Menopause is a part of a woman’s life. Typically it begins at age 52, according to the Office on Women’s Health. But perimenopause, the transition into menopause itself, can begin much earlier. While some women begin to experience perimenopause in their late thirties, it more commonly begins when a woman reaches her forties.
Our body is kept in balance by our sympathetic nervous system, which facilitates action, and our parasympathetic nervous system, which facilitates rest and recovery. During stress, we experience pressures that outweigh our coping abilities. As a result, our body senses danger and activates our sympathetic nervous system. This can occur even without our awareness of the stressors.