Lotion is your new best friend
As your progesterone levels drop, there’s a breakdown of collagen in the skin, which makes it thinner and drier, Dr. Northrup says. The lighter your skin, the more prone you are to this effect. Many women often experience flare-ups or new cases of allergies and eczema in perimenopause. These are the best skin treatments.
You’re up all night
Insomnia is a major side effect of skipping ovulation. Progesterone is a calming hormone, so when you have less of it you may feel more anxious. Consider these tips for better sleep, or try these foods to help you sleep more easily.
You suddenly want a new career – and maybe even a new life
This inward-focusing effect of your hormonal fluctuations can break women out of “the family trance,” as Dr. Northrup calls it. Some women might have an existential crisis, questioning if this is all there is to their lives. But it needn’t be a catastrophe, she says; rather, look at it as an opportunity to figure out what you want out of your life after so many years of caring for other people. Giving yourself permission to explore these thoughts can make all the difference between a bona fide breakdown and an exciting new chapter.