Although Body Odor is not defined as a specific symptom of PCOS, I have met many women with PCOS who deal with it regularly. I do as well and it is beyond the normal adult body odor control.
As many women with PCOS, I try as often as possible to use natural and holistic products and this includes deodorant. Additionally, my grandmother has a severe case of Alzheimer’s and my Aunt died of breast cancer at only 32, so I have always tried to use a natural, aluminum free/nonantiperspirant deodorant whenever possible. Unfortunately, a lot of the natural deodorants on the market are not very effective, especially if you have PCOS.
I have tried many different deodorants, for awhile the best one was the Body Crystal, but unfortunately once the summer hit and I was outside all day it was much less effective. I switched to Nature’s Gate, which also became ineffective after an hour or two. Tom’s of Maine was a joke (both the liquid crystal and the regular stick) and seemed to simply “mask” smells rather than prevent them and only did so for about 30 minutes. For a month or two I switched to Axe (go ahead, laugh) Fresh Twist, which had this weird citrus smell. It wasn’t too manly and it worked better than the others, but it still isn’t natural and eventually I broke out from it (nothing more attractive than raw underarms!).
About three weeks ago I gave this deodorant a whirl, http://www.earthessentials.com/body.html It’s the Earth Science Liken Deodorant stick, and it smells nice and is really effective. This deodorant works just as well as any of the antiperspirants at the drugstore, but it is better because it allows you to sweat so you don’t have embarrassing sweat coming from, erm, other areas like you do with an antiperspirant. It also has a really nice gentle smell OR an unscented stick.
What about you ladies? Do any of you suffer from harder to control body odor too, or am I one of the few and the proud? What have you found helps? Did you change your diet? If you went on the pill to treat PCOS, did you notice a difference?