When working with new female clients it is not uncommon for a woman to look at me quizzically and ask, “you mean not every female has _______insert symptoms___ like mood swings, acne, pain, heavy menstrual flow,night sweats, hot flushes?
We all know we are each unique and our cycles differ, some women experiencing none or only mild symptoms while others experience severe symptoms. There is so much prattle in the media and our culture about women being "hormonal" that we have come to unquestioningly believe that menstrual cycles and menopause are encumbrances we must suffer through.
To make matters worse, we teach our young adolescent girls that this is the way their lives will be! It makes me so sad to hear mothers recommend that their daughters take an over the counter pain reliever during their menstrual cycle to ease the discomfort-- this is not a life long solution!
Natural medicine has a different perspective on the numerous symptoms associated with menstruation, fertility, and menopause. Bloating, mood swings, breast tenderness, menstrual pain and/or irregularity, heavy flow, night sweats, hot flushes, acne, headaches...these are all flags that your body is out of alignment and a tune up is in order.
Different symptoms give clues to the most appropriate ways to re-balance your body.
Common Causative Factors of Hormonal Discomfort in Women:
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Digestive issues
- Flawed messaging between glands
- Inadequate or unbalanced ratios of hormones
- Inadequate breakdown of metabolic byproducts
These are generally repairable over time with good nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, supplements and herbs. Simple lab tests can be done from one's own home can further help pinpoint hormonal imbalances and provide more clear guidance to how one's life can be improved rather quickly.
First, is recognizing that, you need not suffer during your monthly cycles or daily during menopause. PMS, menstrual discomfort and menopause symptoms may be “common” but I would argue they need not be "normal".