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What Is Women’s Second Puberty? Is It Truly Real?

By Sara Winslow

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Puberty is the hallmark of teenage years, however, there is a lesser-known phase known as ‘women’s second puberty’.  The phenomenon is marked by the hormonal changes that occur as a natural part of aging.

Here is an article that can give you an overview of second puberty in women. It will provide insight into the causes, symptoms, and signs of this health phenomenon. 

Key takeaways:

“Women’s second puberty” is a term sometimes used colloquially to describe the hormonal and physical changes that women may experience as they approach perimenopause and menopause.
During this time, typically in their 40s or 50s, women may undergo a variety of physiological changes due to fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone.
Dealing with the second puberty symptoms can vary depending on their severity and individual preferences and there are particular strategies for that.

Is Second Puberty A Real Thing?

Women’s second puberty is a period of significant hormonal changes and shifts that occur later in life. The term second puberty is not an official medical term. However, the term encompasses the entire bodily and hormonal variations women experience after their first puberty. This phenomenon will take place during the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

Second Puberty

A woman’s 20s will be marked by high fertility and regular but shorter periods. Once she reaches 30, there will be a gradual decline in fertility and lower levels of estrogen and progesterone. The 40s are normally the start of perimenopause and in this phase, a woman will undergo symptoms like heavier or lighter flow, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and weight gain.

Several factors contribute to the onset of second puberty. Some of the common factors include:

Decline in Estrogen Level

When a woman ages, compared to her teenage years, her ovaries will produce less estrogen. According to ScienceDirect, a decline in the level of estrogen will lead to an irregular menstrual cycle and hormonal imbalance.

Changes in Hormone Production

A shift in hormone production can have a potential impact on the bodily functions of a woman during the second puberty. A decline in estrogen and progesterone will lead to irregular periods, mood shifts, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and other symptoms. It will also impact the metabolic functions and sleep cycle.

Perimenopause

As the name suggests, perimenopause is a stage which leads to menopause. Menopause is a period of rapid changes in the body and bodily functions. Perimenopause on the other hand prepares your body to embrace menopause. The period is characterized by a lot of hormonal changes. It will also trigger some symptoms similar to puberty. 

Symptoms Of Women’s Second Puberty

Women’s second puberty is a part of life and it is completely a natural process of aging. One should be able to accept this period of transition as a normal part of life. This phase may manifest itself with several symptoms. Here are some of the common symptoms faced by a fair majority of women during this stage.

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood shifts
  • Changes in libido
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Hair thinning
  • Formation of wrinkles

Fluctuating hormone levels are the culprit behind most of these symptoms. Declining estrogen levels will disturb bone health as well. Women may become more susceptible to bone fractures and osteoporosis. After your 20s, try to maintain good bone health through diet, exercise, and supplementation. 

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What Can I Do To Deal With Second Puberty?

Adopting lifestyle changes and seeking support from experts to manage symptoms will promote overall wellness during perimenopause. The realization that your body is changing will cause immense stress.

The emotional impact of second puberty is an unspoken and unexplored part. A woman needs support and love during this shift. You can implement the following strategies to easily navigate through this transition.

➡️ Educate Yourself 

Stay informed about hormonal changes and perimenopause symptoms. Learning and understanding the period and bodily changes will help to prepare what to expect. It will provide the courage to manage symptoms effectively.

➡️Invest in Self Care

Take care of your physical and emotional health. Investing in a good skincare routine, regular exercise, getting a good amount of sleep, healthy eating, and practicing stress management techniques will help to take control of your life. 

➡️Seek Support

Stay connected with friends, family, and support network to share your experiences and receive emotional support. You can also talk with your doctor to address any health concerns. Talking openly about the symptoms and feelings will help to reduce stress and isolation. 

➡️Hormone Therapy

Consider hormone therapy options to reduce severe symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, or vaginal dryness. You can talk with your doctor to choose the personalized therapy options. However, hormone therapy is not suitable for everyone. 

Indeed changes can be scary sometimes, but remember second puberty is a natural phase of life and it provides you with opportunities for growth and self-discovery.

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Conclusion

Second puberty is an inevitable part of a woman’s life. It is a phase characterized by hormonal shifts and bodily changes. Taking proactive steps to manage symptoms, giving importance to self-care, and consulting your doctor will provide ease and comfort to manage the phase more effectively. If you are struggling with severe symptoms, seek medical support from healthcare professionals. 

Sara Winslow

Sara Winslow is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with over 15 years of experience in providing comprehensive women's healthcare services. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she graduated with honors. Dr. Winslow completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, gaining extensive training in various aspects of women's health, including reproductive health, prenatal care, gynecological surgery, and menopause management.

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