A traumatic event helped me understand the role that fertility hormones, estrogen, and progesterone play in the emotional and physical wellbeing of women. In this blog, I share my personal experiences and guidance to help ease your menopause symptoms.
A lifelong fascination with hormonal balance
My first experience of the debilitating impact of a hormonal imbalance happened in 1978, when my case made legal history. It was the first time that premenstrual syndrome (PMS) was used as a mitigating factor to reduce the potential life sentence I was facing for a major crime. If you’re interested in my story, you can listen to an interview with BBC World Service.
When my daughter started menstruating, I recognised her PMS symptoms and helped her to deal with them earlier to experience a more comfortable monthly cycle and regulate her moods for emotional freedom.
When I started entering perimenopause, the stage before menopause, I was able to identify that my hormones were playing havoc with my mood swings, and I was putting on weight.
What’s happening to my body during the menopause?
If you’re going through any stage of the menopause, you may be experiencing several unpleasant symptoms including changes in your monthly cycle, hot flushes and night sweats, headaches and dizziness, vaginal dryness and a loss of interest in sex. Mood swings, memory problems, weight gain, problems sleeping, anxiety, low energy, and motivation and that’s not all of them!
You are experiencing symptoms like these because your ovarian function has stopped producing eggs and this decreases the production of estrogen and progesterone. This has a significant impact on your body which is why you have an inbuilt resource – your adrenal glands. These are located above your kidneys and are responsible for regulating hormones. Your adrenal glands can produce estrogen and progesterone to soften the impact of menopausal symptoms. It ensures that your menopausal transition is more manageable.
Problems occur when you feel stressed. This triggers your adrenals to release cortisol and adrenaline to prime your body for an attack. The 50 trillion cells you have go into a survival function and the energy from your brain is re-directed into your arms and legs. This means that your cognitive function is impaired due to energy loss and more importantly, your adrenal glands stop producing estrogen and progesterone. Your menopausal symptoms are immediately intensified.
The best way to ease your symptoms is to establish a daily practice that releases stress regularly and ongoing. Whether it’s a walk, a yoga class, a relaxing massage or breathwork, you cope better with your menopause when you manage your stress.
A metaphysical perspective
If you feel a sense of loss about your youth, your ability to conceive, your role as a woman, this grief is often unexpressed and stored in the body. As women we give so much of ourselves to our families, friends, work and home that when we realise that part of what makes us female has gone, we are left contemplating the future. Who will we become? What’s our purpose now in life? These emotions and thoughts are very natural, and we each take different amounts of time to accept that we are ageing. Yet this deeper layer of emotional undercurrent starts to form neuropathways in our brain that don’t support the true magnificence of who we are and the potential of who we can be.
In western culture there is much emphasis on youth, and so many of us try hard to look as young as we can for as long as we can. Yet as we grow into the age we are, with grace, we can recognise that our knowledge, our experience, and our wisdom can help support our families, friends, and colleagues in a much more powerful way. Whilst your physical body is continually changing and you began ageing from the moment you were born, inside, you are still the same age.
What can I do to ease my menopause?
By gently changing the way you perceive the ageing process you feel the potential of your life’s experience. You feel lighter, more energised and accepting that you are lovely just as you are, regardless of the number on your birth certificate.
As you feel love and acceptance for where you are right now in your life, and you can see your timeless beauty reflected in the faces of loved ones, then you feel liberated from discord. Your most profound transformations are happening in this moment. Guiding you into a way of being that dignifies your life experiences to give radiance to your love, allowing the passion for who you love, how you love and the gentle way you influence to inspire those around you.
This is not the autumn of your life; this is the start of a whole new era, an era where you can feel more comfortable, more loving, more at peace than you ever dreamed possible. Allow the highest expression of the woman within you to rise in her glory for you.
Yes you are defined by every experience, every moment, every memory of life itself. Your wisdom causes you to shine with an iridescent beauty that only comes from a woman comfortable in her skin. Every wrinkle proudly shows the legacy of your imprint upon the world you have walked, the loved ones you have loved and cared for. Be proud of your magnificence. You have so much to offer, so much still to give, so much more joy to experience.
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