It’s that time of the month again. We grab our Kali tampons and head to the bathroom. We get down to business and we smell something is different. Why does our period blood have an odor? We, at Kali, looked into it and it’s perplexing, but totally natural.
Blood has a certain odor. Our menstrual fluid smells different than blood because it consists of more than just that. In our menstrual fluid, our bodies remove vaginal mucus, vaginal tissue, some bacteria, blood, and fluid. Due to these additives, our menstrual blood has a different smell than blood from a cut. If you experience a heavier period than average, you might experience more odor than someone with a lighter period. As long as the smell isn’t fishy, you are good to go. If it is fishy, reach out to your healthcare practitioner.
To keep that odor to a minimum, there are a few things we can do:
- Wear loose clothing and cotton underwear during your period.
- Keep the area dry.
- Make sure to change your Kali organic tampons and Kali pads regularly.
- Let your body handle the odor naturally. Don’t douche. It really can mess up your system.
To stay healthy, monitor your odor. A change in period odor can actually be a sign of a larger problem. During your period, bacteria accumulates naturally. Your vagina is moister during this time of the month, which can cause other infections like BV – bacterial vaginosis. BV causes a strong, fishy odor, itching, and painful urination. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to your doctor.
Overall, vaginal odor is part of being a woman and is totally normal. We just need to make sure we are paying attention to our bodies and monitoring any abnormal changes.