Menopause is a natural component of all women’s sacred cycles of life. Menopause occurs when a woman has her last period (the average age is 51 according to the National Institute on Aging.

However, many women begin the process of perimenopause some years before their periods actually cease.

Risks Associated with Early Menopause

While menopause is natural and to be expected, early menopause can cause a number of health problems. A 2010 study printed Maturitas: The European Menopause Journal evaluated the risks of early onset of menopause (before the age of 40).

The study concluded a number of health risks existed with the early onset of menopause including:

  • Increased risk of overall mortality
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Increased risk of psychiatric disease
  • Increased risk of osteoporosis
  • Increased risk of neurological disease
  • Changes in mood and sexual function

Some Causes of Early Menopause

Early menopause can crop up for both medical and/or natural reasons. According to WomensHealth.gov, there are a number of things that this may occur:

  • Hysterectomy or oophorectomy (uterus or ovary removal)
  • Cancer treatment
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Prescription medications
  • Viral infections
  • Genetics

A Surprising Cause of Early Menopause

A recent study, however, suggests a very surprising cause of early menopause: wearing too much makeup. Yes, it’s true! Makeup can affect your body’s sacred hormonal cycles. Who knew? Many types of makeup contain chemicals called pthalates – a family of chemicals also known as plasticizers.

These chemicals are present in a number of petroleum products, and have been found in a number of articles humans use and absorb including makeup, nail polish, household cleaners, air fresheners and food packaging.

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Along with exposure to phthalates via makeup and household cleaners, packaged foods provide a significant source of phthalate exposure.

According to the study, women with the highest levels of phthalates in their urine went through menopause an average of 2.3 years earlier than their lower phthalates counterparts, and some women were going through menopause as early as 15 years prematurely.

Dangers of Phthalates

According to the Environmental Working Group, phthalates present a number of health hazards to humans, including:

  • Disrupted endocrine function
  • Reduced sperm counts in men
  • Testicular atrophy
  • Increased risk of liver cancer

Scary stuff. Further, the EWG states the effect of phthalate contamination in the human body is cumulative and the negative effects compound as levels increase. About 84 percent of the population shows phthalate contamination at any given time, according to the EWG.

It’s so prevalent now that we’ve all most like had lots of exposure. Don’t let that dishearten you though, as there is lots we can do to prevent lots more future exposure (keep reading).

Symptoms Associated with Menopause

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Along with health risks, some of the symptoms of perimenopause/menopause can be uncomfortable and disconcerting for women. These include:

  • Changes in your period
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Vaginal and bladder changes
  • Heart palpitations
  • Libido changes
  • Mood changes

How to Stay Healthy 

Your best bet is to avoid using substances that contain phthalates.

Phthalate-containing product Alternative
Deodorant/anti-persperant Sally B’s Skin Yummies Herba pad underarm deodorant
Perfume Essential oils
   
Lotion Try just using coconut oil on your body
Nail polish Try Vapour’s fabulous nail polish, free of the big 3 nail toxins
Makeup Try Vapour’s great foundations and Aura Multi-Use blush in Courtesan, personal favorites!As well as Vapour’s Siren Lipstick. Try Sally B’s Get Even Mineral Powder
Air freshener Dilute essential oil of grapefruit into distilled water in a spray bottle.
Cleaning products Buy fragrance-free cleaning products and seek out natural brands or non-toxic alternatives like vinegar and water
Packaged Foods Buy organic, unpackaged produce and prepare it yourself. Or only use products from companies that use non-leachable packaging.

Naturally Beautiful

You don’t need to use a lot of chemical laden products to be beautiful! Many women notice that, as they follow The Beauty Detox Solution, their skin gains a natural glow of good health, and they don’t need to use as much makeup.

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To give yourself a natural glow:

  • Eat an organic, plant-based diet
  • Drink plenty of pure water
  • Follow a regular program of detoxification
  • Avoid processed and chemical-laden foods
  • Avoid use of chemicals in your environment and on your person
  • Get plenty of fresh air and exercise
  • Take care of your skin using non-toxic products and regular exfoliation
  • Practice dry brushing to stimulate lymph draining

By caring for your health, you’ll be naturally beautiful – without phthalates! And your body will more free to follow its own natural cycles.

Love,

Kimberly

New York Times Bestseller and Nutritionist