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Talking to Your Wife about Her Changes in Body Odor

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You have probably come to learn, that dealing with your wife and her raging hormones during menopause can be somewhat tricky. Her moods are up and down like a yo-yo, she suffers with hot flashes and night sweats which only make her more irritable, she has lost her libido somewhere along the way, and she keeps forgetting things that you have told her.

However, for some partners, the effects of the varying symptoms do not stop there. Women also tend to experience changes in their body odor during menopause. But, discussing this with them can lead to embarrassing, awkward, and upsetting situations.

Menopausal women produce more sweat because of the menopausal symptoms they have like hot flashes and night sweats. Just keep in mind that this process is natural and it's not her fault. Guaranteed, she doesn't want to be deal with this problem anymore than you. If you can't ignore her change in odor or feel, it would be best to alert her, so she can conceal it from other people, try to be gentle and understanding.

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Be Careful with Your Comments

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Only you can judge how your wife will react. If you think it might push her over the edge and cause problems then maybe try a well-placed hint. Try giving her a new perfume or suggesting that you shower together. Whatever your hint, be careful and smart about it.

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Choose the Right Time

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If you have been together for years, you would think that you know your wife inside-out. If so, more often than not, it is better to just talk about the issue then to 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 problem bigger than it is. Just be upfront and get straight to the point. Again, just show your support and understanding.

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Blame Menopause

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Make her aware that you know why her body odor has changed as a result of menopause, and that she is not to blame. Don't let her think that you are suggesting she has let herself go. The decreased level of the reproductive hormone estrogen is what causes the body to misinterpret temperatures and makes her sweat profusely. Fortunately, since menopause is the culprit, there are several solutions available to help remedy her change 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 how you feel about her and that you are simply telling her so that you can help fix the problem.

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