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Underarm Body Odor?? Underarm Body Odor??

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Unread 07-02-2002, 04:34 PM
Underarm Body Odor??

Ok, I know this is gross, but I need help! I will be 6 wks post op tomorrow, TAH/BSO. Since the surgery, I have had the worst BO. I can't even tell that I have deodorant on.

Can this be hormone related?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Unread 07-02-2002, 05:48 PM
Underarm Body Odor??

Hi kntry, are you using any HRT? If so what? Hormones can contribute to some body odor. We also have a sister who visits here every so often who is having trouble finding an HRT that does not cause an odor. It could also be something in the HRT that you have a reaction to. I noticed more problems with odors right after my surgery too, so maybe it is related to your recovery more than your HRT. Sorry I cannot be more helpful. You can find some other posts about body odor and HRT if you use the purple serarch button at the top of the page.

Hope you find some answers soon.
Unread 07-02-2002, 07:36 PM
Underarm Body Odor??

I have also been having a problem with odor since my surgery. I am not on HRT, and I thought that maybe the lack of estrogen causes body odor.

I have tried every kind of deodorant soap, and even men's anti-perspirant/deodorant, but nothing keeps me odor free.

I recently bought Dove body refresher cloths that I use throughout the day at work. Then I re-apply deodorant. They seem to help somewhat.

A friend suggested applying alcohol to the underarms with a cotton ball before applying deodorant. I haven't tried that yet because I think it will cause irritation since I shave every day.

Take care.
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Unread 07-03-2002, 05:52 AM
Underarm Body Odor??

I do think that increased perspiration odor is due to hormone changes. I recently was taken off of all HRT, and I noticed for the first week while my body was adjusting that I was fighting odor also. I NEVER had this problem before. It settled down though as my hormones did. Be sure that you use a product that contains and antiperspirant as well as deodorant. Deodorant just covers up odor while antiperspirant reduces sweating. I found Secret and believe it or not, Suave to be the 2 brands that worked best for me. I also read somewhere once that it is good to apply it at night so that it has time to take effect before your daily activities begin. When I was having the odor problems, I was using it morning and night.
Unread 07-03-2002, 08:49 AM
Could this apply to SAH?

Hi all-

I also have noticed an change in body odor. I had an emergency hysterectomy (only removed my uterus, left cervix and ovaries) after a postpartum hemorrhage. Could this mean that my ovaries aren't working?

Or maybe just the vast hormonal changes my body has experienced being pg one day, not pg the next and then the hysterectomy days after that?

I have been using Mitchum brand of deodrant and it is working for me.

Never occured to me the BO problem might be related to the what happened to me.

Unread 07-03-2002, 02:56 PM
Underarm Body Odor??

Lisa, your hormones are probably just bouncing around from the shock of the surgery. If your ovaries have completely shut down you will experience hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. It takes time for the body to adjust following surgery, and during this time many changes can be noticed.
Unread 07-04-2002, 04:29 AM
Underarm Body Odor??

I too have found that Michums is the one brand of deoterant that will ALWAYS keep me dry and odor free. I have not tried another in a long time, as this one is always dependable. You might give it a try.


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