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Taurine has appeared in my periphery everywhere recently and after stopping to take a deeper look, it really has become my new favourite “Little Black Dress” when it comes to targeted health for women.
That is to say, while it’s nice to frock up in a new outfit every now and again, you have to love that perfect little number you go back to time and time again that covers all bases…
Back in my student days, I recall only two seminars that have really stuck with me to this day. One was seeing the genius women’s health advocate Ruth Trickey talk all things women’s endocrinology which blew my mind and forged my resolve to work in women’s health. The other, bizarrely, was one on perimenopause and menopausal endocrinology.
Bizarrely because at that stage, I was thinking menopause was too far in the future and not an area that held much interest for me when there were so many other things to learn about like PCOS and PMS and endometriosis (oh my!)
But this particular lecture had me hooked. Because for the first time, it taught me how intrinsic the adrenals were in the management of perimenopause. And it also taught me that women were different to men. And as such, we need to be treated differently that we had historically been treated.
Perimenopause is the transitional period...
So your ovaries have finally decided to look at retirement over the next few years and to celebrate, they’ve let you know with a never-ending sweat-party of hot flashes.
Hot flashes are one of the first markers of the period of peri … that time in-between regularly functioning hormone production and your ovaries putting their feet up for good.
Unsure if this is you? Take a look at Perimenopause Mayhem to find out!
And this should be a good time! A great time!! Because it is the time of the wise woman. A time when we generally become more of who we are.
I think of our cycling years as mini-growth spurts each month. Whether that growth spurt sprouts into a baby or not, it is the surge of egg from follicle; of oestrogen and LH in the follicular cycle; of progesterone in the luteal. It is the proliferation of endometrial cells and the release of endometrial lining that serves as a constant reminder of our years of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual “argy...
I am seeing a lot of women in clinic with non-classical, low thyroid function pathology. And I mean about 80% of them, my own included. And the pattern is this…
In typical low thyroid function (or hypothyroid), the TSH (the thyroid stimulating hormone that is the whip to tell the thyroid to pick it up princess) will be raised, and T4/T3 (the hormone that’s sleeping on the job) will be low.
But I was getting very curious over this alternate pattern of sleeping hormones and low whip. What was the thyroid doing? Why wasn’t the whip whipping? Had the whole thing gone to sleep?
Now, there are a pile of things which spring off this topic in what is going on and why, but I want to get to the crux of my brain-cell explosion this week and this is it:
I have friends who have been all over the modern day feminist forefront for years. Take my school friend Paula – an inspiring drama teacher, gender equality activist, high school presenter/speaker, mum to 2 girls and women’s empowerment advocate at the helm of Questions for You, whose campaign to boycott Brisbane-based Wicked Campers and their sexist and perversely degrading graffiti-covered camper vans hit mainstream media, from the Triple J Hack program, The Project and Cosmopolitan Magazine all the way to The Senate.
Then there’s my friend Sue Muller of Smile Chickie fame. Sue offers a supportive FB membership group, inspiring and encouraging women to be authentic, vulnerable and without-BS. The masks are off, the swear jar was tossed into the recycling bin long ago and women are free to be themselves. Along with a combo of Secret Superhero Rings and Unstoppable Necklaces crafted by the creative talents of Celeste De Matteis who I met in Florence last year...
It’s funny how some assume drugs are stronger, better, more awesome than some woosy “natural” medicine. But thanks to research, there’s some great news on the PCOS treatment front using natural medicine – equal if not better efficacy than generally prescribed medications with the added bonus of fewer side effects.
For the 20% of women diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), most will have heard of Metformin, the insulin-sensitising drug most commonly prescribed for PCOS treatment.
For women suffering PCOS, it can be a rocky road of irregular cycles, infertility, acne and increased facial/body hair, weight gain and insulin resistance. And the standard drugs of choice for PCOS treatment are Metformin and the oral contraceptive pill (OCP).
If you’ve been enduring fatigue, heavy periods and the fear of flooding for far too long, it’s time you investigated what your body is trying to tell you.
Menorrhagia, a fancy term for heavy periods, is defined by a blood loss of more than 80 mls across your period. As Lara Briden explains in her book The Period Repair Manual, 80 mls equates to 16 fully soaked regular tampons or 8 fully soaked super tampons over your entire period. So if you’re changing your super tampon every 1-2 hours and/or wearing double protection of a pad with a cup or tampon and still feeling unsafe, your flow is heavy!
There are a number of reasons that should be investigated further. Some of the most common reasons are below: