Who ARE you and what have you done with ME?

If you’re a male, you may want to skip this.  You may want to skip it if you’re a female.  I wish I could skip it.  Not really.

Yarb Woman, Cornell Plantations

So I’ve noticed this angry, emotional me coming out recently that I REALLY DO NOT LIKE.  And finally, recently, when I was supposed to get my ‘monthly’ and it came for one quick second and left, and I didn’t feel the wonderful surge of estrogen flowing through my body, I just paid really close attention to my body for a week.  Well, when I started crying my eyes out Sunday night over two stupid things and I couldn’t stop until a friend of mine just happened to call and I kept crying to him and he didn’t know wtf to do, except to tell me to go to bed and sleep good, I realized it was time to take action.  So I called my Mom, and she confirmed that emotions are all over the place and that feeling like a wreck due to hormones is what happens, and that I needed to read about it and take care of it.  And being a Master of Herbology, being taught by some great herbalists, I reached out to some of my herbal instructors and this is what one of them has to say:

Menopause & What To Do About It

“In the clinic, the first thing I reached for was my Female Formula. Just one of the ways my Female Formula helps is by creating better communication between the hypothalamus and the pituitary in the brain and the ovaries. Consequently, it helps your body to slowly reduce your hormone levels during menopause, over a period of time instead of the BIG CRASH.”

— Dr. Schulze
I have his FEM + formula in the house for PMS, so I’ve started taking that, and what a difference it makes already.  This and making SURE I get to the gym at least four times a week, and getting the extraordinary amount of sleep that I seem to require right now, will also help.  Loving my Mom, loving my herbs, loving my instructors Dr. Schulze and David Christopher, and soon to be loving ME again.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liza Lee Miller
    Mar 02, 2010 @ 23:53:59

    I am so glad you are feeling better and taking action. I had noticed you seeming blue a lot lately. I’ve been there . . . blue and unsure what to do about it. Like you, I had to pull myself and figure it out. I hope you continue to feel better and better and better!


  2. Jayne
    Mar 03, 2010 @ 07:33:58

    ((((Pam)))) So glad you have found something that has helped. I will keep it in mind for when my little ovaries start to peter out.


  3. Pam
    Mar 03, 2010 @ 08:51:50

    Thanks Liza! This isn’t easy, but I *will* get there!! Got other stuff going on that’s getting to me, too. Everything *will* get fixed and soon.

    Thanks Jayne! It’s not over with yet, hormones are still screwed up, but eventually. . .


  4. RuthieJ
    Mar 03, 2010 @ 10:22:03

    ((((BIG HUG)))) to you Pam,
    I feel your pain too……and this never-ending winter doesn’t help things at all! I’m glad you’re taking charge of your life and body in a positive and healthy way. Hang in there!


  5. Susan Gets Native
    Mar 04, 2010 @ 14:35:20

    If it makes you feel any better, menopause technically lasts only a day. It’s the day that you have gone a full year without a period.
    That said, it’s the getting to a full year that sucks so much.
    I’m approaching the “peri” stage and not real excited about it.
    I noticed your blueness…hope my insanities can help make you laugh occasionally.


  6. Tay
    Mar 30, 2010 @ 11:57:22

    Susan, I don’t know about that. My mother still gets hot flashes from time to time, but hasn’t had a period in more than a year. I think I’ve been in “peri” for over a year myself, but who knows anymore.


  7. Pam
    Mar 30, 2010 @ 12:05:17

    Thanks RuthieJ!
    Susan, you ALWAYS make me laugh – I can’t wait to meet you IRL!
    Tay – this is all so funky – I don’t know what I’m in and not in.


  8. Cathy
    Mar 30, 2010 @ 20:14:14

    Honey. Hang in there. I hope you continue to feel better. It’s been more than 10 years since I went through the change. Lord. It’s pretty tough.

    But you do have choices. That’s the great thing. And it sounds like you’ve got a good plan.


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