Katie Tegtmeyer via Flickr

Katie Tegtmeyer via Flickr

It took me a little while to understand what my patient was asking me during her routine PAP exam.

“Is my smell too loud?”, she asked again.

She goes on to explain that she has been conscious her whole life of others noticing the musky odor from her body (mouth, hair and armpits), but mostly from her vaginal area. She has spent years trying to mask or cover up her own body odor in efforts to “get rid of it”.

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Her exam was completely normal and the resulting culture tests for infection were also negative so I was able to reassure her that she was most likely simply more in tune to her own scent and musk, sometimes called phermones.

The scent she felt was “too loud” was undetectable to me on a routine exam. I assured her that even a physician performing a pelvic exam is at least an arm’s length away and we are actually closer to the feet.

So ladies, if there IS any concern for loud odors, remember, it might be your feet!

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  • Great piece! Profound…it could be the feet! Ha! I am aware of (myself) and other women who have concerns about the same problem. As an HIV positive woman, I know the variances my body goes through, therefore producing “extra” this and “not enough” of that. We should be able to talk about it and explore its origins. Finding out it could be feet…priceless.

    Thanks and have a great day.

    • Dena,

      I am so glad you enjoyed the piece. Our whole focus with Healthgist is to tackle all those questions that women have that are rarely brought up or addressed during their clinic visits.

      If you have other health questions or health issues that you will like us to tackle, feel free to leave a comment here or use our contact form.

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