Is Your Period Affecting Your Sense of Smell?

Have you ever noticed that your sense of smell changes during certain times of the month? Or maybe you've not even realised it's your time of the month that's affecting it, but one week you love a fragrance, and then next you can't stand the smell of it? You're not alone. Because it turns out that actually, your hormones can affect your sense of smell. Yes, really. 

Research shows that different hormones impact both how we smell, and what we're smelling. According to a study carried out by the Institute of Psychology, the ups and downs of oestrogen and progesterone throughout our menstrual cycle can make us more sensitized to scent. 

Expectant mothers often find their sense of smell can change during pregnancy (as do menopausal women), so it makes sense that our sense of smell can be altered by hormone fluctuations throughout the month, too.