Imbalanced hormones & body odour

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Imbalanced hormones & body odour
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Body odour can be both embarrassing and offensive as it is widely considered to be the result of bad personal hygiene. However, this is not always the case. In fact, a large number of people suffer from body odour due to hormone imbalances.

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About hormones

Hormones are chemical substances produced by the body to control and regulate the activity of certain cells or organs. To work correctly, they must be properly balanced.

Causes of hormonal imbalance in women

The most prominent of hormonal imbalances in women is called oestrogen dominance, where too much oestrogen is present, and not enough progesterone. This can be caused by medical conditions such as menopause, as well as other factors such as the pill, environmental poisons, stress and hormone replacement therapy.

Causes of hormonal imbalance in men

Low levels of testosterone and high amounts of oestrogen can cause body odour in men. This can be caused by ageing and diet, as well as the environment.

Imbalanced hormones & body odour
Men with higher levels of testosterone are less likely to suffer from body odour. (Image by, courtesy of Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic)

Body odour remedies

Wash or rinse affected areas such as armpits or groin, two or three times daily. Keep deodorant handy and wear loose clothing. Try supplements such as magnesium and zinc. Keep wet wipes or moist towelettes handy for urgent situations.

Imbalanced hormones & body odour
Be sure to carry a bottle of deodorant with you at all times if you suffer from body odour. (Image by, courtesy of Richard)

Medical treatments

Getting your hormones in proper balance can only be done with the help of a medical professional. Speak with your doctor to find out what hormone treatments are available and which ones are best suited for you.

Imbalanced hormones & body odour
Seeking medical advice is advisable if you are experiencing chronic body odour. (Image by, courtesy of Logan Ingalls)

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