The average age for the onset of menopause is 51. Of course this is just an average—for some women it will happen sooner, and for others later. Regardless, your hormone production isn’t what it used to be, and in the absence of treatment, aging becomes a harsh reality.
√ You’re Tired. But You Can’t Sleep.Because hormones regulate energy levels, imbalances in estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, and other hormones can result in bone crushing fatigue. Meanwhile, imbalances in these same hormones can make it hard to sleep.
√ Body Composition Shifts.As hormones continue to decline, your body composition continues to change. It’s much easier to gain fat, and much harder to lose it. Where you carry weight changes, too—less in the hips and thighs, and more in the midsection.
√ Your Brain Feels Like Fog.As concentration and focus become more elusive, you may routinely forget where you put your keys, or why you walked into a room. Many women describe feeling like they’re stuck in a fog. This is because when you lose hormones, you’re also losing neurotransmitters.