Do your armpits get really stinky right before your period and you dread going to work and social situations?

Even if you’ve managed to find a strong deodorant that actually masks this problem, having really stinky underarms right before menstruation is a troublesome, though benign, problem.

The smell could be so bad that if the sufferer is standing in the wind, the breeze could actually blow the odor into her face.

Or, she may enter a room and suddenly smell it — because she had just been in there exercising.

And all along, she’s been showering. washing her armpits and wearing clean clothes — but the odor comes on as long as menstruation is about to begin.

Cause of Stinky Underarms Right Before Your Period

“This is a sign of accumulating toxins and poor liver detoxification,” notes Mylaine Riobe, MD, founder of Riobe Institute of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Riobe, board certified in OB/GYN and integrative medicine, is the author of “The Answer to Cancer.”

Dr. Riobe continues, “This can also be a sign of hormone imbalances such as estrogen dominance from low progesterone.

“Poor diet can also cause bad underarm odor.”

Natural Solutions

• Quit smoking. Smoking causes enough of a bad stink without mixing in with armpit odor.

If you want a de-stressor, you’re better off having a few donuts than a cigarette.

• Have a glass of homemade lemonade sweetened with Stevia every day. Lemons help detoxify.

• Limit intake of processed foods.

• Take up intense strength training. Intense weightlifting shifts the estrogen-progesterone ratios towards a more progesterone dominant state.


One more thing you can do to help curb smelly underarms that occur  right before menstruation is to work a quarter teaspoon a day of nutmeg into your diet. This spice is good for the liver.

Dr. Riobe has helped thousands of patients overcome difficult illnesses by addressing root causes, not just masking symptoms. She has over 15 years’ experience using integrative techniques to treat diverse patients.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 


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