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Did your body odor change after hyst? Did your body odor change after hyst?

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Unread 02-21-2008, 08:21 PM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

Ok, this is, admittedly, a frank, gross question about, well...body odor and I don't mean just under the armpits...

I have taken on a rather, um, pungent odor from all things that could possibly be odoriferous on a person...thing is....I wasn't this way before surgery...and I'm a clean freak so you can see my concern...and paranoia lol

I realise hormones play a factor...does anyone have an idea of what the imbalance could be specifically?

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Unread 02-21-2008, 09:19 PM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

It may the stitches that are dissolving internally. I had the same problem. My GYN said that the area where the incision should be clean with peroxide and water. I also keep a clean white towel down there to absorb the sweat. I did this for about 2 weeks. So check with your doctor to see if that is the problem. Its been 12 weeks and I have noticed that my body odor is different since the surgery. I am going to increase my water intake to flush out the system.
Unread 02-21-2008, 10:12 PM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

I can't tell you exactly what has caused the issue, but I do have body odor since my hysterectomy, something I did not have before. No one ever knew if I wore deoderant or not prior to my hysterectomy as I just flat out did not have body odor. I rarely ever sweated either.

I am guessing it has to be hormone related and had something to do with taking birth control pills for many years prior to my hysterecomy. We also think my hormone levels have changed in the last couple years and my body odor has dimished during that time as well.

I have read on the site that other women have this issue but I have also read where it has not been an issue for women.

So while I don't have any answers for you and I haven't had a drastic enough issue with it to even think to ask one of my doctors, know that you are not alone! Hopefully with time things will get better. If you think of it, ask your GYN or GP if they have any idea as to exactly what causes it and how you can treat it.

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Unread 02-21-2008, 10:28 PM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

Dear Animal Woman, I'm not noticing any particular odor from anywhere, except an odd taste in my mouth, which I assume to be from anesthesia (?) However, when I had a left modified radical mastectomy & lymphectomy, over 9 years ago, I noticed that the left armpit smelled different than the right, and it has remained so ever since. Surgery must stir up an awful lot inside the body, and the body has to rid itself of "waste products" through any number of eliminating processes, such as perspiring. Drinking lots of water should help, but it's possible that, as you said, chemical changes in the body combined with the body just going through the lengthy process of cleansing itself from the inside to the outside, its bound to be noticed for a while.

You could try to assist the process by doing things like epson salt baths, when you're allowed a bath, or dry brushing the skin with the natural bristle bath brushes made for this. I'm going to try short stints in a sauna, beginning in the 5th week post op, to see if it will help to sweat out the drugs and promote cleansing.

Ah, the body. I've always been amazed that, with the potential for so much to break down, that they work so well. It's a miracle.

Be well and strong.
Unread 02-21-2008, 11:40 PM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

Your body odor has probably changed because your body's chemistry has changed.

The ovaries are endocrine organs (they are the gonads) . . . the endocrine organs produce the chemicals (hormones) that run our bodies. Every single cell in our bodies uses some kind of chemical (or a combination) from one of our endocrine organs. Whenever we remove an endocrine organ, we change our body chemistry and therefore, change our body odors.

For example: Pheromones. We've all heard about them . . . the human body emits pheromones to attract sexual partners. This is part of the "chemistry" of love that we are all familiar with. Both the uterus and the ovaries produce these chemicals used to attract mates. We may not be aware of it, but each of us has our own, unique scent, that can be 'read' by the receptors in other humans. Usually this information is received on a subconscious level but still, it's being processed by our senses.

Now, whether or not the body odor changes you are concerned about now are from your altered body chemistry, due to the hysterectomy and oophorectomy or from some other source, as mentioned by others, or a combination of factors, remains to be seen. Look into other reasons and see if you can track the source, but you should be aware that the surgery does change your body chemistry.
Unread 02-22-2008, 05:04 AM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

Are you saying if we no longer have ovaries, uterus, etc.. we won't emit Pheromones... therefore no longer attracting the opposite sex??
Never thought about this..
Unread 02-22-2008, 08:31 AM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

I know for myself, recent post surgery, the first couple of weeks I felt like I smelled like a hospital. I'm guessing that was all the anesthesia and drugs coming out of my body. Getting my hair cut and styled, as well as full pedi-and manicure helped me at least feel less stinky. Now, at the 6 weeks, I am noticing my body more easily emitting the odors of foods I eat. I think what has been said here, that the body chemistry has now changed is probably our answer. I am calling this phase of my life "second adolescence". I am just as confused, if not more confused about all this change happening in my body as I was back then! Argh!
Unread 02-22-2008, 10:41 AM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

Well, that sux...I've been having some mental issues about this whole process: I don't feel youthful anymore....I am 37, but when I see a woman in her 50's...I think I look the same...I'm not sleeping well and I feel, well, OLD.

I know it is the grieving thing probably, plus the whole inability of my body to heal itself without surgery has me thinking about the inevitability of aging.

I'm not ready for it....so the fact I may not be giving off pheromones to the opposite sex at a relatively young age disturbs me...as I said....it's a mental and emotional thing and I am simply not ready for it....

I did get a new hairstyle and started working out, it's helping, slowly....but still not used to the new smells...you're right...I was thinking last night it was exactly like being a teenager again...except without the energy and libido! LOL

Oh well, I will cope....I always do...just wish someone would have warned me about this potential side effect....my mom had a hyst when she was 36...wonder why she didn't tell me anything?
Unread 02-22-2008, 07:57 PM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

My mom had a hysterectomy, too, and she was about the same age as I am now when she had it done. But she didn't really talk about it, and she's been gone for 13 years now, so I can't ask, and my older sister doesn't remember much about it. But mom's cousin had it done, and so did her sister and daughter, so that's been my reference.

I feel like I smell better, for some reason -- but then again, my uterus was weeping, so to speak, I was always wearing pantiliners to deal with the discharge. Now I can wear pretty underwear again, and feel like I don't stink. For the record, I still have libido, and sex is way more comfortable than it used to be -- and my husband still lusts after me.
Unread 02-23-2008, 01:02 AM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

That is interesting and very cool, I am happy for you...wish I didn't have to wear liners, but I still do...that's kinda depressing...before the surgery, I consulted a GYN about it...he did some tests and said...well...some women just have a higher incidence of secretions, and you're one of them...lucky me! lol

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