By the time you reach 21, you’ve already experienced some pretty significant changes: growth spurts, puberty, the realization that bubblegum pink probably wasn’t the best color for your bedroom. But as you enter adulthood, the next two decades can bring about some surprising physical and mental upheaval. We talked to dermatologists, gynecologists, and psychologists to find out some of the most common changes women experience in their 20s and 30s and what to do about it.
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Your 30s: Hormonal Upheaval
If you thought your PMS was bad before, welcome to your 30s: By age 35 your fertility also starts to drop off and you may even begin entering early perimenopause, which can cause mood swings, sleep disturbances, and/or anxiety. Fibroids (benign uterine tumors) and endometriosis (a condition where the uterine lining migrates to other internal organs) are two conditions that are also more common at this age, and both can cause pain and heavy bleeding. See your doctor if you period becomes problematic and discuss treatment options.
Regular, stress-reducing exercise (such as yoga) can significantly diminish other symptoms of PMS, but consistency is essential. Your 30s are a busy decade, and it’s easy to let regular workouts slide. Make them as much a priority as work, friends, and family.