As women enter their 40s, their bodies are gradually changing toward menopause after passing the peak suitable for pregnancy.
Let's take a closer look at what kind of changes will occur in the body and mind, including the delicate zones, as well as possible problems and how to deal with them.
What are the physical changes of women in their 40s?
In their late 30s and 40s, the ovaries begin to decline in function.
The secretion of estrogen, a female hormone, gradually decreases with age.
Although there are individual differences, menopause begins to set in around the mid-40s.
Hormonal balance tends to be disturbed in relation to the decrease in estrogen.
The brain is unable to keep up with the changes, and various mental and physical ailments such as hot flashes, irritability, and other symptoms of "pre-menopause" and "perimenopause" occur.
A very common problem among women during this period is itching in the delicate zone.
Aging makes the mucous membranes of the delicate zone thinner and more sensitive.
The muscles of the pubic area, called the pelvic floor muscles, deteriorate, and secretions such as discharge decrease compared to women in their thirties.
This causes more problems such as rashes and itching in the delicate zone.
Women who deliver vaginally are very prone to leakage of urine.
Frequent leakage of urine causes an increase in bacteria, which can lead to itching and odor.
Care of the Delicate Zone in One's 40s
Compared to other parts of the body, the skin of the delicate zone is thinner and absorbs odors more easily.
This makes it prone to problems such as itching and pain.
In one's 40s, it becomes difficult to keep the skin moist due to the decrease in the amount of hair growth.
Be aware of the importance of taking care of the delicate zone on a daily basis.
The most important things to remember when caring for the delicate area are to keep it clean and dry.
In some cases, tight-fitting underwear and girdles, which were not a problem until one's thirties, can lead to itching due to tightness.
Prevent this by wearing loose-fitting and breathable underwear such as organic cotton.
If urine leakage is left untreated, urine turns alkaline and bad bacteria can multiply.
The skin of the delicate area absorbs easily, causing sores and pain.
When using urine leakage pads or sanitary napkins, change them frequently to prevent the sensitive area from becoming wet.
It is also important to avoid scrubbing when bathing and to avoid washing with ordinary soap, and to wash gently with a special care product for the delicate zone.
In one's 40s, the secretion of female hormones declines compared to when one was in one's 30s, and this can lead to an increase in problems in the delicate zone.
It is important to be aware of the types and causes of these problems and to take proper care of them.