What May Cause Sudden Body Odor Increases and How To Address Them

What May Cause Sudden Body Odor Increases and How To Address Them

By: The Honey Pot Company

Ever notice your body's signature scent deciding to remix itself without a heads-up? It's like, one day, everything's peachy, and the next, you're sniffing around, wondering who brought the funk. 

As humans with vaginas, we're no strangers to the body's mysterious ways. Something's up when the usual fresh vibe of your honeypot starts hitting notes you didn't compose. Maybe it's a bit more musky or tangy than your norm, and you're left pondering, "What's the deal?" 

Don’t stress; your friends at The Honey Pot are here to crack the code on these sudden scent switch-ups. Because, let's face it, when your body odor decides to go rogue, it's time to tune in — not turn away. 

Let's dive into the whys together, shall we?


Do Hormonal Fluctuations Change Body Odor?


Hormonal changes can feel like your body's internal climate has its own seasons, and honestly, it's not always spring. Those hormone levels ebbing and flowing? They're the behind-the-scenes DJs at the party in your pits, especially during puberty, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, or the grand finale: menopause. 

Ideas for Battling Body Odor:

  • Lean on Skin-Lovin’ Products: Our clinically tested and hypoallergenic refreshing sprays are a must-have for navigating the hormonal rollercoaster with grace. They're crafted to offer the gentle aromatic support your armpits and other sensitive areas need — minus the harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin.
  • Fabric Matters: Cotton or bamboo fabrics are your BFFs here — they let your skin breathe and cut down on the sweat lodge effect.
  • Open Dialogue With Healthcare Pros: Keeping a dialogue open with a healthcare provider can help. More often than not, tweaking your wellness routine is all it takes to get those hormones harmonizing again.

Can Dietary Choices Affect Our Body Odor?


Who would've thought your Friday night pizza or garlicky pasta could sneak its way into your body's scent playlist? Foods loaded with garlic, onions, and a medley of spices (hello, cumin!) can leave their mark on your taste buds and your sweat

And it's not just the heavy hitters — even healthy picks like cruciferous veggies are getting in on this aromatic action.


  • Moderation Is Key: You don't have to cut out those flavor-packed foods completely, but consider moderating their intake, especially before social events or workouts.
  • Water, Water, and More Water: Oh, and did we say water? Increasing your H2O intake can help dilute the scent-intensifying compounds in those foods.
  • Gentle Cleansing for the Win: After indulging in a feast that could rival a spice market, our Cucumber Aloe Wash can be your go-to for ensuring your intimate areas are cool and cleansed, keeping everything in fresh harmony without disrupting the balance.

What Poor Hygiene Practices Affect Our Smell?


It might seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes, the basics get overlooked. Skipping showers, wearing the same clothes too long, or not changing out of workout gear can turn you into a walking petri dish for bacteria — the real culprits behind that kickin' body odor.


  • Elevate Your Shower Game: Make it a non-negotiable part of your day. Indulge in a refreshing cleanse to keep that bacteria at bay and your scent on point. This doesn’t mean loading up on antibacterial soap, though — remember: gentleness is key.
  • Fresh Threads Daily: Change out of sweaty clothes and into fresh ones as soon as you can. 
  • Wipes to the Rescue: For those times when a shower isn't in the cards, our Feminine Cleansing Wipes are your best friend. They're perfect for a quick refresh, especially after a gym session or on those unbearably hot summer days.

What Is Hyperhidrosis? 


Short answer: Hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating. It takes sweating to the next level, with your sweat glands acting like they're running a marathon you didn't sign up for. 

This condition can leave you feeling like you're in a constant state of perspiration, impacting not just your underarms but potentially your hands, feet, and face, too.


  • Consult a Dermatologist: If over-the-counter antiperspirants aren't cutting it, a dermatologist can offer treatments like prescription-strength deodorants or even Botox to reduce sweating.
  • Dress Smart: Opt for clothing that's not only stylish but also made from moisture-wicking fabrics to help keep you dry and comfortable.
  • Mind Your Menu: Spicy foods and caffeine can turn up your body's heat. Keeping these to a minimum can help manage sweating and, by extension, body odor.



Ever felt like stress doesn't just mess with your energy but also with your scent? That's because when you're in high-anxiety mode, your body cranks up the production of sweat from those apocrine glands, which are famous for creating that stronger, more noticeable body odor. 

Yes, stress-sweat smells different, and it's not just you noticing it.


  • Master the Art of Zen: Incorporating relaxation techniques into your daily grind can help keep stress-induced sweat at bay. Meditation, deep breathing exercises, or a quick yoga session can not only reduce stress but also chill out its aromatic side effects.
  • On-the-Go Freshness: For those moments when stress catches you off guard, keep a pack of our Travel Wipes in your bag. They're perfect for a quick refresh, leaving you feeling clean and smelling great, no matter what life throws at ya.
  • Sweat It Out: Regular exercise helps manage stress and regulates the sweat you're producing, making it a double win for your scent and your sanity.

What Health Conditions and Medications Change Our Scent?


Navigating the maze of health conditions like kidney disease, bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections, an overactive thyroid, or even diabetes can feel like you're cracking a code without a cipher. Throw in medications that come with their own bouquet of side effects, and it's like your body's been hijacked by a scent you don't recognize. 

From night sweats that leave you searching for the AC remote to a sudden change in body temperature, these internal battles can alter your external aroma.

  • Stay Informed: Always read the fine print on your medications, understanding that side effects might include changes in body odor or even bad breath. Knowledge is power; in this case, it's the first step to tackling those unexpected scent shifts.
  • Track and Tackle: Keeping a journal of your symptoms and any notable changes in your body odor can be incredibly insightful. It's like being a detective in your own health mystery, helping you pinpoint what might be causing these changes.
  • Consult and Converse: Having an open conversation with your OB or primary doc can shed light on any medical conditions contributing to body odor changes. It might be something manageable with a tweak in your supplements or a change in medication.

A Final Word


Navigating the twists and turns of body odor doesn't have to be a solo journey filled with confusion. At The Honey Pot, we're all about keeping it real and fresh — just like you. 

Whether it's choosing the right deodorant, rocking those breathable fabrics, or simply making sure your space has enough air to share, we've got your back (and your vulva). 

Remember, your body's changes are natural, and with a little insight and the right support, you can tackle any scent surprises life throws your way. Stay fresh, stay fabulous, and keep listening to what your body tells you — we're here to help translate.


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Science Of Stink: Blame Sulfur Compounds For Your Garlic Breath | NPR

Sweating and body odor - Symptoms & causes | Mayo Clinic

Hyperhidrosis: Types, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment | Cleveland Clinic