Although this web site is not intended to be prescriptive, it is intended, and hoped, that it will induce in you a sufficient level of scepticism about some health care practices to impel you to seek out medical advice that is not captive to purely commercial interests, or blinded by academic and institutional hubris. I'm hoping this is just a phase or I am going to become a hermit! I, too, am a vegetarian, well, more precisely a pescatarian because I still eat organic farm fresh eggs and wild caught fish. So I'm curious to know if menopause is the cause of this (I hope) temporary situation I find myself in. It started in March, I went to a concert with my mom and I thought she put some bad perfume on, ever since then I noticed I have some good days and bad days. Or develop a liking for a particular smell that you hadn’t really noticed much before. Glad I'm not the only one dealing with this & it's not all in my head!. The change in the amount of mucus in the vagina also upsets the natural friendly bacteria that live there. I thought I was losing my mind! Your bladder and urethra are part of your pelvic organs and because they become weakened they are more prone to infection. I smell them on me constantly, I shower and can smell them washing off me, and when I dry myself, I can still smell it on my skin. Some people might have a reduced sense of smell (hyposmia) while others experience an increased sense of smell … The feeling of not being able to take in enough air is quite tormenting. I know I've asked this before, but are your vitamin D levels high enough, as that too causes a susceptibility to allergens if low. I cooked salmon for my husband tonight and two hours later I can't stand to be in the kitchen because of the smell. I have been blessed by all of you. During pregnancy there were certain smells that would set me off. It’s a vicious circle and not helpful at all. You are encouraged to refer any health problem to a health care practitioner and, in reference to any information contained in this web site, preferably one with specific knowledge of progesterone therapy. So don’t go scouring yourself trying to get super clean! 4  This is believed to be genetic and it has been linked with the SCN9A gene, which codes for sodium channels (a component of nerve cells) in the body. Lately, I have been saying "I'm sorry" to my partner for things I do or say. I can smell garlic on someone's breath a mile away. Unfortunately during menopause you can notice your breath becomes unpleasant in general. What is this person? I have recently had an onset of hot flashes, and now sensitivity to garlic and coffee again. A friend of mine who is a member of the community says they also tend to wear a lot of jasmine oil, which I don't care for...she smells just fine!! Join in and write your own page! Over the last few days I have noticed a lot of symptoms of perimenopause worsening.I have had smell sensitivity with feelings of nausea. Hormonal changes are the most common reason for a heightened sense of smell, especially those that occur during menstruation and pregnancy. Ugh. Another change in smell that women notice is a change to their urine odor. I wonder what is next. Also, check your cosmetics and skin care regimen and soaps they all have fragrance . If it was from a sinus infection, treating the infecti … Dysguesia may be due to the heightened sense of smell that women also experience during pregnancy 1. It finally dawned on me I must be having a flood of hormones and it wasn't the fault of the world gone crazy (haha). Has anyone else had similar experience? Are You Suffering From Oestrogen Dominance? I had to throw away a nearly new stick of deoderant because the odor, which I used to find pleasant, was making me sick. Some dietary supplements can also make changes to the odor and colour too. A couple of nights ago I made a batch of liver treats for my dog, knowing full well they would stink up the house. Going through menopause is believed to cause your liver to become stressed which makes its job a lot harder. Thank you, Wray. Anyway I know this is not an active conversation, but thought I'd add my anecdotal evidence. I was also developing sudden sensitivities to certain foods that I had safely eaten my entire life. You may also find that the area is itchy and sore/burning. Menopause Support Group. Yesterday I noticed my daytime hot flashes (dripping sweat) were increased more than usual and I've been crying for 3 days. Interesting you have those other adrenal stress symptoms, also very interesting they are exaggerated at ovulation. But only the tiniest amount, not the volume we get now from food, air, water, skin care etc. Tonight it took everything in me not to vomit. I'm a 30 year old with damaged ovaries from chemotherapy a few years ago, the doctors told me that everything will get back to normal "eventually" but I'm constantly getting new problems with my cycle. minimize and eliminate allergy symptoms. I have noticed for that last few weeks how I felted overwhelmed by smells that I couldn't locate their origin. Because the pelvic floor muscles and organs can become weaker at this stage, leaking urine can become an everyday concern. Thanks for letting me vent. Hyperosmia (heightened smell function) is a relatively rare condition, usually of idiopathic origin, in which quantitative olfactory testing reveals heightened performance (e.g., UPSIT scores of 40 and detection threshold values that are several orders of magnitude below those of normal subjects). I had a small problem from October to December then it went away in January and just came back last week The problem from October December was a burnt smell all the time now I've got the stale cigarette Mexican spice sweat smell Lol. Some researchers even believe that morning sickness is due at least in part, to this heightened sensitivity to odors. Hot flashes are the most common of these symptoms at least two-thirds of women going through menopause experience them but there are many other uncomfortable signs to watch for, too. Loud noises, especially my family's voices (I love them more than life itself) cause me intense physical pain. So when your get overheated and start to sweat the moisture released through your pores is going to smell different. Because your inner workings are under more strain due to hormonal changes the detoxing process can be affected. And it's annoying. Even things that should have no scent. Can't tell you how long it took, too long ago now. Well, after all that and I was still smelling this nauseating smell and I started to smell my clothes. I can actually smell mice nests (I work in an office with drop ceilings), decomposing anything, women nearby who are menstruating and more. I have always had a 28 days cycle. I used to try and work out if there is a pattern to it , but alas , no joy ! I actually thought it was the Axe gone bad...lol. Hyperosmia is a heightened sense of smell. My hormones have always played a part in causing me a sensitivity to smells. Wow! With that in mind, I throw it into my Nutribullet for a couple of seconds and then make a toast to myself before saying, "Bon appetite!" My sensitivity to smells, especially perfumes, colognes, soaps and lotions, started after my partial hysterectomy in Oct. 2010. I have huge fibroids and they feel like they double in size for 7-10 days before my period. An increase in sweat production can be a symptom of menopause in its own right. She had loads of tests and the Drs never found a cause, but we all had to be careful about not putting on too much perfume etc. Taste too to some degree, but I think that is a byproduct of the sense of smell. I was driving myself and my family nuts. We tend to think of armpits, feet and our ‘nether regions’ as the most sweaty areas of our bodies. You'll find it comes in fine, coarse, extra-coarse and I have found that fine granules go down the hatch faster and smoother. And a supervisor! Another reason why your body odour changes is the extra stress that menopause puts on your body’s system. Just one day my body relaxed and calmed. Most women experience some physical or emotional symptoms when they reach menopause, which is typically in their early fifties, though it can occur at any age between 35 and 59. I'm truly greatful to my company. Headaches and migraines. And yes, sometimes , I can smell myself which had never happened before. My husband was once again smelling amazing when he stepped out of the shower and my tolerance to other smells were suddenly improving. I will try some of the advices here and see if it works for me. I'm 63. It is really driving me crazy! But who could blame my poor body. Not until a double blind, cross over, placebo study is done will it be believed, and this is highly unlikely! I have no bladder control and I can barely eat because of the constant FULL pregnant feeling...I feel miserable. Beansprout. Then there’s the increased probability of urine leakage. I should have known, it's not my first time. Hi Kaylana - I, too, thank you for the confirmation. Hi, I know this thread is now years old but so glad to see I'm certainly not the only one with a 'blood hound' sense of smell. In recent weeks, my sense of smell is driving me bats. I have to stop what I'm doing and breath deeply through my nose until it passes. Sweat produced by exercise is made differently in the body than sweat produced due to anxiety or fear for example. Turns out they did not smell as bad as I thought they would, but... that night when I woke up for my first hot flash, the smell was so overwelhming that I though it would be impossible to go back to sleep. cream, have been using it post ovulation (I'm 27, started to use it to see if it would help with estrogen dominance symptoms). I am 48 in premenopausal and I am wondering if all this is related to tat and the fibro and the thyroid issue. Now this is little bit of a strange one, but it is really common in the menopause. I used to think he smelled amazing. This has been going on for a couple of years now. Discomfort or illness when smelling potent things. YES – I am referring to the menopause.Or to be more specific in my case, perimenopause.It’s the lovely period leading up to the time when our ovaries shrivel up for good and resemble nothing but a pair of dried raisins attached to our ever-thinning uterus. Anxiety disorder my entire life then depression set in during my late teens. I cannot handle certain cooking smells, especially when I am not preparing meals or when someone reheats food in the microwave. You might start to dislike the scent of your favourite perfume or deodorant. Excess mucus discharge that has changed colour and smell can be a sign of infection. I started wondering if I was pregnant again, but since my husband had a vasectomy nearly two years ago, and given my condition, it seems extremely unlikely. This is known as stress incontinence and along with urge incontinence (overactive bladder) it can cause concern about bad smells. About 95 percent of people living with migraine are sensitive to smells. Hi Kaylana Thanks for the confirmation, I hope others see the query too. I stepped outside to get some fresh air and somewhere a skunk had sprayed and the smell was especially unbearable (some times you just can't win.). As for the sea salt, I honestly don't know if it matters much or not. Like I literally could not breath through my nose and, I'm not a mouth breather, so that in itself added to my feelings of anxiety. I'm just glad I found this page I really felt like I was losing my mind. During the third week of your cycle, estrogen levels slowly start to drop off while progesterone and testosterone rise. It was horrible. I didn't believe it was hormones and menopause because it made no sense to me. Interestingly, some researchers believe that we tend to crave fatty foods around this time of the month as our sense of smell is heightened to specifically pick up calorie-dense food (in order to prepare our bodies for pregnancy). I can't even ride in it. I can barely.... or want to leave my home. I'm sorry for anyone who has to go through this kind of loss. But during the menopause years women can find that smells of different kinds become a bit of a problem. Please have that test. I know hot flashes can give you headaches also. At this point I have eliminated all fragrance in my house, all cleaners with chemicals, laundry detergent, fabric softener, fabric softener sheets perfumes, body lotion any aerosol sprays, even under arm deodorant. It normally occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55, when the body begins to slow and stop the production of eggs, estrogen and progesterone production decreases, and menstruation diminishes, eventually stopping altogether. I went to a naturopath who tested my hormone levels and found low progesterone and testosterone. I understand what the person suffering from nose smell is trying to say, because am equally suffering from this. It has been driving me crazy and I only, a few days ago contributed it to hormones. It doesn’t mean you’re dirty. I noticed lights seem brighter and annoying. Especially if your job involves giving speeches or presentations. Check on American with Disabilities Act if you are in US> Depending on how the fragrances affect you (asthma, migraine, etc) you may be able to get a letter from your Doctor and get an ADA accommodation. I'm drinking it for better health. Just enter your email addressand click the button... See what's being discussed, ask for help, give your thoughts or experiences, or just browse... Hello Dear, I'm writing to get some answers to my issues...I have taken bio-identity creams for the last 10 yrs, and have been truly satisfied. The other thing is, I keep smelling a mix between Mexican spices and sweat. I am post menopause and I have asthma aerosols, strong perfumes,and smells almost kills me they cut my breath off quickly. So after all that testing I am chalking this up to Menopause. I am also very sensitive to medications, I get every side effect. The odors many times make me so sick I get very sick and people tell me is all in my head, just like the fibromyalgia, even though I have all the symptoms and more, and confirmed by three doctors. Will the madness, the inner chaos lessen and eventually disappear? I've been using the same laundry detergent for a while now and I woke up this morning thinking I was getting sick from my dog being stinky. I'm going to buy masks tomorrow, which one should be wearing for household chores anyway! Finding that the smell sensitivity could be due to menopause is making me feel better. I wonder if my heightened emotions at the time my hyperosmia began, played a role in the onset, causing some bizarre cross-wiring. It doesn’t usually have much of a smell although due to your hormone changes it may smell a little stronger than it used to. 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