For many women, turning 25 marks a major milestone in their lives. This is the age when most women have completed their education, are starting their careers, and are settling into adulthood. But it is also a time when many changes are happening in their bodies. From hormonal shifts to changes in metabolism, a woman’s body undergoes several transformations as she reaches her mid twenties. These changes can be unsettling, but they are a natural part of the ageing process.
When I turned 25, I began to notice significant changes in my body physically, emotionally and sexually. It was like a wake-up call for me but it was also a chance for me to embrace my body and all the changes that come with ageing. In this article, we’ll be exploring six ways a woman’s body changes after she turns 25.
Acne & Hormonal Shifts
After I turned 25, I noticed my hormones became more erratic. I started experiencing mood swings and PMS symptoms that I never had before. I had crazy acne breakouts and it seemed like I wasn’t going to get a break. I spoke to a dermatologist about it and she recommended skincare products that were initially helpful but later stopped working for my skin. I even started to feel insecure about going out, until I realised I needed more vitamins to help tackle the problem. Hormones play a critical role in women’s lives. However as we age, our hormone levels fluctuate, leading to mood swings, hot flashes, and other uncomfortable symptoms. To combat these changes, women can engage in stress-reducing activities, such as yoga or meditation. They can also eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals and avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption. Additionally, hormone replacement therapy can help to stabilize hormone levels. But of course, you should speak to a healthcare professional first.
The biggest challenge I encountered after turning 25 was my metabolism slowing down. I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted without any consequences, but now I find that I have to be more mindful of what I put into my body. Lately, I have realised that if I drink a soda or breathe too much, I’ve added 10 pounds just like that. Any small thing, I’ll add weight. Gone are the days of being able to eat three times a day. It’s that bad. As we age, our metabolism slows down, making it harder for us to maintain a healthy weight which is why it’s so vital to engage in regular exercise such as cardio and strength training at an early age, because as you get older the harder it becomes. I’ll also suggest eating a balanced diet rich in whole foods, fruits, and vegetables. Avoiding processed foods and excessive sugar can help to maintain a healthy weight.
I remember looking in the mirror one day, and noticing changes in my skin. Fine lines started to appear around my eyes and forehead. And my hair which used to be so thick and full began to thin out, and I experienced breakage too. I almost cried that day. As women age, their skin begins to lose elasticity and firmness, which can lead to the development of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. This can be particularly noticeable around the eyes and mouth, as well as on the neck and chest.
As long as you have a vagina, you need to give it proper tender, love and care. Most especially in your twenties. From UTI’s to Bacterial Vaginosis, to recurring Yeast Infections to Vagina Boils, for some reason this is when your kitty chooses to rebel on you if you aren’t careful. I’ll never forget waking up to a random boil on my vulva. I remember panicking thinking its was a Bartholin Cyst – no thanks to Google – but after contacting my doctor, I realised it was just a vaginal boil caused by sugar waxing. From your sexual partners to your own personal hygiene, you have to be extra careful of who and what you expose your vagina to. Practice safe sex, stay away from men with poor hygiene who can disrupt your vaginal pH balance (also run far away from those feminine hygiene products that claim to be pH “balancing”) and most importantly, maintain checkups with your gynaecologist.
I’ve always had a high libido but after I turned 25, I became a very horny woman. I think about sex more often and I feel more desire than I did in the past. I called it a ”welcome change” although it took a while to get used to it. This is one change I loved because it made me more aware of my body and sexuality – I became even more confident in my skin and with myself. While women’s sex drives can vary greatly depending on factors such as stress, mood, and overall health, research suggests that women’s libido tends to peak in their mid twenties. And this is because our bodies are still producing high levels of testosterone, which is associated with sexual desire.
No matter what time I go to sleep, I’m wide awake by 7:00 am before my alarm even goes off. Gone are the days of sleeping for 9 hours plus. Insomnia has become my new best friend and try as I might, I can’t get my brain to shut up. I guess I’ll blame this one on adulting. Regardless of the time I fall asleep, I can always trust my problems to wake me in the morning.
Some women may experience a shift in their priorities and goals as they navigate their mid-twenties. They may feel pressure to establish their careers, start families, or pursue personal goals, which can cause stress and anxiety. The best thing I did was to take care of myself physically, and started working out more to stay fit because I experienced constant bloating. And if you realise you are overwhelmed during this time from the drastic change, you can seek support from friends, family, or professionals if needed. While every woman’s experience may be different, turning 25 can be a time of physical and emotional changes. By taking care of ourselves and seeking support when needed, we can navigate these changes and thrive in our mid-twenties and beyond. These changes are a natural part of the aging process, there are several ways we can minimize the effects. By engaging in regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, avoiding excessive alcohol and caffeine, and taking care of our skin, we can maintain a healthy weight, improve our skin’s texture and elasticity, stabilize hormone levels, and enhance sex drive. With these lifestyle changes, women can continue to lead happy and healthy lives while ageing.
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