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I am 45 and pre-menapausal. I have noticed a change in body odor and have never had a problem with this before. Has anyone experienced this and can anything be done. I'm very clena and have tried every deoderant out there.
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replied April 8th, 2009
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I have read on the Forum where some women use Norforms which is a suppository...Either that or check with your doctor to see if you have a yeast infection...

Hope this helps......

Caroline
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replied April 8th, 2009
I think you mis understood; it's body odor (underarm), not vaginal odor.
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replied August 22nd, 2013
Hi - I had this same problem during/after menopause. I had never, ever had a problem with BO in my whole life before, barely needed deodorant. When this happened, it was so bad, and NEVER went away, and believe me I tried every deodorant and every internet suggestion out there. I did find something that completely got rid of it - and that was to take 30mg of Zinc a day. I now don't even really need deodorant. It took about 3 weeks of taking it to build up enough to work (I guess), but I've never been so grateful to find a solution in my life!!! Just try it for 3 weeks - find a Zinc vitamin at least 30mg, and take it once a day. Best of luck, I know how you feel!!!!!
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replied April 8th, 2009
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I am sorry about that...I kind of deal with both with talking to women...One of the things that I felt helped was using Baby Powder...Some people say a different diet, but I think stress brings a lot of this into play...

I wish I could give you some better answers on this but I am sure other women can help who have battled this recently...

Take care,
Caroline
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replied April 8th, 2009
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I did find this on controlling body odor, so hopefully it may help...

"Conventional wisdom suggests that perspiration is the cause of body odor. However, perspiration by itself is basically odorless, but it is the bacteria and odors coming from other sources that are the real culprits. Anaerobic bacteria, which flourish when your body doesn't have enough oxygen, may well be the cause of your body odor. As the body's metabolism goes to work, it gives off odors which is the body's way of ridding itself of waste products. Any imbalances in metabolism will result in stronger odors.

Since we are talking about waste products you must consider toxins as a possible cause of body odor. In today's world we are bombarded with toxins in our homes, food, and air that accumulate in the body when the organs of elimination cannot dispose of them. The liver and intestines may be clogged up, causing odors to emanate from the body, so we suggest a thorough detoxification program by cleansing the liver, kidneys and colon.

Dietary imbalances, resulting in constipation or a deficiency of magnesium or zinc may be other causes of body odor. section for causes and remedies. Because of a person's body chemistry, some people who eat large quantities of meat or who are vegetarians have a very distinctive body odor which can be quite offensive. Some individuals cannot metabolize foods containing large amounts of chorine, such as eggs, fish, liver and legumes. The result is a "fishy" smell. If you are one of these people, cut out these products and see if this is the cause of your odor. Certain foods and drinks, such as onions, garlic, curry, certain spicy foods, coffee and alcohol, are also prime causes. Fried and baked goods may contain rancid fats and oils that lead to body odor.

Sweat glands (apocrine glands) under the arms and in the groin secrete a substance that is the major non-food/drink related cause of body odor. This substance, which contains protein, carbohydrates, and lipids, often secreted by a surge in sex hormones caused by tense moments or emotional stress, is quickly attacked by bacteria, causing odor. Also, today children are starting puberty much earlier, and this change in hormones may lead to body odor in children younger than previously. Estrogen dominance, often caused by petrochemical products, may trigger the earlier puberty. Drinking sodas out of plastic bottles is one of the leading causes of estrogen dominance."
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replied April 18th, 2009
change in body odor
i had the same problem. and when i mention it to my doctor he laugh and said i was too sensitive. i spent alot of money on different deodarant and nothing help.after 2 years things are startin to change where as its not as bad. clean with wet wipe and and reapply deororant thru out the day or night.
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replied September 10th, 2009
hey thoroid, if I was you I would sack that doctor that was an entirely inappropriate and unprofessional response. menopausal women can experience body odor related to the increasing body heat and wildly changing hormone levels. a few sites have recommended magnesium, zinc, vit A B and C aswell as wheat grass to try to help the body get back in to balance.
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replied September 12th, 2009
bouncingfish has some very good advice here.

I would also recommend a good colon cleanse to help your body rid itself of toxins. Depending on your toxic load and the kit you choose, you may even consider doing two cleanses, one right after the other, or a longer cleanse kit. You can usually find kits at your local health food store.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and is one of the most common routes the body uses to rid itself of toxins. Often times odors are caused by the body cleansing itself of toxins.

In follow up to the cleanse, I would suggest you try to remove as many chemicals from your diet as possible by eating non processed foods or home cooked meals and organic foods whenever possible.

You may wonder why suddenly this may have become an issue. There are many reasons and theories but some are years of accumulated toxic load have now reached a very high level, or hormonal changes associated with menopause are now changing the way your body metabolizes toxins. Toxins come from processed or non organic foods, medications, metabolic waste, the environment, skin products, the list is endless...
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replied August 17th, 2011
Colon cleansing is unsafe and a quack remedy.
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replied August 27th, 2010
Yikes! Body Odor? I can relate.....
I started having the same issue a few months ago. Very clean diet, exercise, etc. Then I moved and I think the change (which was made under duress) sent my body into a tailspin.

Having spent my whole life PMS free and no problems with my periods I was completely at a loss as to the under arm odor and weight gain I was now experiencing. As hard as it seemed to believe, it had to be my hormones that were out of whack, somehow. It was the only thing that made any sense. Afterall, I am 45.

Long story short, I found a product called DeOdor sold on-line by DeOdor Works and started using Progesterone cream. I saw results in about a week and it has only gotten better. I can say, that stress is/was a huge factor in my life.

I would not use Baby Powder as it contains Talc or any body powders that contain Talc, as it is Carcinogenic. Baking Soda is AMAZING though. But kind of messy to use and leaves residue.

I hope this helps....
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replied January 3rd, 2011
Bodo odor change
It is quite common that people increase body odor with age. It is scientifically known that skin's anti oxidant function gets weaker as you age, to produce specific body odor called "NONENAL". This fact was found by Shiseido, Japanese major cosmetics company.
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replied January 3rd, 2011
Body odor change
It is scientifically known that body odor changes with age, because skin's anti oxidant function gets weaker as you get older. I hope this helps.
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replied January 23rd, 2011
Menopausal body odor change
My body odor suddenly became very masculine smelling at age 47, probably related to peri-menopause, and I starting frantically researching online sites for help. After visiting many expert websites and reading the same ridiculous suggestions on every one, such as: don?t eat certain foods, use anti-bacterial soap, etc., I looked for a real solution. The medical sites all act as though this is a problem of poor hygiene, one that suddenly presents at age 47 - I think not. I believe this problem is related to a hormone change, much like those we experienced at puberty. I've found two options that have eliminated the issue. The first thing I tried was using "steel soap" for 30 seconds under each arm in the shower every morning. Steel soap a metal "bar of soap" sold to remove odors on your hands when preparing foods like onion and garlic. This almost completely eliminated the odor on the first use and is a chemical free option. After using the steel soap and still noticing some odor coming from my clean washed clothes in the afternoon, I realized I needed to use a stain treatment product on the underarms, which eliminated the residual odor. The second thing I tried, which worked like a charm, was applying an acne face pad containing salicylic acid to each underam every morning - I use Stridex Maximum. Good luck to those of you still searching. Hope this helps!
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replied May 16th, 2012
Do you use the Stridex in conjunction with deoderant? I am postmenopausal and have noticed slight armpit odor, I guess and additional application of deoderant wouldn't hurt.
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replied October 10th, 2012
I am going to try this steel soap. I am desperate and have tried everything. I have even switched to a man's deodorant brand. I live in Florida where heat and humidity is basically year round.
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replied January 23rd, 2011
Japanese persimmon
Body odor stems from a variety of sources. In 2001, the Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido identified Nonenal, as the main source of hormonal imbalance, or aging, body odor. Nonenal has an unpleasant greasy odor.

The Japanese have an open and healthy attitudes towards aging odor or smell, which they refer to as kareisyu and have successfully eliminated with Japanese botanicals. The key ingredient is persimmon extract. Soap and wash including the Japanese persimmon eliminate Nonenal instantly and prevent it from forming, 24/7 for all day freshness.

How Nonenal is Produced
1. During menopause, as estrogen levels decrease, male hormone ratios are increased, resulting in more lipid acid (fatty acid) production in the sebaceous gland.
2. As we get older, the natural antioxidant protection of our skin decreases.
3. Palmitoleic acid in lipid acid is oxidized.
4. This results in the production of an unsaturated aldehyde, Nonenal.

I found myself very clean and odorless with such persimmon Japanese soaps.
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replied February 8th, 2012
change in body odour vaginal post menopausal
i have noticed a change in body odour from vagina,its not bad smell just different and stronger,i had no symptons of menopause sailed through it,but since became post meno i noticed a slightly different non offensive odour all the time,i at first thought it was foods but its same small and i eat varied vegetarian diet its not infection so i guess irs normal but would love some advice on if im doing ok.
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replied February 8th, 2012
change in body odour vaginal post menopausal
i have noticed a change in body odour from vagina,its not bad smell just different and stronger,i had no symptons of menopause sailed through it,but since became post meno i noticed a slightly different non offensive odour all the time,i at first thought it was foods but its same small and i eat varied vegetarian diet its not infection so i guess irs normal but would love some advice on if im doing ok.
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replied August 8th, 2012
I started noticing that my body (not just underarms) smelled more bitter when I reached peri-menopause. Now that I am on tamoxifen I cannot stand the smell of my hands. I wash them constantly but they never smell "clean". Maybe it is the smell of stress.
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replied September 16th, 2012
Thanks for all the comments. I never had any smell, but now I have a very strong bad odor, which I think is linked to dairy products, I have noticed an improvement when I stop eating them and replace for Soy or Rice milk or goat cheeses. I am 47, and never had a problem with bad smell. Keep posting solutions. Gabriela
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replied November 21st, 2012
I am really struggling: I am experiencing vaginal odor that comes and go throughout the day. It also comes and goes through out sexual relations. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. When it's there, it is quite pungent! I had 2 different doctors check me and both told me they could smell nothing. One doctor treated me for Bacterial Vaginas, but it didn't go away. Second Doctor told me it was not noticeable and to ignore it. The only soap I find relief from is Irish Spring, and that is often a therapy that I use more than once daily. How long will this last? Will I ever get back to "normal" in this area? I eat clean, drink lots of water...I lack regular exercise, although I am not over weight, and I'm an occasional smoker, rarely drink alcohol. Any suggestions? Any encouragement? I am 52 and began noticing "symptoms" approximately 1 year ago.
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replied January 25th, 2013
bad body order
ladies I also have the same problem am 49 and never had to use any deordorant before. Now I can't stand myself. But i have started to use this soap and it has worked for me. Here is the link.I don't make any money off this,just wanted to let you know that after researching and trying differernt things this worked.
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replied April 11th, 2013
I can relate to basically all that has been said. I find that a good deodorant helps with the underarm problems. While reading a home remedy book I noticed that the writer recommended garlic use for minor vaginal problems. I tried inserting one peg of garlic each night for 7 nights and it worked! Wash a peg of garlic, place a thread through it insert at nights before going and remove the next morning. No, it doesn't burn, there is no odor from it. You do taste the garlic in your mouth, not sure how to explain that! Good luck. PS DO NOT CRUSH THE GARLIC!
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