November 19, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

PRESENTED BY | Shelia Gracey, CCH. . .

The many phases in a woman’s life are unique, exciting, each leading us to the next juncture. Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life, a continuation of our journey on this planet. We are entering the Wisdom years. The culture of the USA is not the easiest for a woman during this change. It is often treated as a disease, an illness that needs treatment. Instead of being supported, we are often told that we need “fixing”. Facelifts, hair dye and hormone therapy are suggested to keep us looking younger, to stay healthy, to be sexy. We are changing, transforming into the Wise Woman and should be supported as such during this time.

Perimenopause actually means “near the end of menses”.   Duration of perimenopause varies, starting at 40 to 58 with the average being 51. It can last from 4 to 8 years before Menopause (cessation of menses). The female body was created with all hormones necessary to navigate this change. It is best to enter perimenopause physically and emotionally healthy. If the body and spirit have been supported and nourished symptoms can be minimal or altogether absent. Studies have shown that Mayan, Japanese, Danish, Swedish and Nordic women have less if any symptoms while women in the USA, UK, France have numerous symptoms. In cultures that honor the wise woman, the symptoms are less. Symptoms seem to increase in societies that see a menopausal woman as old and useless. Other factors that vary in these cultures are diet (fresh vs processed), movement, spirituality, connection to source and stress.

The symptoms that are usually associated with Menopause are in fact a part of perimenopause, that stage before cessation of menses. One way to understand all the things you are feeling is to think of it as puberty in reverse. Hormone levels are changing, they are in constant flux. Ovulation is sporadic because there are fewer functioning follicles (what holds our eggs in the ovary). Menses sometimes skip a month; other months bleeding is abnormally heavy. Estrogen levels can be high, then low, Progesterone levels drop, FH & LSH surge. Cortisol can be constantly elevated level due to a stressful lifestyle. The body begins to change, and it can be hard to accept.

Many of us have made lifestyle choices that cause this change to be challenging, even overwhelming. Poor nutrition, lack of exercise, loss of connection to spirit and stress are a just few. Symptoms include hot flashes, raging emotions, menstrual irregularities (often with excessive bleeding), fatigue, PMS, changes in libido, changes in pelvic health, insomnia, brain fog. This is the time to support our bodies and spirit. These symptoms are our body’s way of getting our attention, telling us something. It’s very important to stop and listen.

During this class we will discuss what’s happening hormonally, cultural differences as well as three of the more common symptoms, hot flashes, mood/anxiety and libido. Vitalist Therapeutics that help navigate this passage will be examined. We will be sampling some herbal formulas and there will be a special take-home gift.

[The content of this blogs does not necessarily represent or express the views of CSCH.]

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DATE & TIME | Tuesday, November 19, 2019 • 5:30-7:30 pm
CSCH, 424 E. Simpson Street, Lafayette, CO
Suggested donation: $10.00


  1. Resources: “The Wisdom of Menopause” by Christine Northrup, MD; “Menopause & Hormone Book” by Dr Susan Love;

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