You may have been leery of menopause your whole adult life. You've heard the horror stories of embarrassing emotional meltdowns, gross uncontrollable sweating, unforgiving fatigue and the inability to think straight.

We all have.

Speak to just about ANY woman who's “of a certain age” and she'll likely go into great detail about her own horror stories of what she's going through; hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, sexual discomfort, lack of libido and metabolic disturbances, weight gain, and gastrointestinal challenges.

Dig a little deeper and you'll no doubt hear those same women not only tell you that they've been fearing these challenges for decades, but that they actually EXPECTED them.  By why?

This Shouldn't Be Considered Normal

MenopauseWhy is it normal for women to EXPECT a natural part of their reproductive health to cause such problems?

Could it be that the there's something we don't know, have forgotten or even that we've been MIS-TAUGHT about the workings of the female body that has taken us away from what our bodies naturally WANT to do as they age and instead have contributed to increasingly damaging and destructive imbalances that threaten our health in countless ways?

Could it also be that the solution is simpler than we tend to think, closer than we tend to believe and easier than we even dared to hope?

I think so…

If your body was humming along fine and the only change was your ovaries producing less estrogen and progesterone, because you are no longer fertile, why all the chaos?

It Just Doesn't Make Sense

Your body continues to make progesterone and estrogen, even if you have a full hysterectomy to include both ovaries, and yet, because your ovaries stop producing the same levels of these hormones – you're doomed?

In addition to your ovaries, your adrenal glands produce small amounts of progesterone and estrogen. Fat tissue contributes to estrogen production, and recently it's been discovered that your brain also can produce estrogen.

So, if you don't need the same levels of these hormones, because you're no longer fertile and your body still has the capacity to make what you need.

Why Do So Many Women Struggle?

I'm not suggesting that you avoid hormone replacement therapy, especially if you recently had a full hysterectomy. There are a lot of studies indicating that hormone therapy can be very beneficial for long-term health. Our average lifespans have increased, and our bodies could use the extra support.

But that doesn't mean menopause needs to be a rough ride.

No, you don't have a menopause problem.

There Is A Bigger Story Here

Consider your optionsHormones don't work in isolation. They are messengers sent to direct actions and there are dozens of them. In addition, neurotransmitters also work in conjunction with hormones, and have a similar role of messenger.

Additionally, hormones need to be produced, managed, metabolized and released from your system. If these processes are not being managed properly, then you're going to experience symptoms.

If you're experiencing a rough menopause, whether you're on hormone therapy or not, it's time to roll up your sleeves.

You're the only person who can solve this, you don't have to solve it alone, but you're still the person in charge.

Your doctor can prescribe medications; hormones, anti-depressants, etc. but that's still just a guessing game. There is no exact prescription to solve what ails you, because you are an individual.

They don't feel what you feel. They don't know what you face during the day, how you behave in certain circumstances and they don't know you.

It Takes Diligence

The ONLY person who can know you is you.

There are many reasons why your hormones are out of whack, and lower levels are likely only a fraction of the real dysfunction.

But you need a place to start.

If your hormones are out of balance, you want to address stress first.  Your hypothalamus is the primary conductor for directing the activity of your stress, metabolism and sex hormones. They all begin at the same place, they all require the same basic building blocks to be produced, but there is a hierarchy.

Your stress hormones are what I call your survival hormones. And your body will focus on them above all others, because if you don't survive – you don't need to thrive. Your thyroid pathway hormones are your metabolism, and your ovaries are your reproductive and thrive hormones. They are last in line.

So, start by being observant of what triggers stress for you. Certain environments, situations, conversations, etc. that you can identify which are routine and cause you stress.

Reach out to health professionals and seek help to identify possible internal stressors such as pathogen infections, nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, and even hormone levels. But don't just look at your estrogen and progesterone. You want a broad panel view of your hormones. Remember, they don't work in isolation and it's not just about how much, it's also the ratio between certain hormones.

For instance, you may feel better if both progesterone and estrogen were low, but in balance with each other than you would if they were both in range, but estrogen was on the high end and progesterone on the low end.
Once you can identify sources of stress, you're on your way.

This First Step Is Critical

You have controlWithout being aware of what triggers you negatively and positively, you can't figure out how to correct it.

This step is not about labeling anything “good” or “bad,” it's about identifying what prompts different reactions, affects your energy, and how it affects how you relate with yourself.

By awakening your senses and being aware of cause and effect you solve the mystery of what causes you stress.

This skill guides you to be more open and curious, so you can diagnosis your situation and discover new possibilities.

Without the ability to use your senses and be aware you are only assuming you know what the problem is and you're not able to connect-the-dots that will lead you to effectual change that will have positive long-lasting results.

I understand that it may not be easy to understand how this is related to your rough menopause or how it can help.

I do know that it can be very difficult to avoid labeling reactions and actions as “good” or “bad.”

And I do empathize with the desire to have someone solve your problems for you, because the alternative may make it appear to be too difficult to do or that it's your “fault” for being in this situation.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

You are the designerYou've heard the saying; “Not planning is planning to fail.” But before planning, you have to identify the problem and analyze it.

If you leave the solution solely up to others, they are working on bad intelligence. They are missing critical information.

They are missing your natural innate ability to know what you need.

Remember, no one can know you like you know you. So, if you leave it up to them, they can only guess at what will work and you find yourself in a series of trial-and-errors.

Maybe you stumble on a solution that works pretty well, maybe you don't.

But if you take responsibility, and start opening yourself to observing more, you will be able to find solutions that will work for you.

Taking responsibility doesn't mean you are all on your own. But you are the one who needs to direct the course of action, make the final decisions, and ultimately check in with yourself to determine if it's working for you or not.

Your health practitioners have experience, education and resources that will help you along the way – make it easier for you, and provide you with options you may not be aware of, but your experience is still going to be by your design.

If you elect to just follow whatever they tell you, that is also by your design. Not making a choice, is still making a choice.

I'm Inviting You To Make One That Works For You

Taking responsibility doesn't mean you are all on your own. But you are the one who needs to direct the course of action, make the final decisions, and ultimately check in with yourself to determine if it's working for you or not.

I realize it can be hard to get started. There are so many responsibilities and tasks that need to be seen to, this may seem like it's just too much.

I promise you, it's not as difficult as it may appear and once you get the hang of it, you can make huge changes with very little effort.

The point is, no one can do it for you. You have to take responsibility for getting it done, but you not alone. There are resources at your fingertips. Even I can be a resource you can tap for help.

If you want more information, need some clarity or want to learn how to do this and develop a process that will help you solve your real problems systematically, contact me. I have set aside time to meet with women like yourself who want to take charge of their health, who want to support their body's natural hormonal rhythms, and who know they need some extra support for feeling like themselves again.

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You can feel like yourself again and feel confident in your body, while supporting it naturally in a way that truly works for you.

Your partner in health,

Justine Cécile

P.S. You may also be interested in these posts:

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