Ask the Experts- September 2021

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: September 15, 2021

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

This is quite embarrassing and I don’t know if it is related to menopause or not.

First, I use deodorant everyday but I find I still have an odor under my arms. Is there anything you can tell me about that?


Dear Lauren,

Your question is a good one. Certain foods and drinks you have consumed, as well as certain kinds of medications which you may be taking can cause your sweat to smell.

For instance, if you are eating garlic, onions and spicy foods you may want to try cutting back on these things to see if this helps your problem. It might be a great idea for you to wear clothing that’s made of fabrics which are breathable, like cotton. Or clothing that wicks moisture away.

If your antiperspirant deodorant product is not working you may want to pay a visit to your doctor.  Your doctor may check to see if you are having a thyroid problem or hormonal changes due to menopause may be related to your concern. Your doctor may also suggest a prescription strength deodorant or Botox injections which may help decrease sweating and odor. Your doctor can certainly help you with problem and if your change in body odor is related to menopause, your doctor may recommend hormone therapy. Certainly if you find smelly armpits are affecting your quality of life, you should speak to your doctor.

We hope this information is of help to you.