heightened sense of smell menopause

Hi there I cannot say if progesterone will help you. Lately, I have been saying "I'm sorry" to my partner for things I do or say. So it’s worth bearing this in mind if you notice your urine is a little different. Hyperosmia is a heightened and hypersensitive sense of smell that has been associated with a number of medical conditions. May be you can start a support group in you area to make new friends that you have something in common with. I started on progesterone cream, and the heightened sense of smell went away during the first month but came back stronger than ever the second month. I know my bp must be high. Cos too many of them wearing washing powder/fabric conditioner smell or perfume or aftershave odour, or sigs odour or car's fuels smell, the ones, that just came from car. My anxiety was out of control. If your leakage is only occasional or it’s light and containable, you can buy protective pads and for leaks that are a little heavier you can buy protective panties. The same sensation happened with the next several hot flashes. The mucus is a natural lubricant and is part of having a healthy pelvic area. I'm just starting menopause (49) and my sensitivity to smells is overwhelming. How? I jsut decided to google this and found this conversation. These are very discreet and can give you the confidence to get on with your life without worrying about leaks or odor. Good-Luck! Adrenal fatigue is likely, have been low on vitamin d...definitely going to try spirulina.... axe cologne bothers me too. I plan on breastfeeding, Its free and will bring you important new information on progesterone therapy and related health matters, Home | Contact | Newsletter | Index of Symptoms | News |  Progesterone cream | Privacy policy | Blog | About | FAQ. May we all stay calm and carry on. This perceptual disorder arises when there is an abnormally increased signal at any point between the olfactory receptors and the olfactory cortex. I had one child age 24. a autoimmune condition similar to M.S. About 95 percent of people living with migraine are sensitive to smells. 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. We tend to think of armpits, feet and our ‘nether regions’ as the most sweaty areas of our bodies. I also have a fatty liver (hence the gallbladder removal), acid reflux and IBS-D. Very low immunity and susceptible to infections even if you have had chicken pox, if you have untreated hypothyroidism you can contract it again, as well as glandular fever and cold sores, ulcers these are all your typical clues to see your Dr immediately for a test. In rare cases, anxiety or depression. It can really knock their confidence, which may already be affected by the menopause. I cannot believe this. Menopause Support Group. It's easy to do. Not a good thing when trying to eat meals. I am 55 years old, through menopause by three years, and I have noticed the past couple of years I have been extremely sensitive to perfume, cologne, smoke, detergents... anything that is chemically based. Just today I noticed an odor in my office of something burning. I am peri-menopausal and wake 3-6 times each night to deal hot flashes. Spirulina is a good protein source, but so is fish. Salmon has 25% protein wet weight! Thrush and bacterial vaginosis often become more frequent visitors to ladies at this stage of their lives. I am in menopause and use bio identical hormones. The Chinese call it “A Woman’s Second Spring”. It use to be only chemicals like perfumes but now I cant even stand essential oils being diffused. The simple fact that you are a little older means that your natural body odour will have changed. There’s more information about bladder issues in my article Bladder Problems During Perimenopause And Menopause plus some more tips that you might find helpful. She has a great many things wrong with her, one being endo which is an inflammatory condition. Post partum depression. Your bladder and urethra are part of your pelvic organs and because they become weakened they are more prone to infection. We make our own laundry detergent and household cleaners and use Essential oils. 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 am glad I found this. Then there’s the increased probability of urine leakage. And it’s likely to be the unpleasant ones that you notice most. Taste too to some degree, but I think that is a byproduct of the sense of smell. What to do? I also have periods of "zoning out" where I don't see or hear anything. This should stop the problems in your office though my experience was that trying to get people to adhere to it took more time than doing my work so I finally quit. Please have that test. And there's two kind of main parts to it. 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. He gets to sit in it at his desk and have it adjusted for his height. A lot of women complain about having a fishy, oniony or malty smell. My grand daughters are 8 (stinky feet time) and took their shoes off when they got out of school. Yes, some women do notice a change in their sense of smell. Even if I attend religious services, I set in a back room by my self. Many blessings, take care Wray. I have been blessed by all of you. Hopefully I won't drop dead in the office before they can do this. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License As for the sea salt, I honestly don't know if it matters much or not. 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. It's now day 6 of this cycle, I sincerely hope, this isn't permanent :( Perhaps the dose was too much, as I had hot flushes at the beginning of period and I usually rarely get them. There are several ways that one’s sense of smell might be affected. Because the pelvic floor muscles and organs can become weaker at this stage, leaking urine can become an everyday concern. I suspect it's burnt popcorn or the like, but the caf/microwaves are nowhere near my office, so not sure how I would notice that. Really? I could smell every ingredient of a Dundee cake which DH had baked, even the 2 tablespoons of water. So thank you again! Because your inner workings are under more strain due to hormonal changes the detoxing process can be affected. But on average you’re likely to be over 40 when perimenopause begins and over 50 when you reach menopause itself. Well, after all that and I was still smelling this nauseating smell and I started to smell my clothes. I love garlic and never understood the big deal about "garlic breath." for you women who have men that don't understand, have them read these pages. It’s not uncommon to notice a wheaty, fishy or even an ammonia type odor. 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. You'll find it comes in fine, coarse, extra-coarse and I have found that fine granules go down the hatch faster and smoother. I to smell the stale cigarettes all the time Nobody around me smokes nobody in my house smokes And I don't smoke. I am 43 yrs old and have developed a SERIOUS problem to certain smells like food in a microwave, cuppa soup and especially dogs bedding and loud or continuous noise. And I'm so sensitive to garlic. Then there’s the age factor. Now at age 55 and about 18 months into menopause, I can not get this horrible, faint smell of stale cigarettes out of my nose. Hyperosmia is the medical term for sensitivity to smell. Not until a double blind, cross over, placebo study is done will it be believed, and this is highly unlikely! That’s probably why they say that animals can smell fear. They did a brain scan on my brain and sinuses and found nothing wrong with me. the people I work with are cruel and not human in my eyes at this time. I'm 55 years old. 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. May this not last as long as my mother says. The last time I felt this sick was when I was pregnant (last time 17 years ago - suffered from terrible morning sickness made worse by smells). 8 months in now and that is all forgotten! Converted it's 28.32ng/ml and should be 70 to 100ng/ml. So glad I found this site. Or even make you less inclined to chat. I do go on a bit about the evils of oestrogen, yes I know we need it. We all get bad breath sometimes. But three of the symptoms of adrenal stress are being ultra sensitive to odours, light and sound. But hot flushes and night sweats can make you sweat from head to foot. Don't make me go unless my arm is dangling by a thread and I can't sew it back on myself. Get checked, don't go through what I had to. This allows the not so friendly bacteria to take advantage. Anxiety causes the mouth to dry out. Interestingly, some women experience a heightened sense of smell in menopause, so if you’re worried you’re a bit whiffy, relax you may be smelling something that nobody else is. So after all that testing I am chalking this up to Menopause. The feeling of not being able to take in enough air is quite tormenting. 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. Hi Elora, isn't it strange and annoying? In fact, this study shows you have greater sexual arousal when you smell a pleasant fragrance someone is wearing throughout this cycle week. An increase in sweat production can be a symptom of menopause in its own right. Yesterday I noticed my daytime hot flashes (dripping sweat) were increased more than usual and I've been crying for 3 days. During perimenopause when your hormones and cycle begin to change you will find that the mucus discharge changes too. Taste too to some degree, but I think that is a byproduct of the sense of smell. A heightened sense of smell. Can I use progesterone cream right after giving birth? I had a complete hysterectomy 2 years ago and have not experienced the menopause systems yet. I haven't read all the other posts but you could have a very common genetic mutation. As you say we're all so different. You really need to see an immunologist to check for VCD and GI for reflux, which also affects VCD and throat clearing. Here’s some of the things that you are likely to notice. Ding ding ding went my little brain because I think for sure you are having a 'THYROID STORM' which can happen during menopause. My allergies are awful and I am getting headaches...I have used progesterone cream in the past but felt some of my symptoms became worse so I stopped...initially it really helped my mood. The only people who have any rights are people that are healthy except the one guy in a wheal chair. I am about to speak with my Hormone Doc tomorrow and plan on asking her thoughts. 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. I have noticed this overwhelming sensitivity to odors that makes me want to gag. Excess glucose is the most damaging substance of all, and stresses the body hugely. Bad teeth don’t smell good either and are also extremely painful. I'm a single 57 yr. old and live alone. Both the pleasant and the not so pleasant ones. Heater--that warming thing. You've been through hectic stress, so the adrenals will be stressed too. During the third week of your cycle, estrogen levels slowly start to drop off while progesterone and testosterone rise. 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. This past week has been rough and in my "madness" I didn't connect it with menopause. 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. If it was from a sinus infection, treating the infecti … Thank you so much for posting about these smells. Hi Beansprout Well you have brought tears to my eyes, bless you for those thanks. I first posted December of last year that I believe February I may have even posted again. It starts in perimenopause and can continue into the postmenopause years. I know hot flashes can give you headaches also. So I'm curious to know if menopause is the cause of this (I hope) temporary situation I find myself in. It can affect just one or all of the senses. Going through menopause is believed to cause your liver to become stressed which makes its job a lot harder. To make me think it is me , I have become almost paranoid! Infections can also give you abdominal pain, fever and sometimes there’s a little blood in the mucus. Also, we have a large immigrant community from Africa in my town, and normally I love African spices & food, but the smell of their clothes from the food smells in their homes, or something! I loved finding this page as this curious and unpleasant symptom has now started with me. It also  has a stronger odor. But it’s common for the discharge to smell stronger which a lot of women find unpleasant nonetheless. I'd be interested to hear if others recount the same. I definitely have a heightened sense of smell since going into surgical menopause after a complete hysterectomy (including removal of ovaries) last year. Sometimes there’s also a change in colour. My taste buds are also blunted for most foods. I have to go get new laundry detergent and rewash ALL my clothes, UGH! We eliminated all of those too. Oestrogen plays an important role in the health of your pelvic floor muscles and organs. One of the first things that women seem to notice when it comes to smells is that their sense of smell becomes heightened. Thank you for this discussion. This aspect annoyed Dr Dalton who wrote about it, saying there comes a time when thousands of anecdotes do add up. This week, I've felt like my head is going to explode and I'm hearing my heartbeat when there are loud noises. If you are experiencing any or a combination of these symptoms you need to see your doctor for the relevant treatment. I'm just glad I found this page I really felt like I was losing my mind. I take it you've read the comments made by other women on this page? I understand what the person suffering from nose smell is trying to say, because am equally suffering from this. Have you at all experienced the other two symptoms at the same time? Its been awhile since you started this topic Beansprout, but I have to mention that I've had problems with increased sensitivity to smells as well. I pretty much lost mine after an unnecessary hysterectomy. I wonder what is next. The one that gets to me most is the "new car smell" in my husband's car. It can be a problem at work when I help people in the Library. Never used the pill. It's always a good feeling finding out we're not alone or that we haven't gone crazy. 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. I've been under enormous emotional stress for the past four years, on top of my perimenopausal symptoms. I'm so glad I found this blog! That was another problem. The sweat glands all over your body end up dripping moisture. Unfortunately, I have no answers to this conundrum. WTH?!!! Normally my allergies buffer smells. I've not found one paper, and it's not likely it will ever be researched either. This free questionnairewill tell you in 10 minutes. I didn't notice any effect (except my breasts filling out a bit and agining a little weight) so I increased the dose last month. You might start to dislike the scent of your favourite perfume or deodorant. Perimenopause age 45. The other day I was having an Anaphylaxis attack at work and was telling my supervisor about it in an upset tone and another supervisor butted in to lecture me about how I should talk. Ask anyone who’s been pregnant if hormones effect sense of smell. Progesterone levels rise throughout pregnancy and give a Woman her certain 'Glow'. Over the last few days I have noticed a lot of symptoms of perimenopause worsening.I have had smell sensitivity with feelings of nausea. Liz. Yes I am also having problems with all fragrance. I'm really surprised that no one other than you responded. Can't tell you how long it took, too long ago now. About 4 months ago I started to find smells were getting stronger. I have a perfume I love that smells mostly of roses and a bit of lemon - well, the roses are gone. Another thing that can change the colour and smell of your urine is a change in diet. First I thought it was everyone else, then I thought it was me, but know I am convinced it is my hormones as well. I wonder if my heightened emotions at the time my hyperosmia began, played a role in the onset, causing some bizarre cross-wiring. according to my gp. I have been perimenopausal for three years (I am 50). 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). Turns out that it was my clothes. 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