The world of today is a fast-paced one with no time for slacking. So much is expected of you, and you can’t have anything distracting you from your busy daily schedule. You need to work some extra hours to get that promotion you so badly need.
You have to spend some valuable time with your children. Your husband is grappling with a midlife crisis, and you have to keep him on a tight leash; Your plate is filled to the brim. Amid all these ups and downs of life, you realize that your body is not the same.
Everyone around you starts telling you that you are not the woman they used to know, or that you appear sick. In such a case, you might relate these changes to perimenopause -The period preceding menopause that usually begins after age 45 for most women. It ushers in menopause after striking at age 50, 51, or 52. (The age factor varies)
The following are 10 body changes that you might experience to as you transition into perimenopause:
1. Irregular Menstruation and Ovulation Cycles
As your age progresses, so do your ovaries. Aging leads to the erratic release of ova during the ovulation process. Such disruption causes a depression of progesterone levels, the hormone produced during the process. The role of progesterone is to develop the uterus to support a pregnancy.
This hormone is the maturing agent in a woman’s body. Meanwhile, the function of estrogen in the female reproductive system is to encourage the growth of the uterine wall to replace the lining that gets lost during menstruation.
The delayed release of the progesterone hormone hampers the regular cycles of menstruation and in most cases leads to late menstruation cycles: 35 days and beyond. As the release of the progesterone hormones is delayed, the estrogen hormones cause an overgrowth of the uterine wall lining. The overgrown uterine wall lining will eventually lead to a more substantial than expected menses when the progesterone hormones are released. The heavy bleeding may have adverse effects on your health such as anemia, dizziness, and tiredness.