This is my first time here, so have patience with me please.
Hi “Miserable”, and welcome!
Wow, a loss of sense of smell must be terrible! Does this also affect your sense of taste?
I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of anyone attributing a loss of sense of smell to menopause, but I have heard some women say that their sense of smell was heightened during meno or peri, to the point that they could barely tolerate perfumes and other odors that had never bothered them before. If it menopause could cause it to go one way, could it also cause it to go the other direction?
When I was in my 20’s we had a sweet neighbor that was almost like a grandma to our kids. She was in her 80’s, and often complained that she couldn’t smell anything at all, but I don’t recall her ever naming a suspected cause.
I read a news article the other day about a cold remedy called Zicam. It was supposed to be applied directly inside the nostrils, and had high quantities of zinc in it. The company issued a voluntary recall of the product because they said that they had received over a hundred complaints of lost sense of smell, just like you’re experiencing. I don’t know whether it could possibly be relate to what you’re going through, but here’s a link to the article:
I wish I had more advice to offer. I really hope that this symptom is temporary, and that you’ll be back to normal soon!
Welcome to the weird, wachy world of menopause!
And being new is perfectly okay--everyone has to start somewhere!
Hi and welcome to the board.
Thanks to all of you that answered my question.
That's what I thought - but the CT scan showed no infection.