Sweating

MMM. HERE'S AN EMAIL CONCERNED ABOUT, SWEATING AND WHAT EXACTLY IS, "TESTOSTERONE?" AND IT IS SIGNED, "SLIMY."

Dear Slimy,

Body changes begin when glands in your brain start producing more of certain hormones. In boys, the pituitary gland makes a hormone that travels through the bloodstream to the testicles. The testicles, which are also glands, then start making hormones of their own, the most important one being testosterone.

Testosterone is the hormone that makes your penis and testicles grow larger, as well as what causes your body hair to start growing. Testosterone also affects the sweat glands in your body. Your underarms may begin to perspire and you may notice an odour to your feet and genitals. Some of you may notice that the palms of your hands will sometimes sweat and feel clammy. Personal hygiene becomes even more important.

Andy.

BUT IT'S THE TESTOSTERONE! THAT'S WHY I STINK.

IT'S NOT JUST TESTOSTERONE. NOT SHOWERING IN A WEEK IS WHY I'M NOT SITTING WITH YOU AT LUNCH.

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