Body Odor

Changes in Body Odor during MenopauseBody Odor

As if hot flashes and night sweats were not bothersome enough in and of themselves, changes in body odor that occur as a result of these menopausal symptoms are one of the most odious side effects of menopause. Changes in body odor can lead to embarrassment, dejection, and anxiety in social situations.

Fortunately, once the root cause of these changes in body odor is understood, it is possible to control them In a blind study, both males and females rated the body odor of vegetarians
as more attractive to that of meat eaters.

Definition of Body Odor

Body odor is a byproduct of sweat, the body´s natural cooling system. Women possess two types of sweat glands.

Eccrine Glands
• Located all over body
• Produce odorless sweat
• Sweat is released onto body´s surface.
Apocrine Glands
• Produce fatty sweat inside of the gland
• Located near hair follicles
• Sweat is pushed to surface when women feel anxious, stressed, or exercise.

In the case of sweat produced by the apocrine glands, which are located near hair follicles on the scalp, underarms, and groin area, the sweat contains fatty compounds. Bacteria feed on this sweat when it is secreted to the skin´s surface, and the resulting waste products, fatty acids, ammonia, and chemical reactions form a palpable odor which is unique for every woman.

Changes in Body Odor and Menopause

Numerous typical menopausal symptoms can cause an increase in sweat production, which can lead to changes in body odor. Hot flashes and night sweats in particular have a strong effect, though psychological symptoms such as depression, panic attacks, or anxiety can lead to an increase in the incidence of sweating as well. More sweat leads to changes in body odor.

Causes of Changes in Body Odor

Hormonal Causes

For most mid aged women, hormone fluctuations are the primary cause for changes in body odor. The main player is estrogen, which is responsible for helping regulate the ypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature.
When estrogen levels drop, as is common during menopause, a false message is sent to the hypothalamus saying that the body is overheated. At this, the hypothalamus springs into action, causing an increase in sweat production and changes in body odor as a final result.

Other Causes

In addition, other factors may play a role in the changes in body odor a woman experiences. Diet, stress, certain diseases, and heredity are all potential causes as well. A wardrobe heavy on synthetic fabrics such as polyester or other non-breathable materials will also collect sweat and lead to increased body odors.

Changes in body odor don´t have to be permanent for women.

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