So I looked through the tags and I didn't see anythign about BV and cloth pads, so here's me posting about it.
Every since I started using cloth pads I noticed that my vag will smell pretty nasty during my period and when I'm spotting (which is a lot ever since I got Paragard). I know that it already is bound to be stinky to begin with from menstrual discharge, but I know what I used to smell like versus now. I'm also wondering if it may be from using a Diva Cup and keeping it in for a long time? I definitely boil the smell off of it when it gets pretty bad, and use castile soap on it as well. I generally have to wear pads the entire period since I've got a heavy flow, and now an IUD, which makes the flow worse. That doesn't bother me at all, but the first few days before the heavy flow, I'll wear the cloth pads. I usually change 3 times in a day, so I'm keeping relatively sanitary. The smell comes off and on through out the month. I noticed the discharge I produce from spotting since getting my IUD is also pretty stinky. I'm unsure if that's just how it goes or if it might have something to do with me using the pads and inadvertantly giving myself BV?? Gah, so confused.
When I got the IUD the doc gave me some Metronidazole to treat the smell, as I got the IUD right before my heavy flow started. I've been taking the pills off and on when the smell gets bad. Are the meds the only way to prevent it?
Cloth pads I made followed what most tutorials online suggest. Found a soft baby blanket fabric for the top, wings and bottom, and terry cloth for the inside.
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