. It definitely has nothing to do with sexual activity, but something I too noticed after menopause. Hoping to hear about help for this problem.

April 14, 2015 - 7:32pm
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