Menstruation does aggravate the already malodorous state of TMAU let alone sulfur-rich foods. You may find yourself nauseating off of your own body odor when it becomes sulfur-like smell. This metallic odor may be caused by too much sulfur, phosphorus, and nitrogen that accumulated in your body over the days when you were on a wrong diet.
If you can’t afford to have yourself tested at Monell in the USA and are unsure you have a full-blown Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) – a metabolic disorder due to impaired metabolism of choline in foods as well all variations of sulfur, phosphorus, and nitrogen, you may want to try the Elimination Diet.
What you need to do with the Elimination Diet is you simply take out all the sulfur-rich foods from all your meals at least for a week. If the odor gets better, then you know it’s the sulfur that is the culprit. If the result is otherwise, you may have to experiment more with additional exclusion of phosphorus and nitrogen-rich foods. If this restricted diet fails, then you may have an undiagnosed nutrition deficiency and/or other serious autoimmune diseases like thyroid problems and infections.
You may also have to take note of your monthly period regularity. If your menstrual cycle veers from its normal frequency, then this could mean you’re deficient in proper nutrition. Usually, women with irregular menstruation or long overdue menstrual periods are iron-deficient after following a strict diet devoid of the aforementioned minerals among other essential minerals and vitamins found in the foods that trigger the sulfur odor.
The strong metallic/rubber/sulfur odor that emanates from your pores days prior to your first menstruating day may be a symptom of TMAU. The odor will pervade throughout the entire duration of your “bleeding days” if you mess up with your diet.
Foods like onion, garlic, meat, fish, egg, sweet potato, tomato, orange, wheat, dairy, banana, cruciferous vegetables, legumes, grains, and all the chemical-laden processed foods are notoriously high in the odorous components of sulfur, phosphorus, nitrogen, and choline, which cannot be digested but rather gets deposited in the blood until they find their way out through your pores as evident by your bad breath, sulfur burp, and stinky sweat all over. If you overindulge on these bad boys, you will find yourself stinking for long.
Interestingly, women with TMAU may notice that they smell of fish during their period, and sometimes it alternates with the rubber and chemical odors. However, when all these instances do not point to TMAU after having been examined by a professional, please do not rule out hormonal imbalance yet. An endocrinologist as well as a certified nutritionist/dietician may help you identify the missing link to this whole malodorous plight.
The key here is not to ever give up. Give the Elimination Diet a go and make sure your body stays hydrated and well-fed with alkaline foods. You may have to cheat once in a while once the odors improved. Additionally, supplements are widely available to fix your nutrition deficiency in the course of your anti-odor diet.