It's easy to categorize any new problem as a part of aging. It's true that there are things all women will run into: getting closer to menopause and finding it harder to lose weight, for example. But is this just how it goes, or should we challenge our seeming fate?
Let's look at five common but impactful changes that happen to women's bodies at around age 40 and learn what you can do to cope with them.
1. Your progesterone tanks
According to Meg Mill, PharmD, a functional medicine health practitioner and clinical pharmacist, progesterone levels drop 5 to 10 years before estrogen levels do, leaving many women in their 40s estrogen-dominant even if they do not have exceptionally high estrogen levels. This imbalance can lead to:
- Weight gain
- Symptoms of premenstrual syndrome
- Unpredictable periods
"So, if you are in your 40s and suddenly feel moody and anxious but can't figure out why, it may be a drop in your progesterone," Mill said. "To balance estrogen and progesterone levels, you can boost your intake of