"It's a time to tune into your body and embrace the new chapter"...
Menopause by definition is when a woman stops having periods, a natural process that can happen between the age of 45 - 55.
It can be a time that many women fear or even dred and feel unsure about.
However, as we live in a world that shares a lot more information, the once taboo, not talked about topics are now realised as being critical and normal parts of life, that should and need to be discussed, without shame or prejudice.
Not too many young women know about menopause or indeed the term 'peri-menopause' and I know personally that in all of my school years, I never heard the terms uttered once, it was a hushed topic so to speak. Shouldn't we educate ourselves and our daughters about the road we are destined to walk?
Davina McCall has opened the gates to exploring more and openly discussing her experiences, and this has been a great movement!
There are many symptoms experienced during this time in a woman's life, and whilst we could wrap it up in one sentence ' oh that's when periods end', there is so much more involved that impacts a woman's entire body, mind and soul.
The physical symptoms might include the flushing, the spike in body temperature, body aches or joint pains. Then there are mood swings and emotional rollercoaster rides that can overwhelm. And what about GSM? Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause is caused by the decrease in oestrogen, leading to vaginal tissues become thinner, drier, less elastic and more fragile, losing natural moisture, pain during or after sex, bleeding after sex, incontinence, genital irritation. As a woman who might not have reached this chapter yet, did you know about GSM??
There is immense change taking place for a woman and an experience that for some resembles loss as the female body evolves...but how amazing are we! How amazing!
And the good news is, I can support you through these changes for a much more comfortable journey down the path of menopause and peri-menopause.
Intuition is an amazing ability to know something without having proof, but we question everything and more often than not, we ignore that ‘gut feeling’ and there is much reason as to why we refer to intuition as going with our gut. Our gut, you see, it is our second brain.
If a musical instrument is out of tune, it sounds bad. It can ruin a live performance and it isn't so easy on the ears! And what happens in this situation? Well, a muso quickly tunes up their guitar or fiddle, does a little sound check and makes sure everything is a-o-k! No one would ever continue to play when their instrument is not working optimally, and who would pay to see a concert if the lead guitarist was totally off key?
Suffering breakout, be it mild, moderate or severe, is no doubt a frustrating, upsetting and often painful thing to endure. Whilst no one wishes to experience the discomfort, sometimes having clarity and understanding of why it has happened can help with the healing journey, encourage my clients to stay focused on sticking to the plan and really get to know what's going on in their body.