It’s a well kept secret that millions of women are feeling isolated and scared at the time of the perimenopause and perimenopause. There is an overwhelming consensus among them that menopause signals the end of life as they knew it; feeling like an alien has taken possession of their mind and body. It seems that there are millions of ‘sisters’ around the world walking around in the middle of the night, unable to sleep and experiencing similar symptoms simultaneously. There are in excess of 13 million women going through the menopause in the UK and by the year 2020 it is estimated that there will be 50 million in the US alone. Almost three-quarters of women report symptoms of hot flushes or night sweats and often experience them for a decade or longer unless they learn how to switch them off.
It makes me feel angry and frustrated that women are left to suffer as I know from twenty-five years of clinical experience that there are workable researched based tools available to overcome symptoms completely. As a result, I felt called to tell women everywhere that they no longer need to suffer at this life stage, but instead they can learn how to reclaim their wellbeing naturally.
Nine weeks ago I set up the Facebook Group Midlife Switch so there would be a place where women would could get quality information and support. Since then 600,000 women have watched my Facebook Live films talking about overcoming symptoms naturally at midlife and I have been inundated with horror stories from almost 4000 women going through the perimenopause and menopause. Many of them are at their wits end, unable to sleep, dripping from perspiration, aching from head to toe, with very low energy levels, dried out sore vaginal tissue, zero libido and feeling like they are ninety instead of forty or fifty something.
It seems completely unfair to me that women of a certain age are heading for misery unless they are armed with sufficient knowledge to do a U turn. The information and tools to parachute out of the dark hole and reclaim all things lost, including libido, self-esteem and your waistline, is out there. Doctors and nurses are not armed with sufficient knowledge to advise on anything much other than HRT or antidepressants; neither of which are ideal or optimum for the long-term. Added to that, conflicting advice and information overload on the World Wide Web often make it incredibly difficult to know where to start, and who to believe.
I often ask myself the question why women don’t expect more help as they claw their way through the perimenopause and menopause. Why is it that so many of us accept midlife to be the end of life as they knew it and assume it’s all part of being a woman? It’s a time when huge numbers of women seem to be mourning the loss of themselves. Instead of all things familiar, normality is replaced by fear, despair and a dread of seeing the eyes and shape of a stranger looking back from the reflection in the mirror. It can be very frightening and incredibly isolating; what happens to us is sometimes even too personal to discuss with our best friends.
In so many areas of life women are smart, savvy, straight talking problem solvers, but when it comes to their own health, mainly because of inadequate knowledge, they seem to roll over and become victims of their life stage.
The programme pioneered by my team at the Natural Health Advisory Service has helped literally tens of thousands of women all over the world. I can put my hand on my heart and say there is no need to suffer alone or to be conned into taking something that isn’t what it says on the packet. Women can so easily overcome their debilitating symptoms at the time of the menopause and reclaim their wellbeing.
Having been so moved by their suffering, I am gearing up to take thousands of menopausal women on a recovery journey to reclaim their wellbeing. I worked around the clock to finish my new book Beat Menopause the Natural Way which is accompanied by Get Fit for Midlife, a film that outlines how to implement the programme. I am now also providing ninety- minute workshops called 3 Mammoth Myths at Midlife, so that women can find out how to overcome their debilitating symptoms without having to resort to either hormones or drugs.
If you happen to be one of those women who live in dread of certain aspects of your midlife journey, you should know that I have observed the majority of patients who have been through our programme regain their zest for life, get back into good physical shape with improved self-esteem, become symptom free and often end up feeling better about themselves than they can ever remember.
There is simply no need to feel bad when you can simply feel so good. Midlife Switch is already making a huge difference to women’s lives. For a start they no longer feel isolated or like they are going mad and that counts for a great deal. You are most welcome to join us as I take Midlife Switch members on a journey to overcome their symptoms and reclaim their wellbeing.