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#1 of 13 Old 01-31-2008, 01:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay, this has been driving me nuts for over a year, and my husband just urged me to go ahead and ask someone about it. We have noticed that the perspiration under my boobs has a very strong, and distinct, odor. It smells like, well, semen. Not just a little -- it smells like someone soaked it in semen. Yeah, that's why I said TMI. I've tried searching the web for info on this but, well, you try doing a google search for "boobs smell like semen" and see what you get.

Anyway, has anyone else experienced this, or know what might be causing this? Since I am very busty (38F) it just isn't going to go away.

Thanks!
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Could it be a mix of sweat and yeast?

In the summer, I have to treat my bras pretty harshly to get rid of that smell. They soak in hot water and TTO, then they get washed, rinsed with vinegar, and rinsed a couple more times because I'm allergic to TTO. Hang dry, repeat a few days later.

I give my under boobs a vinegar rinse in the shower, too.

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Huh! I have no idea if it could be yeast, but I am willing to give almost anything a try. It's a little disconcerting sometimes, and my husband and I have started joking about the various reasons my bra could possibly be emanating that smell. It's funny, but also a little weird.

I'll give that a try for a few days and see if we have improvement. Thanks!
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You can get a kind of fungus- sort of like jock itch- in close sweaty areas, such as under your breasts. Maybe it could be this? I know it does have an odour, but not sure if it's like semen. (but I'm sure Seamen get it. )
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I get that! I never really thought about what is smelled
like but you are right. I searched for it too, but turned
up nothing. Maybe it is yeast, I'm diabetic and have a lot
of problems with yeast. I see my doctor on Monday , I
might just ask him. I have also noticed that under my
boobs have been breaking out more. I'm also big chested
44 DD. Let me know if you have found something that
works.

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Are you using an underwire bra? could it be your sweat reacting with the metal?

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yes I wear underwire, I have to. Too big not to.

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I am so glad I finally asked this question! I differ from Sandi; I stopped wearing underwire while nursing my son and haven't been able to tolerate it since weaning.

I have a number of other "ailments", which I thought were mostly depression-related, but my mom is pointing me towards candidiasis, which considering my abhorrent diet, sounds like a real possibility.

Hope we're both able to "wash that smell right out of our bras", Sandi!
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It's not really my bra it is my boobs that smell.

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Anyone else deal with this? I do too. I tried the usual soap and water and no results. And it's a yeasty smell I guess. Sometimes, I swear it smells more like newborn poo.

Vinegar rinse in the shower... I'll have to try that.

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When I read the initial post, I thought "yeast". I get something similar, and I either use vinegar or Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) in the shower. Also, trying to keep the area dry (like during the hot, sticky summers) helps too. GSE is wonderful!!
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Omg! I’ve been looking for this everywhere! Since giving birth I went from an E to an L and my boobs haven’t been the same! I started getting this super weird semen smell but saying it smells like semen kinda weirds people out, but it does! I thought I was crazy! How did yeast treatments work for you all? I’m dying to find how to get rid of it! I don’t have a rash or any other yeast symptoms just the smell so I didn’t know why.
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THX for sharing, was looking for this
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