During menopause, hormonal changes can lead to various symptoms and body odour may well be one of them.
Hormonal fluctuations can affect the activity of sweat glands due to changes in sweat production and composition resulting in changes in our body odour. Additionally, menopause can cause hot flushes and night sweats which can contribute to increased perspiration and potential body odour.
Whilst body odour can be bothersome or embarrassing there are steps we can take to manage this symptom:
Personal Hygiene – Maintain a regular bathing routine focusing on areas prone to sweating. Use an antibacterial soap and be sure to fully dry the problem areas before putting on clothing.
Antiperspirants and deodorants – Apply these that are designed particularly for odour control. Antiperspirants can help reduce sweating whilst deodorant can mask or neutralize odours.
Breathable clothing – Wear loose fitting clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton which allow better airflow and help to minimise sweat accumulation and odour.
Diet & Hydration – Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and wholegrains. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated as it can help to regulate body temperature and reduce excessive sweating.
Stress management – Menopause can be accompanied by increased stress levels which may worsen body odour. Try to engage in stress reducing activities such as exercise, meditation, yoga or hobbies that help promote your overall wellbeing.
If your suffering from body odour persists or starts to affect your daily life its a good idea to contact your doctor for further assessment and guidance. They can evaluate your individual needs and recommend a treatment plan accordingly.