How To Fix Embarrassing Menopause Body Odor
Menopause Body odor is yet another problem to add to the never-ending list of menopause symptoms. In this post, we will give you the best tips and tricks you can use to combat the embarrassing changes happening to your body during the menopause and perimenopause, so you can regain your confidence and get your life back!
Why do we suffer body odour during the menopause?
The endless symptoms of the menopause can be really difficult to deal with, body odor is a particularly distressing symptom for women to endure and can leave many people feeling distressed and embarrassed.
If you are having menopause symptoms and feel you need to know how to tell if you have body odour, you might like to seek the advice of a medical professional.
What causes menopause body odour?
Hot flushes or flashes can feel like a furnace, you feel like you can’t control your body temperature, it is often accompanied by feelings of sickness and nausea.
You can often awake to find your bed sheets soaked through to the point that you need to change the bed. Night sweats can play havoc with your sleep patterns and may make you wake up several times during the night. This can lead to fatigue and exhaustion in the morning.
Body odor is caused by stale sweat being allowed to sit on the skin, this then creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which then, in turn, causes an unpleasant smell.
When you first become perimenopausal your body goes through some changes, oestrogen levels drop and women often experience vaginal changes /dryness, night sweats and hot flashes. This can cause excessive sweating, which if left on the skin causes bacteria to develop causing body odour.
If you are worried about whether other people can smell you, even after bathing, consult your doctor who will test your overall health and hormone levels.
For information about menopausal aches and pains read this post
How to avoid body odor during menopause.
To avoid menopausal body odour:
- Shower daily.
Shower as often as you can.
Some workplaces provide showers for an extra quick freshen up during your lunch break.
I would advise showering at least twice a day if you are worried about menopause body odour.
- Change and wash clothes regularly.
All clothes should be washed after every use, including bras, knickers and jeans. Change your clothes daily as often as you can to prevent sweat and bacteria build-up.
During a hot flush, your body temperature increases and you start to sweat which becomes trapped under clothing and starts to smell.
- Take a change of clothing.
If you are away from home for long periods of time and are suffering from hot flushes or vaginal changes, it is advisable to take a change of clothing.A change of underwear for freshening up feels great, especially if it is inconvenient to change your whole outfit.Easy to wear vest tops and light layers which can be changed quickly without anyone noticing can make the world of a difference to your comfort levels and will help prevent embarrassing menopause body odor.
- Wear layers where possible.
This is a very easy way to combat sweating, lots of thin layers can be removed quickly to reduce body temperature quickly and combat profuse sweating. Ditch the turtleneck and thick jumper until you’re out of the hot sweat phase!
- Wear cotton or linen clothes where possible.
Cotton tends to be a cooler material than most, is comfortable, easy to wear and wash. Try to choose items that don’t require ironing if you are having frequent outfit changes, to avoid a buildup of laundry.
- Change beds sheets regularly
This is a crucial step when suffering from night sweats, as damp bedding is the perfect place for bacteria to breed.
Make this process easier by keeping a few different sets of bedsheets close by, for an easy change in the middle of the night.
I found it better to sleep on a towel, as it gave me a bit more security when I slept.
I would also advise putting a mattress protector on the bed to prevent sweat being soaked into it, as mattresses are notoriously difficult to keep clean.
Turning down bedclothes in the morning to allow the bed to air will also help keep linens fresh.
- Stay away from strong-smelling foods.
Spicy and garlicky foods can sweat out in your pores during a hot flush and cause body odour.
Try to simplify the food you eat and try to consume foods with fewer spices and strong-smelling flavours.
- Drink plenty of water.
An average person may sweat up to 10 litres a day, this amount will increase during menopause.
It is important to replace the fluids and electrolytes you may have lost during night sweats and hot flushes, to avoid dehydration.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
A general guide to fluid consumption is to drink in ounces half of what you weigh, so for example, if you weigh 150lbs you should try to drink 75 ounces of water a day. If in any doubt please chat to a medical professional.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
During the menopause, your body sweats and your electrolytes and minerals deplete. Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will help replenish all of those lost vitamins and minerals.
- Sleep with the window open.
Fresh air circulating around the room can help reduce night sweats by keeping the temperature constantly cool. it is also great to change the air and keep things fresh!
- Use a fan.
If it is difficult or unsafe to sleep with the window open, try using a fan, this is particularly helpful during the summertime if you don’t have air conditioning.
Using a fan at your desk at work will really help to prevent sweating and keep menopause body odor to a minimum.
- Wear loose clothing
Wearing loose clothing will allow the air to circulate around your body and will help to keep you cooler.
- Consider using HRT
Hormone Replacement Therapy is not for everyone, however, some people have amazing results with it, check with your doctor to see which options are available to you.
You can read about menopausal fatigue symptoms in this post
Frequently Asked Questions And Answers
There are so many changes to your body and changes in body odour during menopause, so you may find your regular deodorant stops working as well as it did. It can be difficult for your regular deodorant to combat menopause body odour.
I would suggest trying various different types of deodorant to see if you can find one that better suits you.
Most good health shops and pharmacies sell a crystal deodorant which is a type of alternative deodorant made from natural mineral salts called potassium Alam.
Potassium Alam has been shown to have high anti-microbal properties, which can be great if you are you are finding that your regular deodorant is not working any more.
Crystal deodorants are cheap, long-lasting and kinder to the body.
In my opinion, crystal deodorant is the best menopause deodorant.
A change in your body odour during the years of the menopause is perfectly normal, however, a sweet-smelling sweat may be the cause of an underlying problem such as diabetes, if you notice a change, see a doctor.
Hot flushes cause frequent sweating.
Hormonal imbalances and a decrease in oestrogen (which helps to regulate body temperature) cause menopausal body changes.
Vaginal changes may also contribute to menopause body odour.
One of the easiest ways to control menopausal sweating would be to start using hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Speak to your doctor about the various options available to you.
Not everyone who is going through the menopause suffers from menopause body odor, however, some women do find that certain changes in their hormone levels make them more prone to changes in body odor.
For more information about menopausal symptoms, go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/symptoms/
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