Does Hyperhidrosis Affect Fertility

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Does Hyperhidrosis Affect Fertility?

If you struggle with excessive sweating not related to intense physical activity or sweltering weather conditions, you may be one of the people affected by hyperhidrosis.

A medical condition characterized by uncontrollable or disproportionate sweating, hyperhidrosis can feel like a daily battle of sweaty palms or always-damp clothing and embarrassing sweat marks. Hyperhidrosis not only causes physical discomfort but can have a huge emotional toll on your life. 

Is your hyperhidrosis keeping you up at night? Are you feeling anxious and worried, wondering what effect this condition could be having on other aspects of your health? Could hyperhidrosis affect your fertility? You’re not alone in these thoughts. 

Understanding Hyperhidrosis

If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, you’ll know that it isn’t a hot day kind of sweating. This is a medical condition characterized by sweating way beyond what is necessary to regulate body temperature. It can occur in different parts of the body, such as the palms, the feet, under the arms, and on the face. You may think of hyperhidrosis as an overactive sweat system that doesn’t know when to take a break, caused by sweat glands that are always working at full tilt. 

Hyperhidrosis can be broadly categorized into two main types: primary and secondary.

Primary hyperhidrosis is the most common form of excessive sweating. It typically starts in adolescence and continues into adulthood. This type of hyperhidrosis usually affects specific areas of the body, such as the palms, the soles of the feet, the underarms, and the face. Doctors aren’t exactly sure why this happens, but it’s often linked to your family genes, meaning it can run in families. So, if your parents or siblings sweat a lot, you might too. Despite its localized nature, primary hyperhidrosis can significantly impact your emotional well-being and quality of life.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is a result of an underlying medical condition or external factor. Unlike primary hyperhidrosis, which usually affects specific areas of the body, secondary hyperhidrosis can lead to generalized excessive sweating across the body. It often appears later in life and can be triggered by various medical conditions.

  • Conditions like hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and menopause can contribute to secondary hyperhidrosis.
  • Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and certain spinal cord injuries can lead to excessive sweating.
  • Certain infections, particularly tuberculosis and HIV, can cause secondary hyperhidrosis.
  • Some medications including certain antidepressants and antipsychotics, can have excessive sweating as a side effect.

Knowing the different types of hyperhidrosis can help when considering if and how your condition may be affecting other parts of your health, like the ability to have kids. 

Hyperhidrosis and Its Impact on Fertility

As of now, there is no direct scientific evidence linking hyperhidrosis to fertility issues. Hyperhidrosis primarily affects the sweat glands and doesn’t target the reproductive system. However, the psychological impact of hyperhidrosis cannot be underestimated. Having to deal with excessive sweating daily, especially in social situations, can take its toll on your emotional well-being in the forms of anxiety, self-consciousness, and reduced self-esteem. By raising your stress levels or decreasing your desire for sexual activity, your fertility may also be affected. 

Secondary Hyperhidrosis and Fertility

While there is no direct link between hyperhidrosis itself and fertility, some of the underlying conditions causing secondary hyperhidrosis may also impact your ability to conceive. 

  • Thyroid problems have been known to affect the release of important hormones related to fertility. By disrupting your menstrual cycle, you may have a harder time conceiving.  
  • Perimenopause, the stage leading up to menopause, can affect or decrease a woman’s chances of falling pregnant, while in menopause, a woman’s cycle stops for good, and with it your ability to conceive.  
  • Diabetes that isn’t well-controlled can also affect the regularity of your menstrual cycle, and with it, your chances of having a baby. In men, diabetes can lead to lower levels of testosterone. 
  • Any medical treatment could affect your attempts to conceive and treatments for hyperhidrosis, whether oral medications or surgery, are no different.

If you want to conceive and are also dealing with hyperhidrosis, it is crucial you consult with your healthcare provider and discuss any potential concerns.

Managing Hyperhidrosis and Its Effects

If you’re grappling with hyperhidrosis and concerned about its impact on your fertility, there are steps you can take to manage the condition effectively:

Connect with The Right Medical Experts

Consulting a medical professional is the first step toward managing hyperhidrosis. When you contact The Center for Hyperhidrosis (CHH) you gain access to a team of medical professionals regarded among the best in their field of hyperhidrosis. 

A consultation is your first step to an accurate diagnosis, looking at potential underlying causes before discussing appropriate treatment options. These medical experts will also be able to address any concerns you may have regarding the potential effects of hyperhidrosis on fertility.

Look at Multidisciplinary Treatment Management

While surgery is an option, there are various other treatment options available for managing your hyperhidrosis. 

Topical antiperspirants

Over-the-counter or prescription-strength antiperspirants can help control excessive sweating by blocking sweat gland activity.


Your doctor might prescribe oral medications that can regulate sweating by preventing the stimulation of the sweat glands. 


Botox injections work by temporarily blocking the neurotransmitters that stimulate sweating, to give you some relief from excessive sweating.


This procedure involves passing a mild electrical current through water and into the skin’s surface to control sweating. If you suffer from mild or moderate hyperhidrosis, this may be a good option for you.


Miradry delivers precisely controlled electromagnetic energy beneath the skin of the underarm using a handheld device, eliminating the sweat glands. Miradry has been successful for treatment of excessive underarm treatment and the results are typically long lasting. 

Surgical options

In severe cases, surgical procedures such as sweat gland removal or sympathectomy might be considered. The CHH team includes Board Certified Thoracic Surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. 

Prioritize Mental Well-being

Hyperhidrosis can give your self-esteem and mental well-being a hard knock. While treatment can help you start to feel more confident and less anxious, keeping your mental health in check is just as important. Managing stress and emotions linked to your hyperhidrosis is important for your overall health including sexual and reproductive health. 

Harnessing the help of the Center for Hyperhidrosis means you will have access to the best medical experts and treatment options, so you can take control of your physical and mental health. 

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