In traditional Earth-based societies, menopause was considered an auspicious time in a woman’s life. Cute haircuts for little girls with medium hair The changeover from the monthly cycle to the retention of the “wise blood” indicated that a woman was ready to assume her full feminine power. Unfortunately, menopause is essentially treated as an illness in western society, and there is a great deal of secrecy and shame surrounding the process. Instead of being encouraged to step into our power at this time in our lives, we are urged to run to the doctor for estrogen replacement therapy with the first signs of menopause. Is it any wonder? Just think what would happen if we were encouraged to step into our power as we grow older and wiser, instead of being subdued by artificial hormones! There are, of course, certain discomforts associated with menopause, just as there are with menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and lactation. There are also some natural steps we can take to ease these discomforts without masking or denying the experience or the power of menopause.
In physical terms, menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle. Whether we are conscious of it or not, our adult bodies have been focusing on the exigencies of procreation up until this point. The physical changes that occur during this phase of a woman’s life can be quite marked. One of the main changes is that the reduction of hormones during menopause can affect the moisture-retaining capacity of the skin and vaginal tissue. This can lead to dryness and thinning of the skin and vaginal walls, conditions that can be treated with emollient oils or creams. Menopausal discomforts can also be greatly reduced or avoided if appropriate lifestyle choices are made with regard to diet, exercise and sleep. See Resources for further information.