Are you in menopause or dreading the approach of menopause? Do you feel run down or depleted? Do you want more energy, better sleep, relief from hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain and moodiness? Menopause doesn’t have to be this way!
Girls are taught what to expect at puberty and are proud to move into womanhood. Pregnant women have lots of support and love as they bring new life into the world. But the woman approaching menopause either has no idea what’s coming or they have been taught to expect the worst: hot flashes, night sweats, dry skin and vagina, and mood swings. In American society, it also marks the end of her vitality and usefulness. This is the age when a woman becomes “invisible.”
Menopause is still not openly discussed. Women are even hesitant to ask their doctors for help with menopausal symptoms. It’s just as well, though, since most doctors (even fourth-year OB/GYN residents) feel inadequately informed to help their patients with menopause! 1
In other cultures, menopause is seen as a natural part of every woman’s life that accompanies her growth into her wisdom power, and leadership. In modern America, it’s so common for menopause to be a traumatic experience full of pain and discomfort that a woman feels she has to keep to herself.
Just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s natural! Menopause should be a smooth and graceful transition into a new and rich phase of our lives, where the best is yet to come.
I’ll be writing more about menopause in the weeks to come. If you’re in Orange County, California, I invite you to my free workshop, Menopause Without Misery in February. For dates, times, and details, please see my Events page.
- Wolff, J. What Doctors Don’t Know About Menopause. AARP The Magazine, Aug/Sep 2018. https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2018/menopause-symptoms-doctors-relief-treatment.html