Believe it or not, our body consists of two-to-three million sweat glands. And with those lovely sweat glands come sweating here and there. Your body is always sweating. Even when you don't see it. If you're lucky, the sweat on your body will evaporate quickly. There are more glands in the armpits, soles of your feet, around your pelvic area and the palms of your hands. With all this, some of the population may have excessive sweating – especially more so in these sensitive areas during your monthly period cycle.
There are a few factors that can contribute to excessive sweating. Factors such as air temperature rising, developing a fever, while you are exercising, when you may feel anxious or nervous or under stress and of course, when you are going through hormonal changes, like during your menses. Your body is smart. When under these situations, it is your body’s flight or fight response. When that is no longer the issue and you are sweating for no apparent reason, it is called hyperhidrosis; excessive sweating to the point that moisture may literally drip from your hands with no known cause. One to two percent of the population endure this. However, for the most part, sweating is natural and healthy!
While there is no primal reason why excessive sweating occurs, it may at times be linked to an underlying medical condition. It is always best to consult your physician to make sure. On the up note that you are just one of the few that have excessive sweating with no cause, there are tips and measures you can take to help. If you are noticing more sweat than you think is typical in your private area or the other areas listed above, consider the following:
- Medications called anticholinergic that affect the nerve signals to the sweat glands may help with excessive sweating.
- An over-the-counter or prescription strength antiperspirant for underarms may help. And, it isn’t uncommon for women to place this also on the inside of their thighs to help with sweating in the pelvic region, as well as, odor. You can see your physician or dermatologist for a prescription. Do be mindful of the purpose and effects of anti-perspirants. Consider even reading our other article on natural alternatives to anti-perspirants.
- A low intensity electrical current treatment to zap the sweat glands called iontophoresis.
- Some dermatologists may inject Botox under the arm as well as other locations deemed safe for injection to help reduce sweat.
While there are ways to help reduce sweating, there are also certain medicines that increase your sweating. Things to consider when you are taking a medication, like painkillers, hormonal medicines, antidepressants and cardiovascular drugs, is that they are amongst the category of meds linked to causing excessive sweating.
So what goes out must come from something going in. When moisture comes out, it is imperative to keep your body hydrated. You can become dehydrated when your body loses more water than you consume. If you are profusely sweating and aren't drinking enough water to replenish the amount of water your body loses, you could become dehydrated. It is recommended to drink 8-12 cups of water a day. And more, if you excessively sweat. So drink up, especially during the time that your body is working overtime to cleanse itself during your menstrual cycle.
All in all, our body is meant to fight. It is meant to protect. These millions of glands, as much as a nuisance they may be, are there relatively to cool down when we overheat. Think of it as radiator that is overheating. What is heated up we just cool it down. We have the measures to do it. We just have to apply it. Considering the above tips during your period will help keep your ph balanced and your sweat under control.