Menopause is a period of transition in every woman’s life and it can bring with it emotional, psychological, and physical disturbances, therefore, menopause may speed up aging.
Menopause is when the women’s menstrual periods stops forever and having a baby is no longer possible.
Skin and Menopause
The skin is affected progressively by different risk factors such as sun exposure, pollution, make-up products, sleeping disorders, inappropriate diets, alcoholism or smoking.
At the time of menopause, those risk factors become more dangerous for the skin, due to the stoppage of estrogen production.
At menopause, the skin relaxes, dehydrate faster and loses suppleness leading to brown spots appearances on the skin and augmentation of wrinkles.
Lack of estrogen and is accompanied by an excess of androgen, which is a males specific hormone, and this phenomenon accentuates the body and facial hair growth and the hair fall. The entire body will start to get an androgenic constitution (male alike), with adipose tissue focusing on the thighs and abdomen.
This hormonal change the menopause is favoring leads to the production of large amounts of sebum on the hair and the skin, giving a greasy look and sometimes acne.
Thus being said, menopause may speed up aging on the skin level, at least.
A clinical study has proven that menopause may speed up aging
‘Our study is the first showing that menopause may speed up aging’, stated Steve Horvath, a UCLA professor of humans genetics.
The study showed that a premature menopause is the cause of a faster aging.
Most often, menopause occurs around the age of 51 years, when the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, but in some cases, a premature menopause can occur.
The Same study suggested that insomnia is another cause of faster aging.
Both insomnia and menopause can increase the risk of contracting certain diseases or premature death among women.
Scientists analyzed a biomarker linked to aging by examining the DNA samples of over 3000 women.
They measured the biological age of blood cells and saliva to explore the connection between the chronological age of the participants and their biological age.
The conclusion was that menopause may speed up aging at the cellular level by an average of 6%.
Can hormonal treatment slow down aging?
Yes, of course, it can be done that way.
Estrogen acts on a woman body’s cells, such as the epidermis and dermis cells, whether they are produced naturally by the body or are introduced through a hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
A prescription of HRT should consider by any woman at menopause not only because of the effects of menopause on the skin but is also indicated in women with worst menopause symptoms, such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness, emotional disturbances or mood swings.
Other ways to slow down the effects of menopause.
Is all clear now that menopause may speed up aging, so every woman should know that HRT is not the only solution to reduce the effects of menopause.
Nature is offering us great remedies for menopause-related issues:
- Soybean: has been shown to be a compensation for estrogen lack and is very effective in the reduction of hot flushes
- Licorice is one of the richest sources of phytoestrogens which are having the same effect on women as the estrogen secreted by the ovaries
- St John’s Wort tincture is recommended for depression, anxiety, and restlessness
- Valerian recommended in cases where we are dealing with insomnia or severe anxiety, having strong sedative effects.
- Yarrow is the most recommended remedy to combat the effects of menopause
- Sage is an excellent remedy with immediate effects against hot flashes, but also prevents accumulation of fluids in the body, has a detoxifying role, and reduces excessive appetite.
- Lady’s Mantle is beneficial for healing various women-specific diseases, being indicated to combat the postmenopausal effect, too
- Melissa is a panacea for all the unpleasant manifestations of menopause
To combat the negative effects of menopause, your lifestyle must change.
Quit smoking and give up on the coffee.
Smoking and Caffeine are dehydrating your skin. Besides, you’ll be a healthier woman if you do it.
Try avoiding fatty foods, and adopt a more balanced diet based on antioxidants and vitamins.
Do more physical activity.
Make some time to take some long on-foot walks in the park, at least two or three times per week. Having a physical activity helps a lot to maintain a healthy weight, but also to get more relaxed and happy.
Use facial creams more frequent.
Facial creams can hydrate your skin and combat the aging effect given by the menopause. Using moisturizing creams based on estrogen, hyaluronic acid, white tea extract, or grapes seeds extract will have a positive effect on your skin by hydrating and giving suppleness to your skin.
If you feel up for it, both financially and mentally, you’ll get the wanted results for the moment. It won’t be a life-long intervention, though, because nothing can stop us aging.
Sexuality at menopause
Will be your sexuality affected by menopause?
Desire, sexual esteem and sexual satisfaction are natural elements and are important for everyone, throughout the life.
However, despite our will, with the passing years the sex life will suffer, too. After menopause may occur some physical changes in the genitals area, changes that adversely affect sexual relations.
Sex hormones maintain the elasticity of the vagina and at the same time they stimulates the secretion glands found in the vagina that provide lubrication. Now, when these hormones are missing, consequences are appearing:
- lack of lubrication of the vagina
- low elasticity problems making sexual intercourse painful for some women
Meanwhile, sexual desire diminishes, since the hormones which played an essential role in sexual desire lowers sexual sensitivity in some women. Yet, menopause does not mean the end of your sex life.
A well-chosen hormone treatment can help you achieve your sexuality and sexual desire.
Or, if you opt for hormone replacement therapy, you can choose a local remedy, such as lubricating gel or hormone treatment with strictly act local.
Sure menopause may speed up aging, but it’s only a period of transition in a woman’s life and we’ve just presented you a bunch of methods to fight against those annoying effects of the menopause.