What Can Cause Vaginal Odor After Menstrual Cycle?

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I had this problem as well. Its all about the flora. And when we start treating ourselves as in a yeast infection, then trouble starts. It is really an over build up of yeast. Left too long , I guess it can start an infection. But this is common. If you smell that you are a little'off', then I recommend a good organic plain yogurt without sugar. Sugar feeds yeast. Your own 'good' bacteria will start to build itself and get rid of the 'bad' bacteria. If it has been going on for a long time try a acidopholis product such as bio k or another pill form. This will work instantly. I would never take any product labelled for yeast infection. Antibiotics actually make the matter worse. They weaken your immune system and kills good and bad bacteria. If you believe you need to take antibiotics, make sure!!! That you add acidopholis and /or plain organic yogurt to your diet preferably first thing in the morning. You will see this vanish. Also check your ph levels. This might help bringing the body to an alkaline/acidic balance.
Thank you, galadriel
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I use to suffer from this problem and it was extremely embarrassing. I went to my GP to have a papsmear and he pulled put this ball of remnants of my period. Yuki!!! It turned out my body wasn't fully cleansing itself after my period. The doctor advised all I needed to do was douche. For those who don't know what this means it's basically a device that you use to push water up your vagina to assist it in cleaning itself out. (done in the shower). After a month or 2 my body got into it's own routine & is now cleansing itself completely. Hope this helps!! :-))
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The odor is caused from the period , I use to have this problem all the time but this may sound crazy . But run a hot warm bath and pour a little peroxide in it and soak in that everytime your period is gone , and it will kill the smell trust me I do it all the time
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I have had this same problem...its always after my period is over....I went to an obgyn and he gave me strong antibiotics and it went away....but now it is back this month.....what could this possibly be???
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"Strong antibiotics" suggests he was treating you for an infection such as e. Coli. If this is recurring, either you getting re-infected (not uncommon) or it never went away in the first place.

E. Coli is produced by the human body and can be found in the anal area. If your menstrual protection is trapping and spreading the germs against your genitals, this can kick off a vaginal e. Coli infection.

If it is time for your annual pap smear, just ask the doc then. If not, make an appointment.
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Sharon answered
When your cycle is released, it may  have residual that takes it's time clearing. Ones the substance is released from it's home, it then becomes foreign and old. Your statement, however sounds as if you have bit of infection in the tubes or ovaries. It is time to see your doctor. The odor may not be normal, but it is not uncommon in any given month, but if you are burning and have pain, it is best to seek help.
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It isn't unusual for the flora in the vagina to be disturbed after your menstrual cycle.  Especially if you use tampons.  Have you ever had a yeast infection before?  If so, this could be the cause.  If you've had a recent cold or the flu (while menstruating especially) then this could be the cause of your odor and a yeast infection (fungal infection) could certainly be the cause. 
 
However, you don't complain of itching of your labia and outer vaginal area.  I would also be concerned about an STD (sexually transmitted disease).  Have you had unprotected sex recently?
 
STD's may include genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis, along with others. (See signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases.) courtesy of (www.bhs.umn.edu).  All of these STDs can also cause your symptoms.

Treatment for the vaginal problem depends on the cause. Bacterial infections and PID (pelvic inflammatory Disease) are treated with antibiotics. Fungal infections are treated with antifungal medicines (typical yeast infection medications which can be purchased over the counter).


 
It is very important to have these symptoms checked out by your physician ASAP.  Without treatment these symptoms and diseases can cause far reaching problems in the future.  You run the risk of sterility after suffering from untreated STDs.
 
Please see your doctor SOON!
 
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Under normal conditions, Vagina is free from any odor. Many bacteria are present in vagina without any harm. These bacteria maintain a slightly acidic pH of vagina. Smelly vagina can be due to bacterial or yeast infection. Other factors are poor hygiene, pelvic inflammatory disease, use of oral antibiotics and oral contraceptives, and sperms. Maintain good hygiene, take good diet, use cotton underwear, and don't use cosmetic sprays on the genital area. For exclusion of any infection, visit a doctor.  
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I've noticed I sweat more about 1 week before my period. I take baths instead of showers around this time and it helps. Its not a fishy bacterial infection smell. Its just sweaty and musty. I think it has to do with hormonal changes around that time.
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You should make sure there isn't an old tampon up there its happened to a friend of mine not joking!
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I continue to have an odor after my period.  It comes at the very end.  I have been tested for Trig and other stds, even HPV.  All of the test are negative.  I need help.  How can I cure this?
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Do you use tampons? If yes,then ensure that d whole tampon comes out while changing.
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Same here! My entire house smells bad after I have my period! I think it might be because of the tampons. They just sit in the trash.

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