I treated a lady client recently and asked, ‘How long is your monthly cycle?’ She replied she wasn’t sure, but that she was regular!. “How do you know that you are regular?” I asked. She looked quizzical and replied, ‘Well I have a period every month, I think, and it seems regular’. ‘Do you suffer from any pre-menstrual symptoms or other problems?’ I asked – ‘no, not really’ she replied.
On further discussion, it transpired that she actually didn’t know her regularity, didn’t know the length of her bleed and actually suffered from several symptoms of pre-menstrual tension (PMT) about the third week in and, she is not alone!
Thus we seem to casually accept all hormonal upsets as completely normal! How often do we (and others around us) comment on an emotional outburst or painful cramps as ‘Oh its just the time of the month’ or ‘Its just my hormones’ as if these are perfectly normal statements and acceptable behavioural patterns.
Why do we brush over it, why do we think its normal, or acceptable?
Why do we assume that there is nothing we can do about it?
It seems completely bonkers to me, at age 47 and with approximately 32 years hormonal experience under my belt, that no one has really ever offered the whole hormonal explanation (apart from professionally I mean) despite experiencing various pill incompatibilities, a lumpectomy and the removal of an overly sized uterine fibroid some years ago!… Perhaps if they had, then I may have avoided the latter two!
So, why talk about them? Because they play a very major part in our well-being both physically and emotionally and they are ‘performing’, as it were, for some 40 years or so on our well-being ‘stage’!… time to take the final curtain methinks!