We need to talk about the menopause
Over the last couple of years, menopause has been a serious problem for many of my clients – and friends! For some it was a slow and gradual process yet for others it appeared like a bolt from the blue with unexpended crippling symptoms.
There is also a tremendous amount of misinformation from the media, and dare I say even the medical profession despite solid science and wonderfully good intentions. So why in the 21st century have we failed to nail the menopause madness and provide women with the common-sense support they deserve?
“In this world nothing is certain but death, taxes and menopause.”
Unfortunately, when it comes to menopause sh*t well and truly happens! It’s a natural and inevitable biological process that will happen to us all at some point whether we like it or not. The biggest challenge women face compared to, say one hundred years ago, is the complexity of modern life.
Don’t get me wrong I’m totally in favour of ‘having it all’ however life is filled with challenges that didn’t exist in previous centuries: delayed childbirth; demanding careers; stress and technology to name a few. And let’s not forget our extended life expectancy. Perhaps life really does start at menopause, now there’s a thought…
For those who have worked with me, you’ll know I’ve always been interested in women’s hormones partly because of my own hormone fairy tale, or rather horror story, but also because I feel you can really make a difference to the health and wellbeing of women with carefully planned dietary changes and support.
So why have I specifically decided to focus on menopause? Quite simply because I think women need more help in this confusing life stage wherever they may find themselves on the menopause spectrum.
Currently the only options available are:
2. Deal with the symptoms and hope they subside with time
3. Self-help via the media and online resources
4. Functional medicine
It may surprise you but based on personal experience I honestly believe all three of these options are flawed. However, it may also surprise you that I’m actually a fan of all four when, and only when, they are carefully tailored to the individual. This means I don’t advocate a specific ‘menopause diet’ or have a regular supplement protocol.
Women are unique so therefore their menopause is also unique. Makes sense, right? Therefore, the way to get the help you need is to consult a functional medicine practitioner who can holistically assess your health.
My mission is to help women design a menopause blueprint that is unique to them whether it’s perimenopause, premature ovarian failure or even surgically induced. There is a way for everyone to stay in control and that doesn’t mean rejecting modern medicine or embracing your grey hairs.