Menopause is a natural component of all women’s sacred cycles of life. Menopause occurs when a woman has her last period (the average age is 51 according to the National Institute on Aging.
However, many women begin the process of perimenopause some years before their periods actually cease.
Risks Associated with Early Menopause
While menopause is natural and to be expected, early menopause can cause a number of health problems. A 2010 study printed Maturitas: The European Menopause Journal evaluated the risks of early onset of menopause (before the age of 40).
The study concluded a number of health risks existed with the early onset of menopause including:
Increased risk of overall mortality
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Increased risk of psychiatric disease
Increased risk of osteoporosis
Increased risk of neurological disease
Changes in mood and sexual function
Some Causes of Early Menopause
Early menopause can crop up for both medical and/or natural reasons. According to WomensHealth.gov, there are a number of things that this may occur:
Hysterectomy or oophorectomy (uterus or ovary removal)
A Surprising Cause of Early Menopause
A recent study, however, suggests a very surprising cause of early menopause: wearing too much makeup. Yes, it’s true! Makeup can affect your body’s sacred hormonal cycles. Who knew? Many types of makeup contain chemicals called pthalates – a family of chemicals also known as plasticizers.
These chemicals are present in a number of petroleum products, and have been found in a number of articles humans use and absorb including makeup, nail polish, household cleaners, air fresheners and food packaging.
Along with exposure to phthalates via makeup and household cleaners, packaged foods provide a significant source of phthalate exposure.
According to the study, women with the highest levels of phthalates in their urine went through menopause an average of 2.3 years earlier than their lower phthalates counterparts, and some women were going through menopause as early as 15 years prematurely.
Scary stuff. Further, the EWG states the effect of phthalate contamination in the human body is cumulative and the negative effects compound as levels increase. About 84 percent of the population shows phthalate contamination at any given time, according to the EWG.
It’s so prevalent now that we’ve all most like had lots of exposure. Don’t let that dishearten you though, as there is lots we can do to prevent lots more future exposure (keep reading).
Symptoms Associated with Menopause
Along with health risks, some of the symptoms of perimenopause/menopause can be uncomfortable and disconcerting for women. These include:
Changes in your period
Vaginal and bladder changes
How to Stay Healthy
Your best bet is to avoid using substances that contain phthalates.
Dilute essential oil of grapefruit into distilled water in a spray bottle.
Buy fragrance-free cleaning products and seek out natural brands or non-toxic alternatives like vinegar and water
Buy organic, unpackaged produce and prepare it yourself. Or only use products from companies that use non-leachable packaging.
You don’t need to use a lot of chemical laden products to be beautiful! Many women notice that, as they follow The Beauty Detox Solution, their skin gains a natural glow of good health, and they don’t need to use as much makeup.
To give yourself a natural glow:
Eat an organic, plant-based diet
Drink plenty of pure water
Follow a regular program of detoxification
Avoid processed and chemical-laden foods
Avoid use of chemicals in your environment and on your person
Get plenty of fresh air and exercise
Take care of your skin using non-toxic products and regular exfoliation
Practice dry brushing to stimulate lymph draining
By caring for your health, you’ll be naturally beautiful – without phthalates! And your body will more free to follow its own natural cycles.