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Menopause symptoms – signposts to change

menopause symptomsAre you surfing the web just now, looking to piece together the symptoms you are experiencing because you wonder – if it could be menopause? (And perhaps you’re hoping it isn’t – you’re not ready yet!).

Perhaps your medical practitioner has told you “you’re too young – come back in a couple of years and I’ll test your hormone levels”. Or maybe you’ve been told that this is the run up to menopause and you’ll need HRT now to keep your symptoms at bay.

That’s it, for most women in the west (this phenomena doesn’t affect women in other countries in the same way). On offer – HRT, anti-depressants and a pat on the back. You’ve reached the end of your productive road and the medical profession don’t have the time, money or interest to look any deeper than this being a fault of your ovaries. Even though many would love to and a rare few specialise, it’s still not a sexy area of medicine.

 

The story seems to be that your ovaries have it wrong?  Apparently (according to whom I know not but someone will tell me ) it is not time for them to reduce estrogen production. I challenge that.

Your lungs now how to draw air in, your heart knows how to beat – your thyroid is constantly calibrating what needs to be done in your system – your body knows what to do  and when. But this seems to have been overlooked especially following the whole ‘estrogen failure’ thing from the 60s.

 

So. Is menopause an illness? No. It is a natural life event. Can it give rise to symptoms that need treatment? Yes, it can if they are allowed to become severe.. And the best way to manage them is to prepare your body for the change even before perimenopause arrives. Makes sure you do and make sure, please, that women you know do to. It matters. It matters that we stay well and live to enjoy the ‘third third’ of our lives.

 

In a nutshell – here are the usual signs and symptoms  of menopause that medical and other practitioners describe: –

 

  • Irregular periods.
  • Vaginal dryness.
  • Hot flashes.
  • Chills.
  • Night sweats.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Mood changes.
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism.

Please remember – anything that worries you – especially bloating that doesn’t go away, or very heavy periods (and if there is a persistent low back pain and a feeling of fullness) MUST be checked out thoroughly by a medical practitioner qualified and interested in womens’ health.

But what about the emotional component of these changes? Irregular periods not only throw you into a tangle when it comes to planning – an event, an outfit – a stay away from home – but that stability is leaving and that can make you feel vulnerable. Likewise, vaginal dryness – a new barrier to confident love making perhaps – can leave you feeling like a slightly broken piece of equipment. Sleep problems not only make your day foggy  and hard to deal with but affect weight – leptin that should be produced to (in a healthy way) suppress appetite, is impacted as is the rest of your metabolic system.

In this short piece, I won’t give a run down of every response to every symptom, but I can give you a rule of thumb to apply.

 

  1. Decrease stressors (including foods and environments, people and self-imposed pressures) so that cortisol production is slowed. This is critical.
  2. Increase periods of rest, peace and calm. This is also critical – your adrenals must – MUST – be healthy now so that they can pick up some of the estrogen production.
  3. Ask for help.

From a Yogic/healers perspective what I see is the constant energy drain from an energy body we refer to as the sacral chakra. Think of your womb space as being a resource of personal energy that is leaking. This centre (chakra) also has a correspondence with the throat chakra and it’s so often the case that women do not or will not express their needs -their simple, basic needs – for support – and in perimenopause – they – you – will absolutely be challenged to stand up for them. To stand up for yourself.

 

I work exclusively with women who want the best experience of menopause. A passage that is about to a new place of deeper power, passion and peace. You too can experience the deeper meanings and mysteries of perimenopause, learn the tools and practices that make this a learning and growth experience like no other – buckle up and talk with me.

 

You can find my video series on YouTube where I give more information on the symptoms.

 

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Belly fat, sweating & exhausted? Is it really all because of the menopause?

 

 

If you are suffering from unwanted saggy belly fat, sweating during the day and at night (or having gruesome chills) and feeling exhausted, you’re likely to be told that it’s the inevitable result of the dreaded menopause.

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But why would 75% of women never report these symptoms? Or even tell you (as my ‘best’ friend did) ” I just sailed through it” Hmm.

 

Is it REALLY all because of the down regulation of your ovaries? Or could there be other factors at play? Factors that you may be able to work with… have a look at what Dr Berg has to say:

 

 

Have you got your copy of my “30 day sweat reduction programme”? It’s a good place to start taking back control.

Even if your flashes don’t respond and you need more support, you’ll learn a lot about your body and mind. Menopause is not just about your body – it is – in my opinion anyway – a doorway (well, a long tunnel sometimes) to a new and freer life. So don’t write it off, arbitarily medicate it away or feel you are being penalised. Honestly, messy as it can be – a gift awaits you on the other side.

 

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Miss Whiplash or Mrs Patience? Estrogen dominance in menopause.

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Estrogen dominance.

Could estrogen be the ‘Miss Whiplash’ of the woman’s body? A driving force that doesn’t know when or how to  stop?

I’ve been mooching around  FB groups, checking out the ones for perimenopausal women. One of these groups has made my heart ache.

In this particular group, dozens (if not 00s) of (younger) women are  reporting that they are suffering from endometriosis; fibroids; uterine disorders and other womb related pain and disease.  Surgery is often their next step.

I asked myself, is this just random or is something going on globally?

I am a mentor, coach and an energy healer. Yes, I know. “Energy healer” is a fancy term that covers a lot of ground, most of which is quite indistinct. But one thing I do know,  deep in my cells and that is, I have always had a sense of the ‘quantum’. Let’s call it the invisible world that we – as human animals – are woven into. Well, now the physicists agree at least!

Therefore,  in my world, everything that has a physical component, has a non-physical component.

Going back to this physical world for a minute, let’s understand the basics in our body.

Estrogen dominance is a term that describes the hormone estrogen being dominant (ie. not being within it’s normal ration of 50 – 200: 1 to progesterone) in the body.

We know  that too much estrogen – not effectively balanced by progesterone – fuels excess growth. That growth can show up in places where we don’t want it. The womb, for example.

So what role does Estrogen play in the female body?

Estrogen is the hormone that stimulates breast growth at puberty and  causes the womb lining to develop every month: it signals the change to allow curves to form on a young woman’s body. It regulates menstrual cycles and prepares the vagina for adulthood by thickening the tissue and helping it to secrete lubrication.

We know that too much Estrogen going  where we don’t want it and we get growth where we don’t want it. Fibroids and endometriosis, for example, may be a result of excess, un secreted Estrogens – included the so called xeno Estrogens.

Other symptoms that have been linked  to Estrogen dominance include:

  • Sore and swollen breasts.(has also been linked to excess progesterone).
  • Fluid retention.
  • Emotional mood swings.
  • Low thyroid function.
  • Fatigue
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Sweet cravings and..
  • Belly fat.

Yuk.

It’s not just the estrogen that our ovaries make that may be contributing to the problem.

We now have a whole host of so-called xeno (foreign) estrogens in our environment. They are in plastics; beauty products: fertilisers: antibiotics: pesticides and synthetic hormones. Other contributing factors are around life style and Vitamin D deficiency.

To save you reading and knowing how important this topic is, I made a quick talk for you.

My talk on oestrogen dominance

From a metaphyisical/healer perspective, I just have to speak up for our wombs!

The womb and all her support systems (ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina, labia, clitoris and supporting muscles) are the BIG focus here. If the womb is the representation of our personal and planetary sacred and creative space,(and I believe it is) then we must do all we can to keep her (us) in balance so that life can be created and  sustained, in a healthy way.

This is what I – and many others – call Divine Feminine space. The seemingly empty  and still space of  creation. And it isn’t a space limited to women because our menfolk need it to, but we are the majority shareholders in this gift, because of our biology.

Keeping the Planet in balance and keeping our bodies in balance are mutually supportive.

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Make a start now. You might like to use this App to check out any products that you buy to make sure they are not going to add to your burden of the driving force that is estrogen.

 

https://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/

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Or you might like to book a chat with me to see what is fuelling your worst menopause symtoms – just book your “Focus on You” session right now.Let’s talk about you.