The Great Change for Women
are only one of three creatures we know about who experience menopause, the
other two being killer whales and short-finned pilot whales. All other animals
reproduce until they die. A reason postulated for why reproduction is
sacrificed in this way is called ‘The Grandmother Hypothesis’ which suggests
that older females forgo the option to bear more children so they can help
their children and grandchildren to survive and thrive
Humans are only one of three creatures we know about who experience menopause, the other two being killer whales and short-finned pilot whales. All other animals reproduce until they die. A reason postulated for why reproduction is sacrificed in this way is called ‘The Grandmother Hypothesis’ which suggests that older females forgo the option to bear more children so they can help their children and grandchildren to survive and thrive
The menopause represents an opportunity for a fresh start, to age consciously, to lead and guide as an elder, and to approach life from one's own unique perspective (not predetermined by other people's expectations). This is a time of spiritual liberation and awakening, a transit into one's higher self, and a re-birth as women into the wise-woman phase of life.
I believe there is a need for more awareness, understanding, honouring and respect for women entering menopause. We need safe spaces to experience whatever arises, all of the emotions, to listen to our bodies, and learn some very important lessons for personal growth that will act as an anchor for future generations. We need to take time out during this transition to heal old wounds we might have buried along the way, and to reflect on who we have been, who we are becoming and how we can best serve and steer our communities towards a better way of living armed with all the wisdom we have accumulated.
It is entirely up to us whether we choose to see 'menopausal symptoms' as a form of suffering (to be endured or suppressed), or whether we see this time as an opportunity for cleansing and maturation.
Of course, when the body’s natural healing energy becomes stuck, a homeopathic remedy can be given. The similar energy of the remedy acts as the catalyst to get the body’s own forces going again, enabling the natural healing process to continue to repair, renew and recover.
Some 'go to' homeopathic remedies that occur quite frequently at this time are Sepia, Phos Acid, Lachesis, Calc Carb, Folliculinum and Pulsatilla. However, homeopathy works most effectively and completely when it is individualised and administered by a skilled homeopath who clearly perceives what is underlying and needs to be cured.
There are many more things women can do naturally that can help manage symptoms. Nutritional support, exercise, meditation practice, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other therapies can help support, nourish and heal the body during this time of change.
A study* worth noting regarding the efficacy of homeopathy as a treatment at this time, compared the effect of individualised homoeopathic treatment with conventional fluoxetine (Prozac) treatment in 133 women with moderate to severe menopausal symptoms.
*Macías-Cortés EdC, Llanes-González L, Aguilar-Faisal L, Asbun-Bojalil J (2015) Individualized Homeopathic Treatment and Fluoxetine for Moderate to Severe Depression in Peri- and Postmenopausal Women (HOMDEP-MENOP Study): A Randomized, Double-Dummy, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118440. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0118440