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Unread 09-08-2001, 08:38 PM
Not Body Odor

I am embarrassed to bring this up, and haven't found any real comparable situations to mine. Over the past about 6 months I've had a disgusting odor with discharge that has blood in it. I had a D&C, right ovary removed due to a growth (not cancerous). They scraped a fibroid that they suspected was the cause for the heavy periods. Since then my periods have gotten heavier (understatement), and more clots. I also spot constantly. I brought up the odor problem to my doctor and the surgeon - they said they thought it was "old blood" that caused the odor and not an infection. I don't want to leave the house because I'm self-concious and know I smell. I wear a tampon to keep the odor at bay. My surg date is Oct. 1, and need some advice or suggestions.

By the way - I think this is a great forum. And when they said it was "active" - wow, did they mean it!
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Unread 09-08-2001, 08:58 PM
Not Body Odor

Smitty Please go get a second opinion. This is not normal and you should not have to be wearing a tampon all the time. Besides, you don't need toxic shock syndrone or worse. Please get a second opinion.
Unread 09-08-2001, 09:08 PM
I agree

I would go to another doctor and figure what is going on. Any smell like that probably means something. Also wearing a tampon that long isn't good either!

Big hugs and keep us posted.
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Unread 09-08-2001, 09:42 PM
Not Body Odor

Hi Smitty,
I agree with the others that wearing a tampon all the time is probably not a good idea. I, too, had that old blood smell often before my surgery. I spotted or bled all the time. It is a horrible thing to deal with. It was so gross! I used the panty liners with baking soda. It seems like the perfumed ones made the smell worse. In a few weeks you won't have to deal with that any more! I have had no bad odor at all since surgery. Good luck with your surgery!
Unread 09-09-2001, 03:38 PM
Not Body Odor

Hi...I had something very similiar.

My fibroids were so large, that they began necrotizing. This means that the blood supply couldnt' reach the whole thing, so parts of it would begin to die off. The dead cells and tissue would slough off...and eventually find their way out.

It created a constant ooze...sort of brownish pinkish yucky stuff, with some clots or blobs in it. It was kind of smelly.

I don't think you should be using a tampon all the time. Try just changing a small pad several times each hour, and sprinkle the pad with baby powder (cornstarch) to help absorb the odor. This might help.

Make sure you tell your doctor about this. They may not be overly concerned, but you should be sure to tell them.

And think about buying stock in kotex for the next month.

Hang in there....this too shall pass!

Unread 09-09-2001, 04:44 PM
Not Body Odor

Hi Smitty,

Don't be embarrassed. I have had that problem too. I find that wearing tampons can make it worse. I found the feminie deoderants to help a little. It is a pain, I know, but will be gone soon. I too wondered if I was the only one with this problem. The doctors weren't able to give me any good answers either. They told me they didn't notice anything. I asked "How can you not?"

I will have you in my prayers. Wishing you all the best.
God Bless!
Unread 09-09-2001, 08:54 PM
Not Body Odor

Hi Smitty

I had my surgery for fibroids and I too would bleed almost constantly. And, if I wasn't bleeding, I would be very likely to spot. I too had an odor than seemed to be persistant and constant and that was very disagreeable. I was very self-conscious about it.

It wasn't something I was ready to discuss with anybody either . It was only when I noticed that my co-worker, who was going through much of the same things I was going through, also had that odor, that I realised that it was caused by my fibroids. Since my fibroids and uterus were removed, last December, and once I got past the stage of the discharge with "the" odor, I haven't had any unpleasant odor anymore.

I agree with the others: wearing a tampon that often is not good and could be making the problem worst. I couldn't wear scented panty liners or use baby powder - both made the problem worst, so I would use the regular pads/panty liner with a bit of baking soda (not too much). It worked for me. I also would change the line/pad as often as I could.

Wishing you the best of luck.


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