Unfortunately, I have no answers to this conundrum. Then there’s the age factor. Lowered oestrogen leads to a weakened pelvic floor and pelvic organs. Every woman is pretty familiar with the signs of menopause—unbearable hot flashes, thickening waists, moods the fluctuate wildly—but what about all those other signs of "aging," like thinning hair, flighty cycles, brittle nails, and weird sleep disturbances? My anxiety was out of control. The ENT had no idea it could be related to hormones. 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. I smell things others don't and the odors linger in my nose. I didn’t have blood tests as I was on the contraceptive pill but all my symptoms, Would anyone please be able to help! But recently I feel like a bloodhound. Often due to surgery or a hereditary trait. I used to go years ago but now I fear and dislike them for some reason. I also find air-fresheners scents to be extremely strong. I have to stop what I'm doing and breath deeply through my nose until it passes. Whether it’s things in your home, at work or outdoors, you become more aware of the smells around you. It’s likely to smell stronger too. I was surgically induced into menopause after a full hysterectomy in October of 2015. Experiencing regular bouts of watery discharge is quite usual at this time. After the smells, I get headaches. And one of the ways your body detoxes is through your skin. I actually thought it was the Axe gone bad...lol. If it’s down to making some healthy dietary alterations, and you’re not showing any signs of ill health, reaction to supplements or infection, then there’s no need to worry. It bothers me ! Because as much as menopause is not too pleasant, I certainly do not want to be pregnant again. Burning eyes and headaches from any synthetic smells. I have always had a great nose when ovulating, but now at almost 46 I am on my period and experiencing my first extremely exaggerated sense of smell and I run a dog rescue...UGH...I can also smell myself and I am very self-conscious about it...looking around to see if others can smell my shirt or even my menstrual pad (sorry)...I am always hot but get cold on my period to the point of shivers. And it’s likely to be the unpleasant ones that you notice most. Beansprout. I have been perimenopausal for three years (I am 50). Is anyone else noticing a sudden and exaggerated sensitivity to certain smells, bath soaps, air fresheners, perfumes, car exhaust, foods cooking? Take a look at my article  Remedies For Dry Mouth And Burning/Sore Tongue for more information and further tips that help. Oh lord! When it comes to smells there’s some common changes that women experience. How do I know how much I should take? I was feeling so discouraged at this point in my life, almost a feeling of being alone, perhaps the only one who was suffering extreme and unexplainable symptoms. We get lots of emails from women worried about the smell of their vagina during the menopause. he had absolutely no concern that I could stop breathing, or my heart could stop and at the time was coughing so much and so hard uncontrollably that I though my head was going to explode. a autoimmune condition similar to M.S. My sense of smell has heightened extremely. Are You Suffering From Oestrogen Dominance? Foods That Help You Sleep Better During Menopause. 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. It wasn't until I stopped taking it that I realised. See my article Easy Exercise which includes pelvic floor strengthening exercises. I'm 63. I'm just glad I found this page I really felt like I was losing my mind. Hello there! Hi. I have to choose my seat in a theater VERY carefully in hopes that no one wearing perfume or cologne will sit near me... even elevators can be bad because they are so enclosed and they hold the smell of perfume. And today on A.Vogel Talks Menopause, I am going to talk about smell and smells. So glad I found this site. I'd be interested to know. If you get regular hot flushes and night sweats you will be sweating a lot more within 24 hours than you’ve ever done before. Wow! Then the withdrawal of progesterone just prior to bleeding, leaves oestrogen dominant. If you’re worried about how your breath smells when talking face to face with people it’s going to make you feel self conscious. Taste too to some degree, but I think that is a byproduct of the sense of smell. Seems like it would reasonably be a symptom of perimenopause with hormone fluctuations as I experienced the same thing during pregnancy many years ago. Basically there are no more man-made chemicals in the home. It's interesting you have found it worsens when oestrogen peaks, which it does just prior to ovulation and mid-luteal phase. OMG I thought I was going to pass out from the smell. Strange gag reflex in the beginning of my pregnancy, that was before I knew I was pregnant. They did a brain scan on my brain and sinuses and found nothing wrong with me. I work for County Government and their red tape forces you to suffer while they try to make some kind of decision as to what they will do with me. It doesn’t mean you’re dirty. During perimenopause when your hormones and cycle begin to change you will find that the mucus discharge changes too. Bladder Problems During Perimenopause And Menopause, Remedies For Dry Mouth And Burning/Sore Tongue. Last night’s spicy meal breath, or the kind of breath you get when you have a cold. Dysguesia differs from the cravings or aversions that women may experience. I'm not aware of them when they happen, my hubby tells me about them. I am peri-menopausal and wake 3-6 times each night to deal hot flashes. It can affect just one or all of the senses. It can be perfume, cigarettes, someone who has smoked marijuana, any odor. None of my perfumes smell the same! Recurrent UTIs are common problem for women during perimenopause and during the postmenopause years. Just one day my body relaxed and calmed. Not until a double blind, cross over, placebo study is done will it be believed, and this is highly unlikely! Immediately my head feels full, my nose becomes congested, my nose hairs burns, it over stimulates me in a way that makes me feel a little anxious. Take care Wray, Hi Beansprout I do hope others respond, at least Kaylana has. But only the tiniest amount, not the volume we get now from food, air, water, skin care etc. Progesterone relaxes the smoothe muscles of the Uterus during pregnancy and at the same time modulates the immune system to reduce the risk of miscarraige. Simply click here to return to Progesterone faq. 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. My very first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. I know hot flashes can give you headaches also. If you have never been sick then everyone else that claims to be sick is just crazy to them unless they are educated, loving, and patient. Some dietary supplements can also make changes to the odor and colour too. To make me think it is me , I have become almost paranoid! This has been going on for a couple of years now. So horrible! Loud noises, especially my family's voices (I love them more than life itself) cause me intense physical pain. Infections can also give you abdominal pain, fever and sometimes there’s a little blood in the mucus. 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 know another autoimmune condition, Sjogren's Syndrome, can cause sudden over sensitivity to smells but this is nuts! Last month I was having a lot of congestion, but wasn't sick. And it's annoying. 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. I'm sorry for anyone who has to go through this kind of loss. Am happy to know am not alone i sometime think i will lose my mine its over 5 years since am taking a funny smell am 56 i don,t know what to do am hoping to find a cure am losing weight because it is stressing me out. Liz. It can be a problem at work when I help people in the Library. I am sure all of you have done a ton of research on the Internet and can find nothing except this forum. So it’s worth bearing this in mind if you notice your urine is a little different. The main reason for this though is that your falling oestrogen is to blame. The horrible feeling of suffocation creeps in and makes me feel borderline panicky. Just like wth_wife I was diagnose with a thyroid problem and fibromyalgia and are extremely sensitive to smells, perfumes, garlic, onions, chemicals, spices strong odors, etc. Unfortunately during menopause you can notice your breath becomes unpleasant in general. Another thing that can change the colour and smell of your urine is a change in diet. I did give you that info about how progesterone should surge prior to ovulation, but if it doesn't there's nothing to counter the oestrogen surge, hence the worsening of symptoms. I know that for some women their menopause journey starts at an earlier age. Certain smells, the wind blowing through an open window, an overhead ceiling fan made it worse. Hi Beansprout Thanks for all the info and links. If you are experiencing any or a combination of these symptoms you need to see your doctor for the relevant treatment. 8 months in now and that is all forgotten! Take care Wray. 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 told him I was being assaulted by someone spraying perfume in my area but he still ignored it. But during perimenopause, when your hormones are still fluctuating, you can find you get an increase in the amount of mucus discharge. The bacterial disruption can make your urine smell stronger and unpleasant. But rather a constant swollen nasal membrane feeling. No one wants to think that they smell of stale urine, or even fresh urine for that matter. Certain symptoms of menopause can increase sweat production, which in turn, can lead to a change in body odor. I haven't found a study which connects high oestrogen to adrenal stress, I wouldn't be surprised if they did. Understanding and education is the only way to get others to understand and if they still remain unchanged then maybe we are better off being alone. And I'm so sensitive to garlic. My friends are great, they will unplug their air freshener's and not wear a lot of perfume when they want to spend time with me. I ask others if they can smell it and no one can. Some symptoms of the menopause are less well known, including: changes to vision — including depth perception and spatial awareness changes to smell and taste — it’s also common for women to notice a change to their sense of smell cold flushes — rather than hot ones! I was told many people had low levels and to take vitamins. I buy all of my food at good, reputable organic stores. Thank you so much for posting about these smells. Yes I am also having problems with all fragrance. I have been on bioidentical progesteone cream for almost 2 months, initially because I gained 25 pounds after having, Hi Wray, I have symptoms of estrogen dominance and am currently pregnant. P.S. 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. My taste buds are also blunted for most foods. Now this is little bit of a strange one, but it is really common in the menopause. 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. Menopause body odor can smell differently from the body odor you used to get before your hormones started to change. I've traveled a long, hard road. The drop in oestrogen that’s responsible for vaginal dryness also causes your mouth to produce less moisture. I recently experienced around 7 symptoms of menopause all of a sudden and nausea from certain smells is one. 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.). I work in a building where the young girls get their kicks out of spraying perfume because they don't believe it makes me sick. 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