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Why Her 40s Is the Worst Time in a Woman’s Life?

Thursday, November 17, 2016 23:43
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As a woman grows older, her body starts to go through numerous changes. It’s a part of life and it is inevitable. While many people think of the time a woman reaches 40 as her golden years, recent studies suggest that her 40s may actually be the worst time in a woman’s life. Healthy women report that the age of 40 marks a milestone, which also comes with transition. During this time, a lot of changes can occur in a woman’s life as it is the time a woman needs to settle down and ensure she has a productive live that she is proud of. Health Medicine Net reports that a recent survey provided evidence that the majority of women between the ages of 40 and 75 found their 40s to be the worst period of their life. The survey only questioned women over the age of 40 as younger women would obviously not be able to provide accurate results.

Turning 40… As A Woman
When you think of a woman in her 40s, the first thing that usually pops up is the word menopause. Yes, menopause is an inevitable part of a woman’s life that they have to face after they turn 40. There’s no way around it and there’s no way to avoid it. The truth is, menopause is not the only change that happens to a woman’s body in their 40s. Livestrong reports that apart from menopause, the following transitions are also something a woman has to deal with:

  • A loss in muscle mass.
  • Excessive weight gain, especially after reaching menopause.
  • A loss in bone mineral density.
  • A higher chance of developing breast cancer.
  • Changes in the way the body produces thyroid hormones, which could lead to problems managing weight, fatigue, intolerance of heat or cold, as well as alternating diarrhea and constipation.

Menopause… The Symptoms and Options
Menopause is a transitional process that usually occurs in the 40s and only occurs in women. This term refers to the stage when a woman stops having her periods. Medline Plus explains when menopause occurs, the ovaries of the woman stops the production of two essential hormones, progesterone and estrogen. They go on to explain that when a woman fails to have a period for at least one year, then they are considered to be menopausal.

The Symptoms
It is important to realize that the signs and symptoms of menopause usually starts showing up before the woman reaches menopause. Menopause hot flashes are one of the early signs, as reported by Mayo Clinic. They also explain that irregular periods, problems with your regular sleep patterns, sudden changes in your mood, dry skin, sudden weight gain, a slower metabolism and vaginal dryness are also common symptoms of menopause.

The Options
When a woman realizes that she is experiencing the signs of menopause, then she should immediately determine the various options that are available to provide a relief in the symptoms. Unfortunately, menopause is not a disease that can be treated – it is a natural part of life. This, however, does not mean a woman has to go through all of the unpleasant symptoms on a daily basis. There are numerous menopause treatments available to help reduce the severity of the symptoms and even to completely alleviate certain symptoms. The first step is to schedule an appointment with a doctor once the symptoms occur in order to work out a proper health care plan. The doctor will most likely ask the patient to come back for regular checkups in order to ensure no medical concerns develop.

Once a doctor has performed a physical exam and ensured everything is fine, then he may recommend one or more of the various menopause treatments in order to help reduce some of the symptoms such as menopause hot flashes. These treatments may include:

  • Hormone therapy – this option involves an estrogen supplementation in order to relief hot flashes and other symptoms. Estrogen supplementation may also help prevent bone loss that is common among women in their 40s.
  • If a woman has a health issue that makes it risky to take estrogen or suffer from a mood disorder, then the doctor may prescribe a low-dose antidepressant. The antidepressants that works best are called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors).
  • Women who cannot take estrogen and suffers from migraines in addition to the other symptoms may be given Neurontin to help relief the symptoms.
  • Estrogen administered to the vagina in the form of vaginal cream are also effective at relieving vaginal dryness.
  • Since bone loss is a common concern among menopausal women, a doctor may also prescribe something to help treat (or prevent) osteoporosis.

While many people tend to think that the 40s is an amazing part of a woman’s life, they often fail to realize that the 40s is actually the time of a woman’s life where her body goes through some extreme changes. With menopause being one of the definite transitions a woman has to go through in her 40s, it is vital to ensure you are prepared for this time of your life by determining the symptoms, knowing about different menopause treatments and by living an overall healthy lifestyle.

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  • Daffers

    I really enjoyed my forties and so did my female friends – most of the above changes didn’t show up until my early to mid fifties – don’t write women off too soon – must have been written by a man!

  • wiseoldlady

    Totally disagree with this article.

    I felt 25 and looked it when I was in my 40s. Had superior muscle tone, weighed 115 pounds. I felt fantastic, very agile, and energetic. When menopause begins with the horrid hot flashes comes a misery…!!! But I remained the same 115 pound fast paced healthy active woman until 4 years ago. I am now 70 years old. Menopause is different in every woman. Some have 60-70 hot flashes per day and others don’t. Some literally get sick while others don’t notice much of anything. Some gain weight while others don’t. It all depends on how you take care of yourself and your genetics. But menopause does not begin until your late 40s and can last until into your 60s. It does deplete bones.

  • Really

    This article is so screwed up… Where IS the author’s name?? It says “References” at the bottom of the article, but I don’t see said “References”. Thats not how things work. Otherwise, writing research papers throughout my entire education would have been A LOT easier. If I don’t have to put where I found a particular fact, well damn… Throw some technical jaron in a sentence with a few reasonable sounding stats and bam… You’ve got yourself some legit sounding B.S. that a fair amount of the general population is going to take as fact. Plus, if I had turned in a paper the way this article has been posted here, I would have gotten kicked out of the university for flagrant plagiarism.

    Anyways!… I have to agree with the previous two comments. This article makes it sound like if you have ovaries, you might as well off yourself once you hit 40. 40 is a woman’s expiration date…. your body just starts rotting away and life is horrible. Did the article even mention anything about how other age groups are better in comparison to being in your 40′s? It doesn’t even finish making its point. So yeah, dropping the ball again. There are balls all over the place here….

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