As a clinical naturopath, I’m often struck by how women’s own health comes last on the priorities list, which ultimately compounds and complexifies things later. The effects can be far-reaching, compromising their ability to perform well and achieve all that they desire professionally. Also, to be there effectively for loved ones at home and in their personal lives.
When it comes to hormones, especially, professional woman of peri menopausal or menopausal age often face so much uncertainty, fear, frustration, and isolation as they attempt to understand the changes occurring within their bodies, whilst holding everything together across all aspects of life, advancing their careers, and planning to set themselves (and their families) up for the future. Often, they silently navigate this path – afraid of the judgement, pressure and consequences, should their reality be revealed – overtly or covertly.
That is why I’m dedicated to supporting busy women to better handle this transition. Perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause, is a constant state of flux and I’ve found, relatively poorly understood. It’s much more than changes to cycles and bleeds. An ever-changing hormonal landscape may impact tolerance, mood, body temperature, sleep, energy, metabolism, motivation, clarity, desire, urinary tract health, hair, skin, and more. For the most part, it impacts relationships and confidence.
Every woman’s menopausal journey is different, but for the women who suffer, their ability to maintain poise under the most challenging situations may be severely compromised.
When it comes to hot flushes and mood swings, the two most-commonly reported frustrations, it’s a vicious cycle. Acute stress (coupled with reduced resilience) often precedes hot flushes; this exacerbates stress, bringing on more flushes. In the workplace, there’s often nowhere to run and hide, no control over the building’s temperature, and stress is near impossible to eradicate. Once a woman feels she’s been compromised as a result of a flush or her response to a challenge, it’s not uncommon for her to seek solace in sweets, salty food, or a coffee, in a bid to restore an even keel. However, ultimately, these crutches make matters worse. Cue less resilience and more hot flushes.
Much of these changes are mediated by the link between our nervous system, adrenals and female hormones. As we age, our adrenals are constantly required to step up, to regulate our stress response, and ensure continued oestrogen production, as ovarian function declines. But there are other considerations too, like the liver, thyroid, gut, and environment. It’s a finely tuned orchestra, in addition to genetics, that determines a woman’s menopausal journey. And it’s the sum of the whole. Many of our life choices have cumulative effects. Which makes it imperative to lay solid foundations earlier, rather than later. That’s your choice.
More than anything else, I’m passionate about building greater awareness of this transition, and encouraging healthy discussions around it, so that women – like you – feel supported, empowered, and in the best possible position to make informed choices. That’s different for everyone. But it’s good to have access to sound information and options.
To this end, I’ve created an online community that is a private and respectful space for women to learn from one another’s experiences, and from me, to establish greater hormonal balance naturally. I’ve chosen to provide this as a free resource. Should this interest you, please click on this link. Alternatively, I work one-on-one and in group programme settings with women.
If you’d like further information, please contact me on 0411 403 691 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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