Featuring: Dr Aviva Romm's self care tips to thrive in the chaos, a MUST- quiz for those of you out there with heavy periods, and Dr Northrup with some help for our libidos!
Two minutes into this blog post I got goose pimples and knew I HAD to share with my community. Why? It describes beautifully how SO MANY of you are feeling, day in day out, and why you are finally reaching out for help. Before the pandemic, we were already facing an epidemic of anxiety, depression, overwhelm and burnout.
Believe me, I see it EVERY single day of my working life. And I hear you. Life today is busy at the best of times then COVID came along and threw home schooling, remote working, isolation and lockdowns into the mix. Eeeeeek!
My patients often say 'I don't have time for self-care'. And this is from AMAZING, huge-hearted women who would do ANYTHING for their friends and family, whilst working full-time, cooking healthy meals from scratch and running their kids to school and clubs all throughout the week.
I love how Dr Romm describes her view of self-care "Taking care of myself is a radical act of rebellion against a world that's threatening to destroy our very basic well-being!"
I try to make my patients recognise how taking care of themselves is absolutely NOT selfish, more it is self-LESS as it enables them to go on to take care of all the other important things in their busy lives without the damaging effects of raised cortisol or adrenaline coursing through their bloodstream!
Read on for how small self-care steps can help us build the resilience we all need to survive and thrive in our crayzee busy world!
As a self-confessed hormone geek, I get to ask people about their periods all day. And let me tell you, they vary ENORMOUSLY, in terms of length of flow, heaviness of flow, pattern of flow (slow, fast, slow or otherwise) and in terms of blood quality (colour, consistency, stringiness, clot presence etc). And that is without even going into the pain side of things which is equally unique to each individual. According to Dr Lara Briden, a normal amount of blood to lose is around 80mls, whereas some women lose up to 500mls, yep, that's right, HALF A LITRE of blood loss per period! Any wonder these women are feeling slightly less than their best!? If you're wondering where YOU sit on the heavy period spectrum, you'll find this quiz a quick and useful yardstick.
While it is a common misconception that sexual desire and activity inevitably decrease at menopause, this does not have to be true for YOU! This interesting article by board certified Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Northrup, discusses the 10 most common midlife sexual function changes AND how to keep your libido up during the perimenopause transition. The great thing about all of these suggestions is that only two of them actually cost anything (yay for free stuff you can try!) and I offer both: namely ingesting phyto-oestrogens via your diet/ herbal medicines OR getting a comprehensive hormone panel done via DUTCH test (dried urine test for comprehensive hormones) to see whats REALLY going on in terms of your unique hormonal picture. Do book in for a FREE Discovery Call via my website if you wish to discuss either of these options further in relation to your own libido and/or vaginal dryness issues