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Body Odor and Menopause – The Stinky Truth!

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The Stinky TruthHow embarrassing. After looking around to find the man who just ran a marathon, you realize that the odor is coming from you. Only you haven’t ran a marathon. You haven’t exerted yourself in any way. Yet, you smell like the men’s locker room at the gym.

Once again, menopause is betraying you. From the top of your head to the bottom of your feet, menopause has turned your body upside down. Now it’s body odor – just what you didn’t need.

So what's causing the problem and what can you do about it? It could be a few different things, and you do have options.

Blame the Munchies

Menopause changes your hormones which in turn can change your cravings. The end result? You might find yourself munching on a lot more sugar than you realize. Some of the bacteria and fungi that cause odors feed on sugar, so while you’re satisfying your sweet tooth you’re also giving ammunition to odor-producing substances.

The fix: Try to eat healthy. When you get the munchies, choose fruits and veggies instead of sugar and junk foods.

It Might Be Digestion

Speaking of food, it might be your guts. You see, menopause also changes how you metabolize and digest food. Things like onions, garlic, and eggs can start to leave you a bit on the “odorous” side.

The fix: Try eliminating those troublesome foods and see if you notice a difference.

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

You are well aware that your internal thermostat has been running hot since you’ve entered menopause. Sun, rain, snow, or sleet – it doesn’t matter the weather, day and night you’re left dripping in sweat from hot flashes or night sweats. And the more you sweat, the more you smell. Yuck!

The fix: Learn your hot flash triggers, dress in layers, use a fan, and never ever leave home without wearing your deodorant!

It Could Be Your Vagina

Hormonal changes during menopause change your vagina, too. Changes to your pH level leave you with a sweaty or musky odor, rather than the sweet smell you’ve been used to. It, along with vaginal dryness, can also leave you more prone to bacteria and infection, evidenced by the unpleasant odor that's signaling there’s a problem.

The fix: Treat vaginal dryness, consider vaginal estrogen, and avoid douching, using scented products in the vagina, and wearing tight panties that might lead to extra sweating.

Don’t Forget Your Bladder

Menopause affects your bladder, too. It can become overactive or weaken and fall. You’re also more prone to urinary tract infections and urinary incontinence. All and all, you might find yourself experiencing some leaking and dampness – and odor.

The fix: Wear and changes pads and panties frequently, but also ask about solid treatment options such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT).


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-28-2016 - 12:09 AM


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