ZocdocAnswersMy period always smelled fishy, but for the first time it doesn't. Why?

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My period always smelled fishy, but for the first time it doesn't. Why?

Is this a good ir bad thing why it doesn't smell fishy?

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The fishy smell that many women describe either during menstruation or during times of infection is often due to the bacteria that are present in the region. Other potential causes of this smell could include things such as changes in your diet and even your level of stress. In general, it is neither a good thing nor necessarily a bad thing to have an absence of the smell, as long as there are no other symptoms. As with most changes, however, speaking with your doctor is an important part of maintaining your overall health. There are some infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, or BV, that are specifically tested with the smell of the vaginal fluids. The smell can be predictive of which bacteria are present, and if they are present in too great of numbers. It can be a sign that you need to speak with your doctor to receive medication if you have new odors that could be indicative of an infection. Please speak with your doctor about this question, as he or she will be able to provide more information based on your medical history including your age and your sexual activity. Again, please speak with your doctor.

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