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From periods to postpartum – how hormones affect your sweat

From painful periods to labor and everything in between – the human body can sometimes test you. But did you know that fluctuations in how we sweat come as part of the package?

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Why do you sweat more when you’re on your period?

Your body temperature is not constant, so that means that there are some days you sweat more than others. Hormonal changes around the time of your period can alter your body temperature, sometimes causing you to sweat more. This is your body’s way of keeping you cool so you can keep breaking your limits.

Sweating during pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, the blood supply to your skin increases and your hormones shift and change. While this is happening, your body works hard to regulate its temperature, meaning you may notice you’re sweating more than usual. This is most common during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. During this time, use an antiperspirant every day – Degree products are perfectly safe to use during pregnancy. Find ways to reduce sweating during pregnancy here.

If you find you’re sweating more during pregnancy and it’s accompanied by a fever, rapid heartbeat or other symptoms, you should get advice from your doctor straight away.

Hot flashes in the perimenopause and menopause

The sweating associated with hot flashes from the perimenopause and menopause can be so severe that some people choose to carry a change of clothing with them during the day. Hot flashes can occur one-to-ten times a day and last from 30 seconds to 30 minutes each time. Stress, heat, caffeine and alcohol can all increase the likelihood of hot flashes. Find out more about sweating and the menopause here.

What are night sweats?

Night sweats are fairly common and can be experienced at different stages of the menstrual cycle. In pregnancy, night sweats could simply be a result of your body trying to adjust to a sudden hormonal or metabolic change – you can read more about them here. Postpartum night sweats and perimenopause night sweats are not unusual, but if you are concerned about anything, always speak to your doctor.

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