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Responsibility it literally means to respond with ability. Are you responding to your body’s needs with ability at the moment?

Do you even know what those needs are? Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what it is that you need right now? I’m not talking about more sleep, a wee or hot bubble bath I’m talking about actual symptoms that are present in your body at this given moment. Have you checked in with those recently?

Painful sex, having to get up in the middle of the night to change sanitary wear, crippling cramps, nausea, headaches, irritable mood, bleeding every 2 weeks, anaemic, no energy, depression, anxiety, passing large clots, feeling faint and dizzy, cravings, emotional, bloating, tiredness, upset stomach, needing to take pain relief, sciatica, lower back ache, dragging feeling inside, wanting to rip your partners head off, night sweats, tummy ache, brain fog, acne, spots, heavy bleeding, ovulation pain, shooting pains in your legs/pelvis/back to name a few I bet there are more you could add.

When I talk about hormones and cycles most women glaze over and think it’s something they don’t need to worry about until they hit the menopause. The thing is your endocrine system which controls all the hormones in your body is a pretty sensitive collaboration, and it works desperately hard to keep us in balance despite the deluge of crap we keep pouring on, in and surrounding ourselves with.

The paradigm that we live in at present is that periods are meant to be painful and that taking hormones will help. Keep up with the painkillers to mask your symptoms and everything will be just fine.

It’s utter bullshit.

All contraceptive hormones and HRT included are endocrine disrupters, they don’t even give you proper periods, they just create a red discharge that we think is a period just to make it feel like we aren’t changing anything in our bodies. We pop pills without question about what it is doing to our bodies, and most likely you will need to take something else to combat the side effects of what you are taking in the first place.

Synthetic hormones leech almost all vitamins and minerals out of your system, making a compromised body even more vulnerable.

I would say that 99% of women have too much oestrogen flying around their bodies, when this gets really out of hand we see the likes of endo, PCOS and fibroids take hold in a women’s body. Even if you don’t have one of these fuckers of a disease I haven’t met a women yet that doesn’t have some sort of symptom around her cycle. Not one and that right there breaks my heart because I know it can be so different.

I feel I might get a look that similar to someone proclaiming they had a pain free birth when I say I have no pain with my periods. I’m not saying it to boast or make anyone else feel rubbish, I keep wanging on about it because if I can then so can you, it’s you bloody birth right for fuck sake.

It didn’t just happen though, I went though no mans land with my GPs, when I didn’t find what I was looking for there I got creative – there is always another way. I had been on the pill for 10 years and my body was sick of it, migraines brought it to an end thankfully because you know the risk of a stroke is quite high. I couldn’t tolerate the mini pill so I just stopped taking it.

The fog I had been under lifted and I suddenly saw for the first time how much the pill had clouded my judgements, my cycle was all over the place I didn’t really know what was normal for me at all. Once it was all out of my system I never wanted it to be back in there EVER.

When my cycle was back into some sort of normal, I knew it wasn’t right it could be anywhere from 23 to 36 days I never knew when it would arrive. It was heavy painful and generally I took painkillers and soldered on. I found sex to be uncomfortable on some occasions, and then one day I collapsed while I was out with my husband and was rushed to hospital. I was misdiagnosed with kidney stones at the time as I now know that was the ovarian cyst, but I wouldn’t find that out for another 10 years.

So with so many failed attempts at getting things sorted I felt a bit lost. I started on my own holistic journey by training in massage, I don’t know why I did it really but the universe gave me a shove and off I went. This then opened up all the doors of where I am today just following the leads and with that all the study and learning about my own body has led me to confidently know I am the best person to sort myself out. That’s’ not to say I have done it alone, oh no I have reached out to herbalist’s, naturopath’s, nutritionists, therapists, reiki healers, hypnotherapists, Mizan practitioners, massage therapists, personal trainers and read anything I can get my hands on. It has taken a team of people to get me back on my feet again, but it all started because I wanted to take responsibility for my body.

All this changed my life and now I want to pay it forward by helping other women like myself to get themselves back on their feet again and be the best they can be. If you are interested in taking that first step then I would love to chat with you and see how I can help get you back in flow.