Because menstrual cramps weren't enough.
Despite all the period hacks and good stuff about periods (eg. having sex on your period is really good), every woman will come to the point that the monthly phase of menstruation is tough and it gets really hard to deal with so many things all at the same time. The mood swings, period cramps, hunger, and extra poop give a relly tough time to the PMSing woman. And if that wasn't enough, we have to deal with the smell of the period blood as well!
Sometimes the foul smell becomes strong and apparent too, followed by backaches and acne avalanche. Below are the major reasons why the period blood smells a little stingy:
During menstruation, the pH level rises, thus making the blood less acidic. This results in the growth of bacteria down there and eventually the smelling of the period blood.
There are chances of presence of bacteria and fungus around the uterus lining during the period. Since it's the uterus lining which gets shed during menstruation, the blood might smell. Also, if the blood stays for long in the uterus, chances are high it will smell stronger.
During the period, the moisture gets retained in the vagina which can sometimes lead to fungal infections. This leads to fishy smell near the vaginal area adding to the bad odour.
The constant air blockage by tampons and sanitary napkins near the genitalia are a major reason of bad odour.
Some women believe in douching during menstruation, but in many cases, quick showering of water to get rid of the smell hasn't proved to be a healthy decision.
Here are the major reasons why the period blood smells a bit pungent.
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