Midlife Changes, Perimenopause To Menopause
Just as your body made the transition into puberty during your adolescent years your adult body will experience it’s own transition pre-menopause known as perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause). A shift in hormonal levels will begin brought on by changing levels produced by the ovaries, most notably estrogen. Estrogen is responsible for stimulating breast tissue growth, vaginal moisture, vaginal elasticity as well as many other functions. The hormone shift can be intermittent and unpredictable bringing with it a myriad of symptoms including moodiness, anxiety, and vaginal dryness.
Progesterone and testosterone levels will also begin to shift. A decline in testosterone may mean a loss in libido. Testosterone is also a key player in sexual health as well as bone and muscle mass. Testosterone levels typically peak for women in their early to mid 20’s before beginning a slight decline.
These changes can be overwhelming especially if you’re unprepared. At the onset of symptoms schedule an appointment to talk with your provider. Discuss your symptoms and ask about available options. From diet and exercise, to hormonal therapy, learn best practices for navigating through your body’s ongoing changes.