Managing Body Odour in Perimenopause
Do you remember the days of suffering from strong body odour in your teenage years, feeling self-conscious and reaching for your deodorant at every opportunity? If you’re starting to see signs of perimenopause, you may have experienced these feelings a lot more recently too.
Strong body odour and perimenopause can go hand-in-hand, which can be difficult to deal with; not only are you trying to come to terms with changes to your body, but you’re also feeling extra conscious of how you smell and whether the people around you can sense a change too.
While it’s unlikely that others will be able to tell, you need to feel confident in yourself to be able to navigate menopause feeling comfortable and empowered, and there are ways to manage a change in your body odour to help you to do this.
Why Can Body Odour Change in Perimenopause?
Your body’s oestrogen supply helps to regulate its temperature, playing a key role in the function of a part of the brain known as the hypothalamus. This is responsible for keeping you cool when you start to get too warm.
Therefore, when your oestrogen levels begin to decline - typically in your late 40s, with the average age for menopause in the UK currently 51 - your hypothalamus can be affected, and that’s why many women experience hot flushes.
Excessive sweating is a natural consequence of hot flushes, which is why you can have a more noticeable body odour around the time of perimenopause and menopause.
Anxiety can be closely linked with hot flushes, but worrying and stressing can make sweating worse, so it’s important to find a way to manage this side effect of menopause, as this could help to get multiple symptoms under control.
Managing a Change in Body Odour in Perimenopause
It’s the lack of oestrogen in your body that’s behind these symptoms, so you need to find a way to replace it and you can do so naturally with menopause supplements.
Femarelle® is one of the options available to you, containing the soy derivative DT56a to replace the oestrogen that you’re now lacking. These natural supplements could therefore help to regulate the function of your hypothalamus, subsequently providing relief from severe hot flushes, as well as the associated excessive sweating.
There are other small lifestyle changes you can make to manage your risk of hot flushes, night sweats and strong-smelling sweating, such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and eating more foods containing magnesium - such as spinach, broccoli, beans and fish - as this mineral is believed to help with regulating excessive sweating.
When you sweat or cry, your body loses zinc, and this can cause an unpleasant, strong body odour and foul-smelling breath, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting plenty of zinc in your diet; you can find it in pumpkin seeds, almonds, sesame seeds and pine nuts.
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