Can men "smell" when you are on your period?

my boyfriend quit smoking and I was on my period about 3 weeks ago and he said he "smelled" my period blood yet I couldn't smell it and neither could anyone else. I have good hygiene and I never smell so this had me wondering if men could sense if a woman is on her period?
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  • I personally cannot tell. A few of the guys who have answered here seem to indicated that they can smell scented tampons rather than the actual period blood. Who knows.

    In general, I don't think men can "sense" this, and if they can tell I suspect it would only be with a girlfriend or woman they are intimate with. We certainly don't go around looking at women on the street and thinking "oh, she's on her period," or "that one over there is close to ovulating" or anything like that.

    If he knows you well he might be able to tell for one reason or another, but I don't think it's an innate male ability.

  • I think the only times I've ever smelled period blood is when a dirty, fragranced pad has been left in the bathroom. The fragrance mixed with the blood is what produces the smell, I think.

    I had one girlfriend who wore pads, and sometimes I'd be able to smell it. My girlfriends who wore tampons, I don't think I've ever been able to tell by scent.

    • i was wearing pads that day and it was a heavy day so I accidently messed up his sheets.

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  • Yes they certainlycan. It comes off of your breath also! Especially someone you are intimate with... the hormones in the blood come off.

    • thanks for answering. he knows when I'm about to start my period too and he knows the exact day lol. something has to be given off

    • I will keep up with womens menstrual cycles and yes I think women are beautiful then!

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  • Not unless you are sitting on our face...lol... we're not Vampires, Mademoiselle.

    • hahahah...tr?s dr?le! hahaha...that's right sir!

    • lol..I can smell it

  • Tend to notice when in closed spaces with girls, the smell isn't bad just a bit spicy

  • Hahaha. Are you suggesting quitting smoking gave him SUPER SMELL? I've never smelt periods, no.

    • haha well he told me after he stopped smoking he has "super smel" and can smell things that are low in scent. he has never said thins before so I don't know lol

    • Hahaha really? So HE'S suggesting that? Hey, maybe he's right. Maybe someday he'll turn to you and say 'Lois, I...' and take off his glasses

    • hahaha that is only a dream :P

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  • Yes we can. I can always tell.

  • yes,most guys who have sexual experience can smell menstruation

  • Sometimes some people smell a bit more "iron-like" but I always think it might just be my imagination, as I can't really ask them about it, heh.

  • Not sure but I can definitely hear it.

    • hear it?

    • Sarcasm translates bad on the Net.

    • lol I got it

  • Not me..but my nose isn't for sh*t...I would never know if females wear tampons...of course most of us have smelled pad blood at some time or other...o.O...fortunately my females have always used tampons..and their reward is... they can have sex or oral any time they like..(:(:(:

    • Yeah, potentially getting a tampon lodged so far up your vagina that it needs to be removed by a doctor is an awesome reward.

  • Honestly...i can sense it (not sure about other guys though; I never asked).

    It's not a bad smell at all...it's just something that I tend to notice.

    Please don't be self-conscious about it. :)

  • They can't smell it. They can guess it if you're in a bad mood then. (or if you're walking around with twice as much perfume as usual)

  • I can smell womens vaginas. lol I've told several women I can smell you vagina.

  • Yes and its not a bad smell..Its not gross I promise and also if you use scented tampons you can definitely smell it ..but I like the smell! 5 stars

    • thanks for answering. what does it smell like for a man?

    • Seriously its a light metallic smell that is faint and if you live or work around a lot of women you learn that its their periods! for me I like it...also scented tampons have a good smell :)

  • well alpha males can smell it

  • no we can't, why do girls ask this? if you can't smell it we can't smell it. he was probably being an asshole cause he was irritated from quitting smoking

  • Regular mouthvas

  • I can smell and i dont like it smell.. fell not good for me.

  • I can smell it, it smells like blood, And it comes out of your breath. Sometimes males talk and I can smell the same scent, but I'm not sure what is it do to on males.

  • I can't smell period blood, but I can smell he difference between a woman not on her period and a woman on her period, unless they''re wearing sh*tloads of perfume. It's a trick. Also, the ducking of flying objects is a handy indicator

    • indeed