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Talking to Your Wife about Her Changes in Body Odor

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Women tend to experience changes in  body odor during menopause. Menopausal women tend to sweat more because of symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. Just keep in mind that this process is natural. It would be best to tell her about her changes in body odor if she hasn't noticed them herself, and when you do so, try to be gentle and understanding. Here are some tips.

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Be Careful with Your Comments

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If your partner is also suffering from mood swings during menopause, it can be hard to predict how she is going to react. Try giving her a new perfume that may have caught her eye in the store. Suggest a shower together and tell her how you feel about this process and how can you help. 

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Choose the Right Time

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If you have been together for years, you most likely know your wife inside-out. If so, it is better to talk about the symptom than avoid it and make subtle hints. Just choose your time carefully. Don't do it when other people are around or when she is stressed or having a particularly bad day. Choose a time when you know you won't be interrupted.

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Get Straight to the Point

There is no point in beating around the bush or making the issue bigger than it is. Just be upfront and get straight to the point. Again, just show your support and understanding in this transition.

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Do Not Blame Her

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You know why her body odor has changed and that she is not to blame. Don't let her think that you are suggesting she has let herself go. The changes in estrogen levels are what cause the body to misinterpret temperature and make her sweat profusely. Fortunately, there are several solutions available to help with changes in odor.

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Tell Her That it Doesn't Change Anything

Before bringing the conversation to a close, make sure you tell her that it doesn't change anything. Tell her how you feel and that you are simply bringing it to her attention. You can also offer to help her with practicing habits to improve hormone levels and body odor; for example, you could both take an exercise class or make healthier meals together.

More about Changes in Body Odor

Fortunately, women can make lifestyle changes that will help with any unpleasant body odor. There are also alternative treatments to balance hormone levels and treat changes in body odor as well as other uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Before making any drastic changes, women should consult a medical professional. Navigate through the links below to learn more about this condition.

4 Types of Menopausal Body Smells and What They Mean

Menopausal body smell is uncomfortable to talk about - but a precise diagnosis is necessary to treat it properly.

5 Things You Should Know about Your Menopausal Body Odor

Menopausal women can suffer from increased perspiration and body odor, which can result from night sweats, hot flashes, or hormone changes in general.

Sources:
  • Hutchinson, Susan M.D. "The Stages of a Woman's Life: Menstruation, Pregnancy, Nursing, Perimenopause, Menopause". November 2007.
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007