Let’s talk about groin sweat. It’s gross, it’s unpleasant, and it’s not easy to manage. We all use deodorant to battle the usual underarm moisture, but what can we do when we start to sweat “down there?”
Some people try to control excessive sweating in the groin region by powdering their privates with baby powder. Does it work? Maybe. But is it healthy? Maybe not.
By now you may have seen the headlines about the thousand or so lawsuits filed against Johnson and Johnson. Many consumers are claiming that there is a link between the company’s talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The most recent case involves a California woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of Johnson and Johnson baby powder use. Her lawsuit accuses the company of “negligent conduct” in making and marketing its product.
A recent study published in the medical journal Epidemiology revealed that the connection between talcum powder and cancer could be legitimate. In the study, researchers asked about 2,000 women with ovarian cancer and about 2,000 women without cancer about their talcum powder use. They found that the use of the powder in the genital region was associated with a 33% greater risk of ovarian cancer. That risk also increased with each year of talcum powder use.
Despite the results of this study, most health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have not declared talcum powder a risk factor for ovarian or any other type of cancer. On the other hand, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has stated that “perineal use of talc-based body powder is possible carcinogenic to humans.”
While the connection between ovarian cancer and baby powder has not yet been confirmed or denied, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So, if you’re not putting powder in your pants, how can you control excessive sweating “down there?”
If your excessive sweating problem is completely unmanageable, you may be suffering from a condition called hyperhidrosis. This condition affects roughly 8 million Americans, and causes sufferers to sweat up to five times as much as the average person. The overwhelming majority (90%) of patients report that hyperhidrosis negatively affects their emotional state, causing them to feel less confident as a result of their condition.
Fortunately, there are a few hyperhidrosis treatments, including iontophoresis, which effectively shuts down the sweat glands. If you believe you may suffer from hyperhidrosis, talk to your doctor today.