Hormones play a big part in the female body. And throughout the different stages of life, hormones fluctuate, causing changes.
There are three main types of female hormones:
- Estrogen is the “main” female hormone, it promotes the growth and health of the female reproductive organs.
- Progesterone plays an important part during early pregnancy, it helps form the uterus’s lining for the fertilized egg.
- Testosterone contributes to the production of estrogen.
In your 20s
At this age, all three hormones are at an all time high. Many women believe that they are at their physical prime in their twenties, and this is mainly due to their higher hormone levels.
In your 30s
All three levels start to fluctuate in women in their thirties, and slowly start dropping off. This can have a variety of effects on the female body, and women may see changes in their skin, libido, and weight.
After childbirth, testosterone levels can fall dramatically, decreasing the production of estrogen. For mothers that are nursing, the prolactin hormone can suppress the production of estrogen and progesterone entirely. This combined with the obvious hurdle that is childbirth can greatly reduce the libido. But do not fear, all postpartum hormone changes are temporary!
In your 40s
Hormones levels start dropping and women enter “perimenopause”. This means they will start experiencing symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, lower libido, weight fluctuation, dryer and more fragile skin.
In your 50s
Production of estrogen falls low, testosterone levels decline and after menopause the body stops producing progesterone altogether. This can be a tough period for the female body as it had to adapt to a new normal, and women can often experience headaches, insomnia, fatigue, vaginal dryness and heart palpitations.
Of course hormones play an important part in female health, but so do many other things such as mental health, and lifestyle. Yes, hormones do cause the body to change, but they don’t run the whole show. Most women find that while their body changes, their confidence increases and they have a more positive body image.