Women are just as sweaty as men.
The fact that women sweat is not a secret. It’s been known since ancient times when it was believed that they were made up of water and were therefore hot all over, but the truth is they sweat because their bodies produce heat through the same mechanism as men do. And like men, women have different types of sweating glands located throughout their bodies.
These glands secrete different amounts of perspiration depending on various factors such as temperature, humidity, stress levels and other physical activities.
What makes women’s sweat unique from men’s is that they tend to sweat more during certain situations. For example, women will often experience dry skin conditions called eczema if they spend time in damp environments or if they live in areas with high temperatures (such as Arizona). They may also develop a rash called psoriasis if exposed to sunlight too long.
If you’re a woman and suffer from any of these conditions, then your sweat glands might be producing excessive amounts of sweat.
Sweating also occurs at other times during pregnancy. During labor, the placenta releases hormones that cause some women to become more prone to sweating than others. Some women even start sweating before giving birth!
In addition to its role in regulating body temperature, the pituitary gland produces hormones that affect many bodily functions including sexual function. During and after pregnancy, a woman goes through a process called the menopause. This is when her pituitary gland will start producing more sweat and other hormones leading to excessive sweating.
The condition of having excessively sweaty armpits is medically referred to as hyperhidrosis (or palmar and plantar). It mostly affects women during puberty, pregnancy, menopause and after going through the birth process. It also affects men but in very rare cases.
Men and women have different body compositions and they react differently to certain conditions that cause them to sweat excessively. It has been known for some time that women sweat more than men but recent research has shown that even amongst women there are those who sweat excessively.
This excessive sweating is not caused by the body’s core temperature rising above a healthy level or when the skin and blood vessels react to external conditions. Instead, it is due to a problem with the sweat glands.
Sources & references used in this article:
Comparison of thermal exchanges in men and women under neutral and hot conditions. by J Bittel, R Henane – The Journal of Physiology, 1975 – Wiley Online Library
Comparison of thermoregulatory function in men and women. by RH Fox, BE Löfstedt, PM Woodward… – Journal of Applied …, 1969 – journals.physiology.org
Artificial acclimatization of women to heat by D Blum – 1998 – Penguin
The sexual paradox: Men, women and the real gender gap by BA Hertig, HS Belding, KK Kraning… – Journal of applied …, 1963 – journals.physiology.org