Changes During Perimenopause & Menopause
Skin Appearance & Neck Sagginess
During menopause, the hormonal changes that occur in a woman’s body can have a significant impact on the skin. One of the primary effects is the loss of collagen and elasticity, leading to changes in the skin and neck’s texture, firmness, and appearance.
It’s important to note that not all women will experience every symptom, and the severity and duration of symptoms can vary.
Weight Gain and Changes in Body Composition
Hormonal changes can affect metabolism and lead to weight gain, particularly around the abdomen. There may also be changes in body fat distribution, with a tendency to store fat in the midsection.
Bone Density Loss
Estrogen plays a role in maintaining bone density, so the decline in estrogen levels during menopause can increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.
Changes in Libido
Some women may experience a decrease in sexual desire or changes in sexual response due to hormonal shifts and vaginal dryness.
Mood Swings and Emotional Changes
Fluctuations in hormone levels can contribute to mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and feelings of sadness or depression. Some women may also experience difficulty concentrating or memory lapses.