“Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research. – Carl G. Jung”
Your 40s are very fascinating years of life. It brings along love, stability, and time. However, this period also led to numerous changes, especially in the life of a woman.
This is the time when your body goes through transitions or “The Change.” Not only physical, but the transition also has a significant impact on mental, sexual, and emotional health. Thus, it is essential that you have knowledge about major changes that you are likely to experience in the 40s.
So, without any further ado, let’s get started!
- Changes In Menstrual Cycle
The major change that you’ll face is irregular monthly periods. Plus, the duration of periods might also change, i.e., it might get short or long, or you might experience light or heavy flow. If you are not getting periods, you must get tested for pregnancy. If you are not pregnant, then it could be the beginning of menopause.
So, you must visit your doctor and also get tested to rule out the possibility of any serious health condition such as cancer.
- Vaginal Dryness And Vulvar Itching
Menopause causes a reduction in progesterone and estrogen level. It can further cause less sexual desires, vaginal dryness, vulvar itching, and even pain during intercourse. Therefore, you should take care of feminine care and use cream or gel for proper moisturization. Also, make sure to use dermatologically tested products only.
Not to forget, excess vaginal dryness can cause inflammation, leading to vaginal atrophy. So, you must visit a doctor often to keep your health in check.
- Lack Of Sleep
Getting 8 hours of sleep is essential for your health. However, stress, low estrogen, hot flashes, etc., can cause a lack of sleep. Oftentimes, it leads to insomnia. Needless to say, when you do not get enough sleep, you wake up more irritated, which further affects your health.
To get quality sleep, lower your room temperature, especially if you feel night sweats. Also, exercise regularly. It will cause body exhaustion which will make it easier for you to fall asleep. You can also take a warm shower before going to bed. It will relax your nerves and muscles.
Lack of estrogen has a direct effect on the development of osteoporosis. Typically, bone resorption overtakes the building of new bones. Plus, it also makes bones weaker. Thus, many women suffer from chronic back and joint pain. So, you must get enough calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones strong.
Also, keep your body weight in check, get tested for diabetes, and eat nutritious meals. This will ensure that your body and bones stay immune and strong.
- Cardiovascular Symptoms
The risk of heart disease increases by two to three times after menopause. Therefore, you must get tested regularly to diagnose any early signs and take immediate measures. Also, reduce consumption of saturated fats, plus keep your blood pressure in check.
If you take any medications, don’t forget to disclose them to the doctor.
Wrapping It Up!
These are the most common changes that you are likely to experience in your 40s. To stay healthy, you must visit your doctor regularly. Also, take adequate measures and follow a healthy lifestyle to ease the menopause symptoms.