I’ve had hormone problems almost as long as I can remember. As a twelve year old girl, my periods were floods that cause me to miss school and limit my activities. Then as a teenager, the cramping was bad enough to leave me curled in a ball on my floor, just wishing the pain would go away. I knew my friends didn’t go through all of this, but I also knew a lot of the women in my family did, so I just assumed it was normal for me.
Things didn’t get any better as I got older. I knew something was up in college when I gained twenty pounds out of the blue and couldn’t lose it, no matter how hard I exercised and how little I ate. I had pain in my ovaries every month, acne all over my face, and felt fatigue that I couldn’t shake. My doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me. Their answer was that some women just have to deal with all of this and the only solution they could offer me was the pill. It was the only treatment offered and I was desperate to feel better. I took it.
Fast forward 15 years and four kids later. I had been on and off the pill for years in between kids, tried an IUD unsuccessfully, and was beginning to feel fed up with having to take a pill to manage my period symptoms. I decided to go off. My symptoms came back once again, but this time I decided there had to be a better way to deal with them. I wanted to get to the root of the problem and solve it for good, not just put a bandaid on it. I was tired of believing that this was just part of being a woman.
I’m not going to lie, it was not a quick process to get my hormones, and my body, back in balance. But I learned that there are so many options and ways to heal, that it’s possible to address the root problem and not just cover up the symptoms, and that even though it takes time, it’s not always complicated to get your body functioning well. Maybe even more importantly, I’ve learned to honor my body and her wisdom rather than despising it. I recognize my body’s strength and beauty instead of seeing myself as weak or broken. I see being a woman as a gift rather than a curse. I’ve learned so much and picked up so many tools along my journey, and I am so excited to be able to share them with you! If anything in my story speaks to you, reach out and let’s explore how we can do more together!