What's The Deal with Perimenopause & Body Odor?
by Sarah Thomas
Perimenopause. What does that even mean?
In Latin, the prefix peri means around. So although the medical profession does not use the term, in a nutshell, perimenopause is premenopause. It is the transitional phase leading up to menopause.
During perimenopause, a woman's hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone, begin to fluctuate, leading to irregular menstrual cycles. This phase can last anywhere from a few months to several years.
When Can You Expect To Start Experiencing Perimenopause?
It typically starts several years before menopause but will vary from one woman to the next. Some women will feel the effects of perimenopause around the age of 35 to 45.
It's important to note that even though fertility declines during perimenopause, pregnancy is still possible, so contraception should still be considered until a woman has reached menopause.
And just as a refresher, menopause is simply marked when a woman has gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. This typically occurs around the age of 45 to 55, but the timing can vary for each individual.
Perimenopause Symptoms May Include:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Sleep disturbances
- Vaginal dryness
- Changes in libido
- Changes in body odor
We’re here to talk about that last bullet - changes in body odor.
Why Does Body Odor Change During Perimenopause?
Some women report a change in body odor as they get closer to menopause, even though they haven’t changed their hygiene habits. Their tried and true deodorants start to fail them, and they wonder what is going on.
Hormonal changes, increased sweating with hot flashes and night sweats, and urinary incontinence can all contribute to perimenopause odor.
It’s important to point out that hormonal changes can cause our sense of smell to become more acute as we approach menopause (remember the pregnancy days and all of a sudden becoming intensely aware of every single smell within a city block?)
So take heart because even if you are hyperaware of your own perimenopausal sweat and odor changes, chances are you’re the only one taking note.
How Can Lume Help Ease Your Mind?
Good news, Lume’s got everything you need to control hormonal body odor at every stage of life. Here’s the rundown:
Start your day one step ahead of odor with our exceptional body wash that is clinically proven to remove odor better than ordinary soap, AND control odor for 24 hours. Powered by Mandelic Acid, pH optimized for odor control, and developed by an OB/GYN, so you know it is safe to ue in all the places you want to control odor.
Underarms aren’t the only place we have odor, and Lume Whole Body Deodorant is the solution for all body odor. You might prefer using the Smooth Solid Stick for your pits, but we recommend giving our Invisible Cream Tube a try - it rubs in like a lotion and leaves zero residue. Zero!
You’ll be amazed and delighted when you find out what a difference a little pea sized amount of Lume can make. Use it where you need it - pits, underboob, belly buttons, skin folds, privates, butt cracks, feet, and even behind your ears! Anywhere, really!
Our deodorant is clinically proven to block odor all day and continues to control odor for 24 hours. We’re not messing around with body odor here, we mean business.
Need a touch up on the go? Make it count with our Acidified Wipes that are clinically proven to control odor for 24 hours. Use a wipe before or after intimacy, after a workout, before a hot date, or any time you want to refresh between showers.
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