Body Odor and the Aging Woman

Aging comes with many positive attributes, such as wisdom, maturity and experience. Unfortunately, aging is also associated with some unwanted changes on the physical body. For women, however, wrinkles, weight gain and gray hair are not the only concerns. Many aging women also experience changes in body odor. Such unpleasant changes in how you smell can cause significant embarrassment and anxiety when around other people.

What Causes Body Odor?

Understanding body odor can help you understand why you may smell differently as you age. Body odor is the byproduct of sweating, which is our body’s natural cooling system. Some of these sweat glands (eccrine glands) do not produce an odor, while others (apocrine glands) are more known for their stinky smell. Apocrine sweat glands are located near hair follicles on the body. These glands are triggered to release sweat when the body is anxious or stressed.

Sweating More as You Age?

What do sweat glands have to do with the aging woman? Like many other unwanted changes in women, hormones are to blame. During menopause, a woman experiences a significant rise in sweat production, which can be in the form of hot flashes, night sweats or increased anxiety. Unfortunately, the plummet of estrogen during this menopausal phase triggers a false message to the hypothalamus saying that the body is overheated and needs to be cooled. This causes aging women to be left with unexpected surges of sweat and the resulting body odor that comes along with it.

Taking Control of Body Odor

Are you self-conscious about your body odor as an aging woman? Taking control of your body odor can done by taking control of your hormones. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we understand the disruptive changes that occur during menopause. Our skilled gynecologists are equipped to offer a full menu of treatment options to help you manage and combat these issues. Contact our Cumming clinic today and let us tackle your body odor! Our office is currently accepting new patients, and we participate with most health insurance providers.

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