Symptoms in Detail
Body Odour Changes In Menopause
As our female sex hormones alter and decline it may directly lead to changes in body odour. This can be one of the surprising and sometimes uncomfortable side effects of peri/menopause.
Why does our body odour change?
There can be a myriad of reasons. For example, altered pH levels in your vagina can be the cause of odour changes ‘down below’. In addition, sweating through hot flushes and night sweats might make us more pungent.
Stress-related sweating is produced by the apocrine glands and it differs from the perspiration of, say, exercise in that it smells stronger and can feed bacteria.
Digestive issues might also contribute to altered body odour as less regular pooping could lead to a build-up of toxins in the body. That said, you may have a hormonally-heightened sense of smell at this time (you may have experienced this if you’ve been pregnant also) so even though you feel ‘smelly’ nobody else notices.