Excessive Sweating in the Female Groin Area
What Causes Groin Sweating in Females?
There are multiple factors that can cause you to sweat in your groin. Some people are genetically predisposed to sweating more in those regions, but there are other factors that can affect it such as your diet, your weight, the amount of pubic hair you have, and what you wear. There are also physiological explanations as to why you sweat in those areas.
There are 2 main sweat glands in your skin: The eccrine glands and the apocrine glands. Eccrine glands appear pretty much everywhere on your body and open directly on the skin’s surface. Apocrine glands, however, are more predominantly found in areas where there is a lot of hair, such as your armpits and groin. These open into the hair follicle just before it opens on the skin’s surface. These are the kind that are linked to bad odor, which explains why your armpits and groin often stink worse than other parts of your body.
External factors That Can Cause Groin Sweating in Females
1.) Pubic Hair:
Pubic hairs can trap bacteria and wick moisture off of the skin underneath. This can cause excessive sweating as well as a poor odor in the vaginal area.
It is important to keep the vaginal and groin area as dry as possible. You could start by shaving your pubic hair, or even consider a treatment option to prevent hair from growing in the area for less maintenance.
2.) Food and Beverage Intake:
Food: Fatty and processed foods can compound the problem of sweating. Not getting enough enzymes and fiber in your body affect your digestion, and your body reacts by sweating even more. You should also stay away from excess salt, spicy foods, and alcoholic beverages, as they can make a sweating problem worse. (You can read our full article on Foods That Make You Sweat here.)
Beverages: If you are dehydrated, you will actually sweat more. It has to work harder to regulate your body temperature; thus having the reverse effect that you would think. Proper hydration = less sweating. Also, coffee and caffeinated beverages can increase your sweating. It is a stimulate that increases your heart and causes you to sweat more.
3.) Being Overweight:
Having more fat around the area can increase the amount you sweat. It’s not as easy of a solution, but losing weight can help drastically reduce the amount you sweat in the groin.
4.) Panties or Undergarments:
Wearing thick or unbreathable panties can cause temperatures to rize in the groin, and the sweat will stay trapped. Wear light, airy underwear to help with this issue.
How to Treat Excessive Sweating in the Female Groin Area
1.) Practice good hygiene by bathing at least once a day and cleaning your vaginal and groin area well with an antibacterial soap. Use a loofah or gentle spounge that can help exfoliate the skin and unclog any blocked pores.
2.) Use special deodorant made for the groin. This type of deodorant is made to be gentle with non-harsh chemicals that are safe for the vaginal area. (More information on this below)
3.) Avoid talcum powders. Most of them are scented and made from fine powder from ground zinc, silicates, and stearate, which can block the skin pores and make crotch sweating even worse.
4.) Use Absorbent Pads. They can help soak up the sweat and keep your skin dry. Just be sure to change them frequently to prevent irritation or odor.
5.) Shave or wax your pubic area. Reducing your hair in the pubic region can help keep the area cooler since the hair can actually hold in heat, and it removes a bit of the air-flow obstruction.
6.) Wear panties made from cotton or linen. They are usually lighter and allow more air flow. Avoid silky panties. Although they may look and feel nice, they don’t provide much air flow and usually hold in more heat.
Deodorant for Excessive Sweating in the Female Groin Area
We use deodorant for armpit sweating, so why not for our groin? Some companies are seeing the need for a product such as this and have developed a deodorant specifically for genital sweating.
Our top recommended genital deodorant is called Gents Antiperspirant Serum. They claim to be the world’s first aluminum free antiperspirant for the groin. Most deodorants just address the “odor” issue, but Gents also addresses the wetness issue of hyperhidrosis (a hereditary issue that causes excessive sweating). A 60 day supply costs about $25. (You can check out this product on their website by clicking here.
Another option you could consider is Fairy Dust Antiperspirant Powder. It’s an antiperspirant powder made for women to help with sweating and chafing. It’s made for the inner thighs, buttocks, and outer genitals.
A 3 oz. jar is about $20 and lasts for about 60 days. You can find out more info on this product by clicking here.