6 Myths About The Pill Busted

6 Myths About The Pill Busted.

I was on The Pill. A long time ago. I wish I had known then what I know now.  I’d never have taken it.  But it was my choice.  Made rashly, I now realise.

We all have choice.  These days, I like to make informed choices: choices based on info from a range of different sources. And I encourage people to do the same. I do respect the choices others make.

Here, I’m just busting a few myths. To help women decide if The Pill is a sensible choice for them or not. It doesn’t go into the risks and side effects.  That’s one for another day and a whole other blog or three.  For the benefits, please visit any conventional medical website.

Let’s look at some common myths…

 

#1 The Pill Is Made From Hormones

Nope.

The Pill contains drugs that are similar to hormones, but they are not identical to natural hormones produced in our bodies.

They have similar chemical structures. They are pseudo-hormones if you like.

I always think of our whole hormone system as like an orchestra – all perfectly-tuned, different instruments played expertly in harmony to create a beautiful sound. Remember, ALL our hormones are interlinked; not just our sex hormones.

To me, The Pill is like a out-of-tune, out-of-time, loud horn. Yes, it’s still playing in the band and in the performance, but it’s just not right.  It’s not the right fit. It’s not harmonious. And it’s getting a response from the audience, but maybe not the one the conductor wanted.

The Pill’s synthetic hormones kinda “fit” into our natural hormone receptors, but they aren’t a perfect match. They don’t function in the way natural hormones do. Which means our bodies don’t function in the way nature intended.

Synthetic hormones have side-effects, switch off  our own hormones and suppress ovulation.

And ovulation is a normal body process which produces sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone…which have many functions in women’s bodies, not just menstrual cycles, fertility, pregnancy and so on.

 

#2 You Still Get A Period On The Pill

The bleeds women get when taking The Pill are “withdrawal” bleeds caused by a break in the synthetic hormones. That’s not the same as a period. You’re not having a menstrual cycle or periods if you’re taking hormonal contraception.

Did you know that The Pill’s 28 day pattern is just chosen to represent an average cycle? To reassure us that it’s in tune with our natural cycles and rhythms.  When it’s not.

Drug companies could choose any pattern.  Indeed, there are some pill programmes dosed to bleed less than once a month.

 

#3 The Pill Controls Periods and Regulates Hormones

The Pill was developed as a means of birth control.  At a time when contraception was illegal.

So, it was promoted as a miracle cure to treat female issues and to control or normalise periods.  Where normalising periods really meant preventing pregnancy.

And nothing’s changed. Doctors still prescribe it to normalise periods and regulate hormones. When really, it suppresses cycles; the period is actually a withdrawal bleed; The Pill’s synthetic hormones are not balancing our natural hormones.

FYI I am all for women’s sexual freedom and preventing unwanted pregnancies. I just know that there are lots of options for contraception; synthetic hormones are one choice available.

 

#4 The Pills “Mimics” Pregnancy

I have heard people promote The Pill by saying it’s like the pregnant or breastfeeding states of our distant grandmothers.  Women did have fewer ovulations and periods in the past, because they had more pregnancies and breastfed their children.

We maybe have over ten times as many periods as our great-grandmothers, I read somewhere. Our health, hormones and fertility are very different from those days.

Taking The Pill is not the same as having multiple pregnancies and breastfeeding for a long time.  Pregnancy hormones help protect us from certain cancers and heart disease. Synthetic hormones do not prevent cancer – indeed they increase slightly the risk of breast and liver cancer and increase risk of blood clots.  It’s not the same at all.

#5 New Pills Are Much Safer

All drugs come with risks and side effects. Newer hormonal contraceptives carry with them risks and side effects too.

Learn these before you make a final decision on taking any medication or choosing a treatment. Conventional or complementary.

Ask a Doctor or Pharmacist. Read the packet inserts.  Do your research.  And then decide.

 

#6 The Pill Cures Some Reproductive Health Issues

Not true either.

Some women are prescribed The Pill after a diagnosis of a condition like PCOS or amenorrhea (no periods).  Or due to unwanted symptoms, like heavy periods and flooding.

If we had heavy bleeding before, we’re only masking the cause when we choose The Pill. We’re not fixing the real issue.   It’s not a cure. And it’s the same with any diagnosis or label we’ve been given.

It just might come back when we stop taking The Pill.

When we stop hormonal contraception because we want to try for a baby, we may have been living with a suppressed condition for years.  And that condition might be one that makes natural conception trickier. It still needs to be addressed. Either by restoring health and hormone balance naturally (that’s what I teach and support women and couples to do) or through fertility treatments …which can mean even more artificial hormones overriding normal, natural body processes.

 

I end where I started. On the subject of choice.  Our body, our choice. And amen to that.  Please make your own decision on full information, gathered from a range of reliable sources.

I hope this is one source.

If you’re considering stopping The Pill, I have loads of great hints and tips on restoring balance, naturally. Get in touch.

Love, Kathy x 💕

 

 

 

How To Look After Your Vajayjay

Blog How To Look After Your Vajayjay

 

 

Yes, you read that right!

How To Look After Your Vajayjay

This blog is inspired by someone who recently told me she’s bought a nice smelling wash for “downstairs”.  At first, I thought she meant the kitchen floor, but NO. She mean to wash her “downstairs”! Her vajayjay.

As you can probably tell, I’m not a huge fan of buying washes to wash your vajayjay. Not only can the ingredients like soap and fragrances irritate your lady parts BUT it’s possible the washes and deodorants contain health and hormone-harming chemicals.  And hormone harming nasties can affect fertility.

AND does anyone really, want to slather their vagina (see, I can use the right word really) in those? Well, do they?

So I’m bashing at my keyboard to bring to you my 6 top tips for looking after your vajayjay. How to keep her clean and healthy, I mean. For any hair removal and vajazzling, you need to go elsewhere.  Soz.

Lets’s start with…

 

Washing Your Vajayjay

Use clean water to wash your vagina.

Soaps, shower gels, washes can contain chemicals which irritate or are health and hormone harmers.  If you use a shower gel or soap in the shower/bath, use a totally natural one (my addiction to Neals Yard Geranium and Orange is now legendary) in case it gets into you cracks and crevices.

If you want to check out your personal care products to see how natural and safe they really are, go to Environmental Working Group Skin Deep website.

 

Be Savvy With Sanitary Protection

Use organic cotton sanitary protection. It doesn’t contain nasty chemicals either, which could leach out.  Bleurgh.   Especially important if you’re a tampon user. Best avoid chemicals inserted right up there, in my view.

Personally, I see a lot of benefit in using towels. Because I think Mother Nature intended the flow to come right out, not be kept in. And tampon use risks Toxic Shock Syndrome, unless you change regularly.

Some of my clients use re-usable protection like Moon Cups.  Here is one link that explains them – you can buy them in lots of other places too.

All protection should be changed regularly for good hygiene.

 

Use Condoms

If you have multiple sexual partners, using condoms for sex is your best way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. Some sexually transmitted diseases have no symptoms and you may not know you have it. Some STDs can harm fertility and babies born.  ‘Nuff said.

 

Dress For Vajayjay Health

Your vajayjay wants to be kept as cool as possible to avoid overgrowth of bacteria.

Treat yours to nice cotton undies. And avoid wearing tights, exercise gear like leggings or skinny jeans for long periods. As if anyone needs an excuse to take off tights as soon as you get home!

Don’t wear undies at night (unless you have your period, of course).

Be careful what you wash your smalls in – once again, chemicals in washing products can irritate you and could be health and hormone harming. Did you know that those lovely smelling fabric conditioners can be some of the most toxic products?

 

Eat To Beat Any Issues

Nasty bacteria and yeasts thrive on sugar.  If you’re a sugar scoffer you’re more at risk of thrush. And let’s face it, there is sugar everywhere –  cakes, biscuits, candies, chocolate, packet foods, diet foods, processed foods, sauces … an endless list.

Alcohol aso encourages yeast growth in the vagina, raising the risk of thrush.

Mucus forming foods like red meat, refined carbs and most dairy (organic live yoghurt is an exception) affect the vagina too. Altering it’s acid/alkaline balance.

Organic live plain yoghurt has good bacteria. As does sauerkraut (fermented cabbage), kimchi (spicy kraut), kefir (a probiotic milk drink ), kombucha (a fermented drink). Including these in your life can make sure your body has plenty of good bacteria. Don’t get those supermarket probiotic drinks – full of sugar!

Choose a hormone friendly diet.

 

Good Toilet Habits

*ahem* wipe front to back.  You get what I’m saying?

That’s the best way of avoiding bum germs (we all have them!) getting into your vagina.

 

So that’s it.  6 ways to keep your vajayjay happy and healthy.  AND therefore to help protect your delicate hormones and fertility.

You know it makes sense.

Love, Kathy x

P.S.Neals Yard is an ambassador link.

What IS a healthy period?

What IS a healthy period?

What IS a healthy period?

What IS a healthy period?

If you believe all you see on TV, it’s rolling skating down a promenade on a sunny day wearing a big grin and the market’s best selling tampon.

The perfect period. If only, eh?

Well, I’m not sure there is such a thing as a perfect period.

You may be jealous of the gal who says  “my monthly is really light, quick, pain free and no hassle” but maybe not if she’s not building up a healthy womb lining for pregnancy.

So there may not be period perfection, but there are some signs of a healthy period and cycle.  A kind of  range of “normal”.

What is that, then? And what to do if you’re concerned.

 

Cycle Length

Your cycle should be between 25-35 days long.

Shorter cycles can suggest haywire hormones – usually too much oestrogen in relation to progesterone.  I can also mean it’s tougher falling pregnant because the second part of the cycle (after ovulation) is too short. Many experts say the second part of the cycle should be at least 12 days, but 10 or less is considered short.

If your cycles are long, again you may have hormone imbalance or a condition that is messing with ovulation like PCOS.

Your cycle the same or very similar every month. So if it’s 25 days one month, 35 the next and then 27, I’d say that’s irregular.

One off  “irregular” periods can usually be explained by stress, being poorly or getting out of your usual routine, like a holiday.

 

The Flow

Ooh lovely subject, but the flow should be bright red blood.

If it’s dark or brown, it can be a sign that blood isn’t flowing well.  Dark blood and clots can also be a sign that you have too much oestrogen in relation to progesterone.

It really shouldn’t be very clotty. A few very small clots on the first day is thought normal.

It should be a good flow, so you notice…but not so heavy, you daren’t laugh for fear of flooding your own pants. AND have to hug the toilet for days…instead of roller skating in the tampon ad.

It’s not really healthy to have to get up at night to change your tampon or towel because the flow is so heavy.

3-5 days of bleeding is average.  But 2-7 is considered normal.

 

PMS is NOT To Be Expected

PMS isn’t part of a healthy period.  It’s usually a sign that there is an imbalance somewhere.

Sure, many of your girl friends will tell you about the hideous cramps, Bitch-Troll-From-Hell moods and binge eating chocolate, but it really isn’t “normal”.

Maybe it’s you who breaks out in terrible teenage type acne and whose breasts swell like zeppelins?

My best tip for PMS is eat a blood sugar balancing diet i.e. eat good quality protein with every meal and snack, eat good fats and avoid sugar and “white”  refined carbs like the plague.

I’d say don’t be too concerned if you experience mild symptoms, like slight cramping, feeling sensitive and a skin breakout. Severe symptoms should be checked out.

 

Changes To Mucus

It’s totally normal to notice the discharge in your smalls.

And it’s totally healthy to see it change over your cycle.

Mother Nature intends it to change over your cycle so around ovulation you get a stretchy “egg whitey” mucus that helps sperm swim up it.

Not a lot of people know that!

Before and after ovulation, it tends to be thicker, drier and less clear.

 

Should I Smell Down There?

The short answer is yes and no.

Yes, you should notice a faint musky smell when you’re not on your period. A faint blood smell when you’re bleeding is okay.

No, you shouldn’t reek. Or smell strongly fishy.  That can be a sign of some sort of infection. Especially if you also notice itching, burning, pain, feeling hot or really tired.

Don’t cover up your natural smell with fragrances – they can be full of toxic and nasty chemicals which harm health, your mucus and fertility.  Wash with clean water.

 

Spotting

Some women see “spotting” at ovulation and that’s okay. It lasts 1-2 days and is light.

Some women also get spotting roughly a week after ovulation which is called “implantation spotting”.  It’s the time when any embryo would settle into the womb lining.

If you’re bleeding at other times, it’s not really a healthy period or cycle.

Bleeding in the second part of your cycle (after ovulation) might mean you have low progesterone. This is the hormone that holds your womb lining in place for implantation or to be shed if there is no pregnancy.

 

What Does Your Cycle Say About YOU?

Your cycle holds great clues to your fertility, hormone health and general health.

That’s why I ask women to chart their cycles, especially if they want to get pregnant or they have some unwanted symptoms. Their charts, other info and any test results can help me work out what changes they should make for healthy periods.

What is yours telling YOU? And what if you’re worried there may be something out of whack?

 

What Should I Do, If I’m Worried?

If you’re worried, see a Doctor.  They can arrange any tests to help work out what’s going on for you and discuss your treatment options.

A word of caution.

I have women come to see me who have been told they are “normal” but they don’t think they have a healthy period or cycle.

OR doctors suggest hormonal contraceptives to “suppress” their symptoms and cycle.  It’s up to you, of course, but that could be burying a problem not tackling the cause.

 

There is so much you can do with food choices, lifestyle habits, supplements and natural therapies to sort out your own haywire cycles. If you want to find out how I can help you with that, drop me a line.

Enjoy your roller skating *winks*

Love, Kathy x

 

 

 

What To Do When You Have Heavy Periods

What To Do When You Have Heavy Periods

What To Do When You Have Heavy Periods.

You know the drill, sister?

You daren’t cough, sneeze or stand up suddenly, because you know there’ll be a flood of Biblical proportions?

You go to the loo and have to sit there for ages …not because you need a tinkle or even to poop. People have been known to knock on the door to make sure you’re still alive.

Or you’re up and down to the toilet all day long.

You plan your calendar very carefully because you can’t leave the comfort of your home on those days.

You take a spare pair of BIG knickers and a change of clothes “just in case” you get soaked right through and I’m not talking about rain.

At night, you sleep on a big towel to protect the bed linen… not that you sleep much; you get up a few times a night to change.

Yes, you have heavy periods. And it’s affecting your life.

I get it.  I hear from women like you all the time. I used to be a woman just like you.

So why might you be suffering and what can you do about it?

 

Heavy Periods – Why Might You Have Them?

Fibroids

They are tough old non- cancerous lumps that grow in the uterus. They can grow pretty big – up to the size of a grapefruit or small melon.

There are different kinds; “types” depend on where they are growing inside you.

They can cause constant bleeding and heavy periods.

They start up when there is too much oestrogen in your system.  Fibroids shrink at menopause when oestrogen reduces.

Fibroids are diagnosed after ultrasound tests by doctors.

Polyps are also non cancerous growths in the womb or neck of the cervix and they can make bleeding heavier.

Enlarged Uterus

When there’s to much oestrogen in your system, your uterus can grow too. Without enough progesterone to balance it, the uterus doesn’t have the right signals to stop growing.

In some cases, your enlarged uterus presses on other organs, like your bladder and digestive organs.  It’s uncomfortable and can result in heavy periods.

Diagnosed Conditions Endometriosis/ PCOS/ PID

Some conditions can make menstrual bleeding heavier.

Endometriosis – where small pieces of the womb lining are found outside the womb – can lead to heavier bleeding. But it’s much more likely to lead to painful periods than heavy periods.

PCOS is a syndrome where the ovaries become cystic i.e.with follicles that adhere to the ovaries. It can lead to heavier bleeding.

PID or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which is an infection, can lead to heavy periods.

Low Thyroid

Low thyroid function can cause heavier bleeding. If you suspect this, some other common signs to look out for are tiredness, constipation, feeling cold and hair and skin changes. Low thyroid is connected to oestrogen excess.

Weight Gain

This isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Fat cells produce oestrogen. That’s in addition to the oestrogen produced by the ovaries.

The more oestrogen, the more the uterus grows a blood-rich lining and the heavier the bleeding.

Yes, it’s all about oestrogen in excess again. Which leads me to …

Oestrogen Excess

Oestrogen excess means to much oestrogen – it could mean high levels of oestrogen or just low levels of progesterone to balance it out.

Too much oestrogen leads to all kinds of symptoms including:-

Bloating

Blood sugar imbalance

Mood swings

Sore boobs

Insomnia

Tiredness

Low sex drive

Infertility

Hair loss

Copper excess (it’s a vital trace element but too much can spell trouble) and magnesium deficiency

Endometriosis

Headaches

Thyroid issues

Weight gain

PMS

Fibroids

Thrush and yeast infections

Any of these sound familiar?   It’s quite common in 30s and 40s women, especially.

 

Heavy Periods – What To Do About Them

So if you have heavy periods what can you do?

 

Get A Diagnosis

Speak with your doctor first. They can do blood tests for hormone levels and ultrasound scans to look at your uterus.

Please be aware that blood test for hormones show what was circulating in your blood when the sample was taken. It doesn’t show what happens over a month.  If you want that, check out hormone test by saliva samples.

The thyroid blood tests here in the UK are also not a full work up, so some problems are not necessarily revealed by tests.

Your doctor might suggest hormonal contraceptives for heaving bleeding. They might suggest drugs to help stop or reduce bleeding. They might suggest progesterone implants.  They might suggest a hysterectomy i.e. taking your uterus out.  The typical UK options are outlined here.

Of course, it’s your choice. Please just think about the risk and side effects as well as any benefits, before making up your mind. Especially if you’re still planning on children and want to establish a healthy, regular, fertile cycle.

Personally, I suggest trying natural means first and seeing what difference that makes.

 

Love Up Your Liver

The liver is the body’s detoxer. That includes any old hormones that we don’t need. If you have too much oestrogen pumping round, you want to get it out of your system pronto.

Find out how to Love Your Liver in this blog.

 

Ditch The Hormone Harming Chemicals

They are E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E.

The tech term is xenoestrogens. They disrupt our hormones due to pretending to be oestrogens. And we don’t want to add to the oestrogen burden. They can be found in plastics, cosmetics, household products, industrial products and more.

Switch to natural products, as much as you possibly can.

 

Eat A Hormone Friendly Diet

Eat for health, hormones and happiness! Good diet is the cornerstone of hormone health, it really is. You can get the very basics in this blog.

Fibre is important for getting rid of the excess oestrogen through your bowel.

Some sources recommend that women with oestrogen in excess are careful about eating too many foods that mimic oestrogen. They are called phytoestrogens.

Personally, I’d suggest not eating too much soy – most of it is processed and refined. Watch out for the words “soy isolate” and “soya protein isolate” on labels. Most of it is also GMO. If you do choose soy, make sure it’s organic and fermented. Eat phytoestrogens like beans, chickpeas , lentils and flaxseed as part of a varied diet.

 

Manage Your Weight

Lose excess weight in a healthy, gradual way by eating a hormone friendly diet.  (see above).  You can also exercise to manage weight  – mix it up a little. Include some strength training as well as aerobic exercise and activities that improve flexibility, breathing and relaxation like yoga or qi gong.  Those are good for stress busting too…

 

Reduce Stress

Because stress has an influence on nutrition. Yes sirree. It can deplete us of nutrients. It also impacts general health and hormone health. And it can lead to adrenal stress.

Examine sources of stress and work out of you can avoid or reduce them.  If you can’t avoid them find coping strategies for relaxation, stress busting and rest. Perhaps think about yoga, mindfulness or meditation.

 

Check Out Your Copper

You did that read properly.

Copper is an essential trace element in the body, but too much spells trouble. Copper levels have a relationship with oestrogen levels.  If you have high oestrogen, you may have high copper

High copper can lead to low zinc in the body and low zinc can lead to hair loss, poor appetite, low immunity and trouble getting pregnant.

I have clients check out their mineral level with hair mineral tests.   If you have high copper you should identify and reduce any possible sources like copper pans, copper pipes, contraceptive pills, fertility drugs, some IUDs, algicides in some swimming pools.

You can help get rid of excess copper by supplementation to boost other nutrients and remove the excess copper safely, over time.

 

Check Out and Boost Iron

If you have heavy periods and you’re bleeding heavily and regularly, you may have developed deficiency in iron.  Your doctor can do blood tests for that.  Symptoms include feeling tired, sore tongue, headaches, shortness of breath and dizziness.

If you need supplements, buy the best you can afford.  Sadly, the ones prescribed by doctors here in the UK are usually poor quality ferrous/iron sulphate. It’s not easy to absorb and can cause constipation.

Take your iron alongside Vitamin C and away from other supplements.

 

Trying all of these natural strategies over time, should see some improvements.  AND protect your delicate hormone system and future fertility.  It’s well worth a try before resulting to drugs or surgery, right?

Love, Kathy x

 

 

Self-Care For Period Pain

Self-Care For Period Pain

Self-Care For Period Pain.

Period pain.  No laughing matter.  And painful periods can happen in puberty, pre-menopause and ANY other time. Most women who get pain have it just before and as the flow starts. Others can be crippled with pain throughout the whole period.

Really, no laughing matter.   It can take over your life for those few days each month. And affect your ability to do normal things, like go to work.

 

Common Symptoms of Period Pain

It’s not just the gut wrenching, cramping pain, Oh no.

It’s the diarrhoea.

And the sickness and vomitting.

Hot and clammy feelings.

Don’t even start about the headaches.

Or the dizziness.

And the feelings of being physically drained.

 

Conventional Treatment for Period Pain

It’s usually painkillers to relax muscles.  I’ve often seen clients who have been prescribed the contraceptive pill.

But not every woman wants drug therapy or they want to help relieve the pain by themselves. So, what else can you do to help yourself?

 

Self-Help For Period Pain

TENS Machine

This is drug free way of dealing with pain.   You apply pads to the painful site and the machine works by low level electrical stimulation to block or reduce pain.  Pain messages are slowed or blocked to the brain.

Ditch Caffeine

Yes, the coffee, tea, cola AND chocolate.

Caffeine worsens muscle tension and pain sensitivity.  You have been warned 😉

Get Moving

Get your heart, circulation and breathing going through exercise. Aerobic exercise releases feel good chemicals which support pain relief and make us feel calmer and more positive.   Even a pretty brisk walk could help.

Warm Yourself

Soak yourself in warm water in the bath.  You can add a few drops of lavender and chamomile essential oils as they are relaxing. Or apply a warm water bottle or heat pad to your abdomen or back to help soothe pain.

Try Herbal Tea

A blend of chamomile and lemon balm or lemon verbena soothes stress and may help relax tense muscles.

Visit A Complementary Therapist

In my clinic, I use a combination of diet and lifestyle measures, homeopathy and herbal tinctures to support women with painful periods.

TOP TIP – I often suggest the Tissue Salt called “Mag Phos” which aims to relax muscles. You can check that out here.  Start with a 4g dispenser of 6x potency and take 3 pills 3-4 times daily during period pain.

 

Love, Kathy x

 

10 Signs Of Adrenal Fatigue And What To Do About It

10 Signs Of Adrenal Fatigue And What To Do About It.

10 Signs of Adrenal Fatigue and What To Do About It

 

10 Signs Of Adrenal Fatigue and What TO Do About It.

Hey lady, I recognise YOU.

Yes, YOU.

You’re the partner/mother/friend/worker/helper/student/carer/cook/cleaner/taxi driver/party-animal/hostess-with-the-mostess/*pile on MORE here*.

You’re busy. Super efficient. Zipping here and popping there. Always giving. Hardly ever complaining.

You ARE Superwomen…pants over the tights and everything.

And YOU are EXHAUSTED. STRESSED.

Too busy to look after yourself, huh?

It’s only a bit of weight gain.  Sure, it’s normal to be a bit forgetful once you’re in your 30s or more, right?  You’re not really a sugar-addict. 

You’re FINE (Fecked Up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional? )

Let’s just check that you’re not TOO stressed. Let’s take a look at your adrenal glands.

Let’s look for signs of adrenal fatigue.

 

A Lickedy-Spit UNBORING Biology Lesson

If you’ve been busy and stressed for a long time, your poor old bod has been flat out. Flat out producing hormones like cortisol (the stress hormone) and other “up” hormones.

Your poor adrenals have been flat out.  Two glands that look like squished apricots.  They sit on top of your kidneys.

Adrenals give out hormones that affect energy, blood chemistry and more.

Adrenals are also important to our reactions to stress.

Speeding up our heart rate. Raising blood pressure. Narrowing blood vessels. Boosting blood sugar.

ALL so that we can do the fight or flight thing.  If a Woolly Mammoth was going to eat us.  Mother Nature designed us so that we could be ready when danger was near.

 

Woolly Mammoths

BUT I’ve had similar feelings.  When I was responsible for millions of pounds, hundreds of people and important projects with looming deadlines.  A “danger” that never went away.

And when such dangers are constant, our bodies are in “fear” mode all the time.  Our hormones are haywire.  We risk adrenal fatigue.  Mine got zonked.

Constant stress causes high levels of the stress hormone cortisol too.  Cortisol helps balance blood sugar.  It regulates inflammation in the body. It’s important for how our cells and muscles work.

But you can have too much of a good thing.

High cortisol can lead to weight gain, forgetfulness, sugar cravings, dry skin and much more.  Sound familiar?

And over time, the delicate balance gets out of whack.

When adrenal hormones get out of whack, other hormones can get out of whack.  It can affect your cycle, fertility, thyroid function and much more.

So how do you know when you have adrenal fatigue?

 

10 Possible Signs Of Adrenal Fatigue

These are common signs and symptoms:-

 

  • Constant tiredness, especially after exercise (if you can be bothered).  Or even trying to get out of bed.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Low metabolism and/or low thyroid.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Low immune system and catching coughs, colds and ‘flu.
  • Irregular periods with sore/lumpy breasts.  Also lack of ovulation and difficulty falling pregnant. 
  • Allergies and/or asthma.
  • Depression. 
  • Trouble handling stress and coping with life. 
  • Dark patches, freckles and darkening of the skin. 

If you have any or all of the signs, see your Doctor. They will be able to help diagnose with tests.

But what can you do to help yourself?

Self Care For Adrenal Fatigue

AVOID LIKE A PLAGUE

  • More stress, obvs.
  • Stimulants – yes please quit the caffeine…coffee, tea, chocolate, caffeinated drinks. And cut back on the booze.
  • Sugar and refined carbs because they send your blood sugar, energy and moods on a rollercoaster.
  • Processed foods, non-organic meats and dairy – basically avoid chemicals, added hormones and GMO.

WHAT TO DO

  • Manage stress and busy-ness. Get support or help. Exercise. Meditate. Get creative. Grab “me time”. Do whatever it takes.
  • Get enough rest and sleep.  They are not the same thing.  BOTH are important.
  • Eat for nutrition. Plenty of veggies and fruits, good fats, good quality protein, complex carbs. And stay well hydrated.
  • Take the best quality multivitamin and mineral complex you can afford. You get what you pay for. See a nutritional therapist for specific advice to you.

 

Lovely lady, if ANY of this sounds like you, STOP. Right now. You’re not fine, you’re F.I.N.E

Speak with your Doctor for a diagnosis and start with some super self-care. Today.

Love, Kathy x

Help! I’m Too Young For Menopause

Help! I’m Too Young For Menopause.

Too young for menopause

 

I get it. You’re Flirty 30s or Naughty 40s.

You ARE young.

Heck, you haven’t reached your prime.

You are F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S.

Maybe you’re still planning kids or to add to your family.

The word “menopause” is for MUCH more mature women.  You have YEARS to go until you need to worry about all that shizzle.

It’s the sort of thing your Mum and Aunts should be worrying about.  Facial hair, Tena Lady and sweating buckets.  ‘Coz that’s what happens?

Right?

I regularly get mails from women in their 30s and early 40s with the general theme “I’m too young for menopause, aren’t I?”.

Yet they’re suffering sweats, snarkiness and cycle problems.  Or they’re getting tubbier, tetchy and tired.

By the way, menopause is when your periods stop and have stopped for a year or more. This happens because your egg reserve has reduced, you stop ovulating and your ovaries produce less oestrogen.

 

So what DO I say to all those  women, who are suffering unwanted symptoms, but are “too young for menopause “?

I say…

1. KEEP CALM – YOU ARE FABULOUS

Life stage or age only determines how FABULOUS you are if you let it.  One of my MOST sensational and sassy friends is 60 this year – looks about 40 and acts about 20.  I hope she’s reading this!  Brownie points for me.

Love yourself at every stage and age.  I feel blessed to be *ahem* maturing (I’m 48 years young as I’m writing this) .  Not everyone gets to experience growing older disgracefully.

 

2. NOT ALL HORMONAL SYMPTOMS ARE DOWN TO MENOPAUSE

Simples. Not ALL hormonal symptoms are signs of menopause.  SIGN UP for my FREE report for the skinny on 10 Surprising Signs of Haywire Hormones.

If you’re in your 30s and 40s and “hormonal” there could be many explanations for hormone imbalance.

And symptoms that CAN be due to haywire hormones, aren’t always due to haywire hormones.

For example, hot flushes can happen for lots of reasons.  Take a look at this blog for some other causes of hot flushes.

Speak with your doctor if symptoms persist, get worse or worry you.  They can also run blood tests to help identify issues.

 

3. NEVER “GO COMPARE”

Each woman is unique and special.  I strongly believe in treating all my lovely ladies that way.

What’s “normal” for you may not be the same for your girl friends and female rellies.  And you may still be fine and dandy.

It’s not always a good idea to compare health and hormone notes over cocktails!  You can end up feeling freaky when you’re so not that. ‘Nuff said

 

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Which leads me nicely to …

 

4. KNOW YOUR STUFF

I’m always surprised when some girls don’t know so much about women’s bodies, cycles, fertility or menopause.

Menopause is most usual in your late 40s to early 50s.  Average UK age is 51 apparently.

But it CAN happen earlier or later.  So  even if you think you’re too young for menopause, it might be creeping up on you anyway. And you can lessen symptoms with diet, lifestyle and self-care.  See point 7.

Start clue-ing up early about menopause – forewarned is forearmed and all that.

There are also A LOT of myths out there.  Like a woman’s cycle should be 28 days. And we’re all going to get hot flushes. Stuff, fluff and nonsense.  Check out these common menopause myths.

 

5. IS IT A (HOT) FLASH IN THE PAN?

Women’s bodies and hormones are changing all the time.

Changes can also be related to diet, lifestyle, modern life, illnesses and more.  For example, many of my VIP clients notice their cycles get screwed up by stress.  And when the stress goes, their cycle goes back to normal for them.

So I’m saying, don’t panic at the first hot flush you ever have or if you ONCE put the kettle in the fridge and the milk on the worktop – that’s not just me, right? It could just be a “one off”.

If changes persist, get worse or worry you, see your doctor.  But I said that already.

 

6. TAKE ACTION … ESPECIALLY IF YOU STILL WANT BABIES

Any potential hormone problem should be tackled for general good health, wellbeing and happiness.  It’s a no-brainer.

If you’re hoping to have a child or more children, don’t put off tests.  This is EVEN MORE important if you’re a woman aged 36 or above and have been trying to have a baby for 6 months or more.

Natural fertility does reduce with age, girls.

 

7. LIVE A HORMONE FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE

My best piece of advice for ANY women and EVERY woman is this …

LIVE A HORMONE FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE. ALWAYS. 

It’s make it all easier – puberty, monthly cycles, conception, pregnancy and childbirth, sex, menopause… love, life, health and happiness in general.

 

So to the lovely 30s lady who wrote to me recently “I’ve been suffering for a while with sweating, horrible mood swings etc. I’m desperate to do something to help my symptoms….particularly my moods/emotions – before the kids leave home to get away from me!”  this blog is for YOU.

And lots of other gorgeous “I’m too young for menopause” girls just like you.

I’m here for you all.  Keep watching the blog and Facebook page for new articles each week on how to help your hormones, the natural way.

Love, Kathy x

PMS – 10 Tips For Relieving Symptoms Naturally

PMS – 10 Top Tips For Relieving Symptoms Naturally.

PMS - 10 Tips For Relieving Symptoms Naturally

 

Cramps, cravings, crankiness?

Sore boobs, spots and poor sleep?

When these signs happen before your period is due, you could be suffering PMS.  Pre Menstrual Syndrome.

PMS affects about 40% of menstruating women. Yikes.  That’s A LOT.

That goes up to 70% if you factor in breast changes during the cycle.  Double yikes.

If you’re a sufferer, you are NOT ALONE. Many women are suffering.

Some women are only affected mildly. For some the changes can be dramatic.

But whether you’re at the Teary and Weary of the scale or turned into full on Bitch Troll From Hell by PMS, it’s awful.

It’s embarrassing. It can affect everyday life and work. It can affect your relationships with your partner and family.  It can lead to depression. It’s likely to happen every month.

It’s all the subject of many a joke, but it’s no laughing matter.

So what’s PMS and what are the symptoms? And how can we help ourselves at home to find relief from the aches, pains and other signs?

 

What is PMS?

It’s basically a long list of over a hundred really unpleasant symptoms that can occur in some women before their period comes. Noone is certain what causes it, exactly.

Some experts think it’s connected with the drop in progesterone in relation to oestrogen that happens as part of a woman’s cycle.

It’s commonly accepted that lifestyle choices can make symptoms better or worse.

 

Symptoms of PMS

There are over one hundred symptoms associated with PMS. Most common symptoms include :-

  • Mood swings
  • Tiredness
  • Fluid retention
  • Food cravings
  • Cramping pains
  • Headaches
  • Skin breakouts
  • Poor sleep
  • Breast tenderness
  • Thrush
  • Loose bowels

 

Some women only experience a couple of these. Some get most.  And EVERY MONTH.  Hardly a barrel of laughs.

Conventional treatments usually focus on pain relief and reducing blood loss. In some cases, women are offered artificial hormones.

All meds have possible side effects – at very least they deplete women of nutrients over time.  That can trigger other symptoms.  And that might lead to even more meds.

Possible vicious cycle.

Please think about any drugs – what they’re made from, how they were tested and on whom, what the side effects might be, whether you will need to take them long term and what the options you have before resorting to taking them. Then decide for yourself.   It’s your choice.

 

10 Top Tips for Relieving PMS Symptoms Naturally

Here are my top ten tips for PMS self-care.

 

1. Balance blood sugar to balance mood swings and energy. It might also reduce cravings. Eat good quality protein with each meal and snack. Avoid sugar. Eat regularly. No skipping meals.

 

2. The phytoestrogens in beans, soy and flaxseeds can help relieve breast pain. Take a look at my blog on Why Women Should Love Beans for more info.

 

3. Avoid foods and drinks that are thought to aggravate symptoms – coffee, tea, alcohol, fizzy drinks, fatty foods, salty snacks.

 

4. Take plenty of essential fatty acids in the form of oily fish (salmon, mackerel etc) and flax seeds/oil to help balance hormones.

 

5. Take a walk outside – research in the US suggests walking boosts serotonin (the feel-good hormone) which helps lift the blues.

 

6. Try herbal teas – dandelion can help fluid balance, lemon verbena can support headaches, peppermint or fennel can help with digestive issues.  And in plenty of plain filtered water to beat fluid retention. 

 

7. Avoid constipation and sluggish digestion, so your body rids itself of old hormones. This can support better hormone balance.

 

8. Soothe your mood by burning essential oils in a diffuser/burner – take one tablespoon of a carrier oil like sweet almond and add 3 drops of fennel, 3 drops geranium, 4 drops of grapefruit. It smells a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

 

9. A hot water bottle on your tummy or lower back can help relieve cramping pain.  Or take a warm bath. 

 

10. Take the Tissue Salt Magnesium Phosphoricum when period pain strikes. Tissue Salts are micro-doses of the 12 essential minerals your body needs to repair and maintain itself. The are safe and gentle. Contact me if you’re not sure where to get some.

Do consult a qualified therapist for homeopathic remedies or herbs or supplements that may help your specific symptoms.   There are quite a few – including some blends and combinations – I have used with great results with my VIP clients.

 

Give them a go and let me know how you get on.  It’s worth trying these before opting for medications.

If you are really concerned about your symptoms, see your Doctor for advice.

 

Love, Kathy x