ask: Do women smell different after menopause?

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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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Yes. My mother had it after menopause - not all the time but the odor has gotten worse as she gets older - most evident in her urine but sometimes it gets so bad you don't even want to be in the same room with her. And now I have it, although neither of my sisters do. Fortunately I have been able to control it so far with Estring (HRT in a silicone ring that has to be inserted into vag.) Unfortunately my mother now has dementia so there is no way she could use Estring. I also don't like the idea of using HRT at my age (65). I have tried other things, (Vagifem) but so far only Estring works. I am still looking for something else.

February 23, 2015 - 5:54pm
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Anonymous (reply to SandyAsh)

I remember noticing the smell of older women when I was younger. Some of them were my mother's friends and I had known them to be very clean women and couldn't imagine that all of them just didn't know how to bathe. After menopause I couldn't stand smelling like that myself. I could smell it all the time, but more when I urinated. I bathed more and douched more, but by the next day it was back. A month ago I was online reading the history of Vaseline petroleum jelly. It stated that the inventor ate it. I recalled how my parents had it in our home when I was a child, so...I put a small dap of the Dollar General generic brand inside my vagina every night before my bath for five days. AND NOW THE SMELL IS GONE... PRAISE THE LORD! It's a month later and I check every day in amazement. It worked for me and so far I haven't had to do it again.

April 6, 2015 - 4:08am
April Stone (reply to Anonymous)

Hello, really you just used a little Vaseline? And, the smell went? Amazing, I will buy a huge bucket of it!! :)

April 19, 2015 - 1:22am
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Anonymous (reply to SandyAsh)

My first husband contacted chlamydia in Viet Nam and during our 5 year marriage I constantly had problems with yeast infections and odorous vaginal discharge. I was treated numerous times with prescription pastes inserted in the vagina, but never cured. After divorcing, I found a doctor who told me the yeast bacteria can change over time and embed in the uterine walls so the normal yeast infection products didn't work. He put both me and my new husband on Flagyl pills (I was un my late 20s). It cured the problem.
I've read that Flagyl is also used for bacterial vaginosis which causes vaginal odor. Vaginal odor due to menopause may be the result of the vagina having less lubricant to wash away bacteria build up. I would not recommend douching as douches tend to dry and irritate the vagina. I would recommend asking a doctor for a vaginal lubricant solution or vaginal product containing Flagil (metronidazole) or better yet, Flagil pills. The pills worked great because they killed all bacteria in the uterus as well as the vagina.
As a side note, I an 65, but never had any vaginal odor due to menopause, which I contribute to no sexually transmitted bacteria in my reproductive tract. However, I've discovered coconut oil as a wonderful product for moisturizing the outside of the genital area as well as odor control from normal daily bathroom duties. I also use it as my only deodorant these days. Coconut oil has anti bacteria and anti fungus properties, is easily absorbed by the skin, and has other health benefits.

March 22, 2015 - 9:17am
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I think hormonal changes makes our coochie stink, thats what I think....

January 31, 2015 - 3:29pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I think I read somewhere the lack of estrogen causes a chain reaction that affects odor. Thats why being on bioidentical HRT will help. Until seeing a naturopath or hormone specialist re that, u can take domg quai, licorice, red clover or cats claw, which are estrogenic herbs.

May 10, 2015 - 4:46am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I think I read somewhere the lack of estrogen causes a chain reaction that affects odor. Thats why being on bioidentical HRT will help. Until seeing a naturopath or hormone specialist re that, u can take domg quai, licorice, red clover or cats claw, which are estrogenic herbs.

May 10, 2015 - 4:45am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I think you're right.

February 24, 2015 - 2:35pm

I am a 47 year old, single woman and not sexually active. I seriously thought it was only me that was experiencing this odor. I had a hysterectomy 14 years ago but still have one ovary. That ovary gave out a couple years ago and I entered the world of menopause. I still have hot flashes bad enough that sweat drips down my arms but the deodorant seems to handle any odor that causes. I don't use hormone therapy.
I also notice an odor that I never, ever had before menopause. I notice it when I urinate and I'm sure it isn't the urine itself that smells. It really makes you self conscious and isn't really a topic that you'd discuss with just anyone. Showering and washing just makes it go away temporarily. :/

January 31, 2015 - 11:21am
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I am a 43 yr. old female. I believe I am in the beginning stages of menopause. I had a hysterectomy 11 yrs ago, leaving one ovary. I haven't needed any hormones as of yet, but thinking it might be an option.
Lately, I have been getting hot flashes quite regularly. In addition to the hot flashes, I have noticed an odor every time I urinate. I shower daily, and haven't had any signs of infection- yeast or UTI. The weird thing about it, is that it smells as if I'm on my period!! Considering I haven't had a menstrual cycle in 11 years, it definitely caught me off guard.
Has anyone else experienced these same symptoms?? I'm really needing some input on this!! It's an embarrassing situation, and something I just don't feel comfortable talking about with my fiance'. Any advice or insight on this would be GREATLY appreciated!!

January 21, 2015 - 1:34pm
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