When most of us think about menopause, the first thing that comes to mind are those dreaded hot flashes. You know how one minute, everything is going just fine, but then, it’s like your inner heat formed into hands and leaped from out of nowhere and attacked you. Keep in mind, the weather had nothing to do with the heat. And you find yourself in a fight, struggling to cool off, but no matter what you do, the heat is winning. What’s funny is everybody around you is looking and asking, “What’s wrong with her.” They see you fanning, irritable, antsy, and they just shake their heads. Then, there’s a voice from another women who says, “I can relate. I know just what you’re going through.” You both laugh, and now, the hot flashes are over. As fast as they came, they are gone, and you are back to normal. Of course, there are other symptoms for menopause, but hot flashes are the most recognizable.
Unfortunately, no one really talks about menopause. In fact, I’m going through it right now and I have so many questions. I’m so glad Gwendolyn has decided to break it down for us.
Gwendolyn S. Woody is a Licensed Practical Nurse, Diabetes Health and Wellness Coach, Yoga Instructor, Author, and Speaker. Her passion for diabetes began when her mother was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic, and after having 17 of her family members succumb to diabetes and its comorbidities. Gwendolyn has been awarded the ACHI Magazine Award for Health and Fitness. In addition, she has received mention in the Afro American Newspaper for Women’s History Month. Also, she has received other notable mentions for her community service and work. Additionally, Gwen assists people with learning to advocate for their health, and to create better health and wellness skills with affordability, sustainability, and obtainability. Furthermore, she engages in community health and wellness projects, speaking engagements, panel sessions, podcast, and more to reach and teach people about healthier lifestyles.
Finally, as a Diabetes Health and Wellness Coach, Gwen coaches people virtually, which meets the needs of her client base. She provides education, motivation based on the 8 facets of life, and she helps people form action plans with mind mapping and motivational interviewing.
Currently, she is working on two projects to serve the needs of people with diabetes. Gwen is the owner of The Wellness Loft, LLC, which houses Wellness WERKS 8, The Resume Café 8, and The LPN Business Guide.
Article submitted by: Gwendolyn Woody
To be a woman is to be celebrated in the highest fashion because we have the ability to carry life within us.
During the month of May, we are celebrated with Mother’s Day and Women’s Health Week. What an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and our bodies. One topic very close to my heart is menopause, yes that liberating crazy and daunting phase of your life when you step out of one part of your Womanhood and become Womanness with all greatness. Menopause is not talked about much. The very fact that billions of women exist and go through this process, we should know more about it.
The term menopause is described by the changes a woman goes through either just before or after she stops menstruating, marking the end of her reproductive period. Menopause is more than just the end of your reproductive period; the process of menopause consists of hormonal changes, shifts in weight, hot flashes, emotional ups and downs, and a feeling of “this is me.”
Hormonal changes are brought on by our ovaries not producing enough follicle stimulating and luteinizing hormones. These hormones regulate our natural estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which affects our health for years to come. As a result, we can experience mood swings, hot flashes, memory loss, increased risk for cardiovascular disease, low bone density, osteoporosis, dry skin, wrinkles, urinary tract infections, vaginal dryness, and last but not least, diabetes.
With that said, some physicians offer HRT, hormone replacement therapy, but it may not be appropriate for you or me. HRT is made of a pregnant mare’s (horse) urine, and a plant chemical, which is extracted from yams. What we need to know about HRT are the complications in which your physician or pharmacist may not tell you. Even though HRT is meant to assist women with menopause symptoms, it may not be compatible with our bodies.
Complications you may experience from HRT may be, but are not limited to:
- Mood changes
- Nausea (upset stomach)
- Possible breast cancer
- Possible endometrial cancer
- Possible weight gain
- Swelling of abdomen, hands, or feet
- Swollen breasts and breast tenderness
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS: www.menopause.org) list holistic practices to help you and me through menopause. Here are simple steps to help create a better menopause experience:
- Watch your thoughts
- Make time for yourself
- Stay connected
- Consume whole foods
- Invite supplements into your nutritional regimen
- Be positive
As a Nurse and a Diabetes Health & Wellness Coach, I have found that people are fearful of asking their medical staff questions that could save their lives. I am here to encourage you to stand tall and be beautiful in your Womanness and ask questions. It is important not to accept just any answers given. You want to live your life to the fullest and menopause should not be to your detriment, but an increase in your well-being and wellness. Live and Be Well.
Gwendolyn S. Woody, LPN
The Wellness Loft, LLC
Wellness WERKS 8
The Resume Café 8
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