How do your body changes through the years?
Teens - In our teen years, women hit puberty. You start our periods, grow breasts and start the process of becoming a fully-grown woman. Puberty can really start affecting your hormones. As a teenager you’ll start feeling emotional, have dramatic mood changes, skin changes, hair growth, and body changes.
Twenties - Our bodies take a lot from us while in your twenties, with late nights from studying, partying or working – it all affects us in some way. You put your body under a lot of stress, and it starts to show. For some women, it is in your late twenties where our metabolism starts to slow down, and fertility starts dropping.
Thirties - Most women might start thinking about children by this age. So your bodies change a tremendous amount. While pregnant you obviously gain weight, your breasts grow, and your hormones are more active. After giving birth many women experience emotions that can be in the range of depression to acceptance around the idea of motherhood and the new changes that have happened in your life and your body, including your weight and in some cases, incontinence.
Fourties – In the late 40’s, for some, menopause starts to take effect in women. Our bodies change a considerable amount during menopause, periods stop meaning women are no longer fertile. But we also have to deal with uncomfortable hot flashes, drastic weight gain, and some will have to deal with increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
For every person going through menopause it is an individual experience. Follow this link to identify signs of menopause and how your body is changing.
Fifties - Some people say fifties are the best years of your lives: the kids are grown up, you don’t have periods to deal with anymore and you are finally able to enjoy things you couldn't when you had children around everyday. At this stage in life, incontinence may also become an issue as the pelvic muscles start to become weaker as you get older.
Sixties - At this point in life, drastic changes won’t occur as frequently but there may be an increase in grey hair, skin, and the inability to move around as quick. As we go into our 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, this process will generally develop where you will notice continuous signs of aging. You will also find that you may be relying on more help from others to get around places or assist you in doing simple things like going to the toilet.
Some parts of our changing bodies are scarier than others. Some women find the thought of incontinence terrifying and embarrassing, and they don’t know how to deal with it. The best way to deal with it is making use of hygiene products like wipes and incontinence products that help in assisting incontinence issues.
To ensure that you are looking after yourself in the best possible way, you should go for regular check ups with your doctor, and you check your body for cancerous lumps regularly then it doesn’t seem so scary.