RESEARCH AND STUDY
According to research, women between the ages of 40 and 60 years are often referred as those in the “sandwich generation” as they assume both the responsibility of caring for the young and the old. This phase of life is especially challenging as it coincides with a time when women undergo significant hormonal changes. Medically, it is a stage known as perimenopause, which generally affects women after the age of 40.
Essentially perimenopause is a period of transition into menopause. It transpires over a few years and embodies fluctuating estrogen levels that progress in a downward pattern. Hormonal fluctuations can lead to various physical and emotional symptoms such as lethargy, feeling dull, body aches and pains, dry skin or breakouts, intolerance to heat (mini hot flushes), weight gain, poor memory, mood changes and anxiety. Coupled with the pressures of being part of the “sandwich generation”, women in midlife go through tremendous amounts of stress.
Stress causes the body to channel its resources primarily towards survival. This leads to neglect of hormone regulation processes and the worsening of hormonal imbalance. Although it is a distressing time,