You may worry about menopause when you reach 50, but it might not be quite the monster you’re expecting. In your 40s, your perimenopausal hormones can be an absolutely wild ride, but things actually start to settle down in some respects in your 50s.

However, you do need to consider the hormonal and subsequent physical changes that are coming. Let's look at five common things that happen to women's bodies around this age, and what the experts say you can do to help minimize them.

Your brain function booms

Mindy Pelz, nutritionist and functional health practitioner, said that when a woman is in her 50s, her hormonal profile is drastically different than at any other time in her life.

"The tumultuous roller-coaster ride a woman has been on [in] perimenopausal years becomes more stable, improving some areas of her life and complicating other areas," Pelz said. "It takes years for a woman's brain to adjust to the hormonal changes that happened in her 40s, so by the time she hits her 50s, she usually feels emotionally more balanced."

Pelz explained that this is because the brain has had time to recalibrate