It’s such a shame that the menopause has such negative connotations in the Western world. In more enlightened societies women who reach the menopause have elevated positions in their communities and they are seen as wise women: women who have experience of life in so many ways and are therefore valued and looked to for advice and guidance.
Why then in Western society is the vibe more about fading away, the ‘grey’ chapter in our lives, the subject of jokes about hot flushes and so on?
‘Menopausal’ is the term often used to refer to the period of transition that is more correctly defined as ‘Perimenopausal’. This is a time of change just as puberty was a time of change, a time of entering into child-bearing potential, whereas menopause means that window of opportunity is closed. For some this can be a very difficult time, a dream of a child (or another child) is no longer a possibility and so there is a range of emotions that ensue. This might be compounded by having a pubescent daughter.
Of course there is a wide range of emotions around menopause. There are those who celebrate the passing of the monthly bleed and the liberation from contraception concerns!
As for ‘menopausal’ symptoms, well some women just stop bleeding and don’t notice much by way of symptoms (how lucky are they?), whilst others suffer constant hot flushes, disrupted sleep (sometimes waking with hot flushes that made them sweat so much they are sodden and need to change bedclothes), difficult concentration, short-term memory issues, loss of libido, low energy and even depression. You wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy!
If any of that resonates with you and you feel that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is your only choice then stop a moment and do some research. Like all medication HRT comes with a list of side effects and contra-indications. The BBC series ‘Trust me I’m a Doctor’ has some useful information here. Some newspaper articles from August 2016 are detailed in this BBC News blog.
Homeopathy offers a really effective alternative approach. I have treated many women using homeopathic medicine who have sought help with menopausal symptoms. Homeopathy takes note of the individual’s experience so it is really the person that is treated not the symptoms as such. The more unusual the symptom, the more interesting it is to the homeopath!
Contact me for a free informal chat –
Margaret Kincade, Homeopath 07950 711598