Age might just be a number but turning 30 is all about a whole new chapter in your life. While 20s are the years that are mostly relatable to being active, every-read to learn, and facing new challenges in life, 30s are the years that make you realise what life is all about! Turning 30 not only opens the doors to more responsibilities (both personally, financially and professionally) but also to hormonal upheaval and body changes (physically and psychologically). So let’s explore what 30s have in store for every woman!
Body Changes That Can Happen Post 30!
As you bid farewell to your 20s, here is what you are about to go through as you enter your sweet 30s!
1. Gradual increase in body weight
With age, your metabolism tends to shift down which in turn acts up on your weight. Shedding that excess flab around your stomach might be more difficult in your 30 as in your 20s. According to a 2013 study, adults tend to gain weight progressively in their middle age which ranges from 0.5 to 1 kg per year. Although it might seem to be a modest weight gain, given no exercise, unhealthy eating habits, stress and hormonal changes in the body, it can lead to obesity over time.
2. Ticking body clock
From “Shadi ka khana kab khiloagi?” and “Good news kab dogi?” to “age toh nikla jaa raha he, shadi karne ka irada he ki nahi” and “bacche toh 30 ke andar hi hone chahiye”, every woman in her 30s might have heard these comments. Thanks to all the people out there who leave no stone unturned to remind you of your tickling body clock. This is a no brainer because it is in your 30s that a woman’s biological clock ticks away her remaining child-bearing years due to changes in her hormonal cycle.
In a modern woman, fertility rises to a peak from the onset of her menarche to the mid-twenties. From early 20s to late 30s, there is a 50% reduction in the ability to conceive as the rate of fertility begins to fall drastically.
3. Increased sex drive
Most women think that with ticking body clock there is a decrease in the sex drive but it might be the opposite. Confused? Here’s the explanation. According to a study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, women in the ages of 27 to 45 have more sexual thoughts (fantasies) and sex drive as compared to women in their early 20s or those going through menopause. And surprisingly, this increased interest in sexual activity and experiencing a sexual fantasy could be related to a decline in their fertility.
4. Changes in periods
Most women tend to experience changes in their menstrual cycle from their mid 30s. This could be due to a gradual decline in their estrogen and progesterone level. Your menstrual cycles might become lighter or heavier or may start early or delay depending upon the chances in the hormones. In fact, it is during their late 30s that some women tend to undergo perimenopause (a transition phase before menopause).
In addition to these changes, your skin tends to become a little stiff due to less production of collagen and skin protein. Numerous hormonal and physical changes in the body can also cause you to feel more stressed than before.
Right from birth, every woman has to go through a lot of changes in her life be it physical, hormonal or mental health. These changes are seen at every stage of her life right from menstruation and pregnancy to motherhood and menopause. Hence, it goes without saying that different needs at different ages.
So the best way to lead a happy and healthy life in your 30s is to eat a balanced, healthy diet rich in nutrients, exercise regularly to keep your weight in check, do not ignore stress and signs of depression, maintain vaginal hygiene with regular care for a smooth sailing transition to your 40s. Happy 30s to you!
(The article is reviewed by Dr. Swati Mishra, Medical Editor)
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2. Easton, J.A., Confer, J.C.,Goetz, C.D., et al. Reproduction Expediting: Sexual motivations, fantasies, and the ticking biological clock. Personality and Individual DIfferences, 2010. 49(5),516-520. https://labs.la.utexas.edu/buss/files/2013/02/Easont-et-al-bio-clock-2010.pdf