By Leah Harter, LCMHC, Clinical Counseling Director of CCPC
Menopause and perimenopause are two terms that I don’t believe are talked about often enough in society. When the topic has come up with family members or others younger than 45, I have often noticed a feeling of awkwardness that comes over the conversation. Perhaps images of irrational women having hot flashes or who are emotionally unstable come to most people’s minds.
This has led me to want to destigmatize and better understand menopause with its symptoms and struggles and to find a way to normalize it as a natural part of a woman’s life progression. We created a seminar this winter that addresses the physical and psychological impacts of menopause on a woman’s life. We invited Dr. Anne Procyk, a naturopathic physician and the founder of Third Stone Integrative Health Center, to join me and Nicole Vobora, ACMHC to our discussion. In the seminar we covered:
- What a healthy, happy transition through menopause feels like
- Drug-free solutions for the most distressing problems of menopause, including hot flashes, moodiness, sleep problems, and belly fat
- 3 things you can start doing now to improve your hormones before, during, and after menopause
- Specific tools to help your anxiety, depression, and phase of life changes
One of the things I learned specifically during this seminar from Dr. Procyk is that having protein with every meal and using supplements like magnesium and melatonin can improve sleep quality, which has been one of my most challenging perimenopausal symptoms.
For more worthwhile tips on having a healthy transition to menopause, consider purchasing the seminar recording here. All proceeds will be used for bringing similar psycho-educational seminars and training opportunities to the community.
What other participants said about this seminar:
“It was so validating to know I am not alone.”
“Dr. Anne’s lifestyle and supplement suggestions helped me be less in denial about this very natural process of aging as a woman.”
“I especially enjoyed the doctor discussing how to approach hormones in the body (not just looking at one hormone, but the complete picture).”