Does menopause change your body odor?

Read on if you're smelling, ahem, a little different these days.

By Womaness Editors     2-Minute Read

In short, yes, menopause can sometimes lead to changes in body odor. During menopause, hormonal fluctuations can impact the body's natural processes, including sweat production and odor. Changes in estrogen levels can affect the body's temperature regulation and sweat glands, leading to an increase in sweating and potentially changing body odor.

Additionally, menopause can also be associated with hot flashes and night sweats, which can further contribute to changes in body odor. The sweat produced during these episodes can mix with bacteria on the skin, leading to a stronger or different odor than usual.

It is important to note that changes in body odor during menopause can vary from person to person, and not all individuals will experience this symptom. Maintaining good hygiene practices, wearing breathable clothing, using deodorants or antiperspirants, and trying plant-based body wipes can help manage changes in body odor during menopause.

If you are concerned about significant or persistent changes in body odor, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare provider to rule out any underlying medical conditions.


Does it also affect vaginal odor?

The decrease in estrogen levels can result in a decrease in vaginal lubrication and an increase in vaginal pH, creating an environment that may be more prone to infections, such as bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections, which can cause changes in vaginal odor. Additionally, menopausal changes in the vaginal microbiome can also play a role in the development of vaginal odor.

It is important for women experiencing changes in vaginal odor during menopause to maintain good vaginal hygiene, wear breathable cotton underwear, avoid douching or using harsh soaps, use gentle all-over wipes made for vaginal use, and consult with a healthcare provider if they notice persistent or bothersome changes in vaginal odor, as it may be indicative of an underlying infection or imbalance that requires medical attention.

Your doctor may recommend treatments such as vaginal estrogen therapy or over-the-counter or prescription medications to address vaginal odor and promote vaginal health during menopause. Interested in home remedies? Learn more here.