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Do women smell different after menopause?

By Expert HERWriter December 15, 2008 - 9:41pm
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Do any of you who have gone through menopause think you smell different than you did before? By that I mean the way your body smells to you, not that your nose is working differently. I always thought it was just me that felt this way, but tonight I read an article about someone else who thinks she also smells different now that she's post-menopausal.

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(reply to sunshinedaisy)

I was prescribed Estrace Cream as well. I used it regularly for quite awhile, but really didn't notice a difference. And it seemed to burn sometimes. I asked my dr about that, & was told that it shouldn't do that. Yet it did. So I quit using it.

February 10, 2016 - 7:11am
(reply to Anonymous)

This is exactly what I was thinking when I read that this woman & so many others are using Premarin. A gynecologist wanted to put me on it about 5 yrs ago, because I was having very heavy, long, painful periods (l was in my late 40s then). As miserable as I was, I knew what Premarim was made from & the cruelty to the mares & foals, so I would not use it. I'm a vegetarian (10 yrs +), & animal rights advocate. I ended up getting a complete hysterectomy almost 2 & 1/2 yrs ago (I had Endometriosis in my uterus, along with the other issues I mentioned). I have struggled since with sweating a lot more under my arms & in my crotch, with very strong odors. I get hot flashes & night sweats sooo easily. I'd love to find things to help with all of this, but not Premarin or any other products that come from animals being treated horribly. I am going to talk to another gynecologist about it, so hopefully I can find acceptable alternatives to help me smell good again. And I'm taking screen shots of the comments on here about what is working for others (other than Premarin or similar). So thanks, ladies. :)

February 7, 2016 - 3:22pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you so much for sharing this with us all. I underwent surgery and within the last 6 months noticed a chance, not un pleasant just not the same. I'm gong to give this a try. Thank you so much for such great free information.

November 23, 2015 - 2:24pm
(reply to Anonymous)

I use Dial soap and vinegar and it works. I soapey up my wash rag and pour about 2table spoons of white vinegar on my rag and wash all over then rinse off, it helps with my sweating also.

November 7, 2015 - 2:09pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

You are very kind to share this info, Anon. Many of our readers are desperately searching for a solution and positive experiences always help!


October 12, 2015 - 3:07pm

I'm so happy to have stumbled across this website . I'm not alone

September 21, 2015 - 7:39pm
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I am 51 and haven't noticed any odor in the vaginal area but my arm pits STINK lately! It smells like a garbage can, I can't stand it! I saw above to apply witch hazel to the armpits I am going to try that.

September 16, 2015 - 10:49am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

to Anonymous about arm pits smell. Have you tried making your own deodorant with baking soda, coconut oil and lavender e.o.? It really works. Years, before menopause I started to have a skunky smell and tried everything!! The only thing that worked and still does is what I mentioned above. Look online for DIY deodorant recipes.

October 5, 2015 - 4:52am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I have found over the years that I need to change my deodorant brand every couple of years. I think my body must get used to it. I just changed my deodorant recently because I was starting to have underarm odor again and it's fine now!

November 4, 2015 - 6:10pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon!

Witch hazel is a good idea, also consider lemon juice or tea tree oil, both are natural deodorants. Let us know what works for you, it could really help our readers.


September 25, 2015 - 5:50am
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