Medical Specialty >> Gynecology

Doctors Lounge - Gynecology Answers

Back to Gynecology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/14/2017.

Forum Name: Gynecology

Question: Strong fould smelling menstual blood

 bluedaisy_222 - Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:58 pm

I'm not sure whether to be worried or not. I'm in the middle of my period and I use a Diva cup which keeps the blood inside. This morning when I went to empty the cup, the smell was so strong and foul that I gagged. I'm thirty years old so I know that this is not normal but I'm wondering how worried I should be. I am not sexually active and have not been for nearly two years. What could cause this symptom?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:01 pm

User avatar Hello,
A foul odor generally is indicative of infection so if this continues you should be seen by your doctor - even during your cycle.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us