I intend to create safe, open spaces to talk about women’s health issues and foster healing, supportive environments. So that women feel they have somewhere to turn for guidance and encouragement as they navigate the healthcare system and life’s challenges.
As a woman who has personally experienced the healing power of food and lifestyle design to recover from a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and years of hormonal imbalance, I am very passionate about female empowerment in our healthcare system. Recently, I have begun working with women struggling with hormonal imbalances to take charge of their own health through a holistic approach. In my opinion, women have been silenced and conditioned to feel shame about their bodies, their femininity, and their hormonal/reproductive health for far too long. It’s very important to me to begin building a community of positive support, sharing my story, and encouraging other women to be open about their health and hormonal struggles.
It can be so confusing and frustrating to understand hormonal imbalance and reproductive conditions. Most general practitioners just don’t have the time or specialized knowledge to give women with hormonal imbalances and conditions such as PCOS the individualized support that they need. Typically, the Western medical treatment is a one-size-fits-all approach focusing on prescription drugs, hormone replacement therapy, and invasive surgical procedures. It’s a system that focuses on symptom management, rather than addressing the underlying causes of symptoms and working to heal those imbalances holistically.
I am not just approaching this topic from a well-researched yet detached perspective, but rather from an intimately personal experience. I know how it feels to leave a doctor in tears, feeling patronized, not getting my questions answered, and not receiving treatment recommendations that respect my personal health wishes (ex. my desire to never go back on the birth control pill). I’ve been in that position multiple times with multiple doctors, and I know how painful and utterly frustrating it is to feel as though you’re not being heard and that you have no options.
I believe that addressing hormonal imbalances from a dietary and lifestyle approach can be an optimal way to heal, and that it should be the starting point for everyone before considering medical interventions. I have personally experienced the incredible healing benefits of a holistic approach through my own journey with PCOS and hormonal imbalance. This is not to say that I don’t appreciate that there is a time and a place for the medical system and conventional treatment approaches. Each woman will have a completely unique healing journey that may include a combination of multiple approaches and/or practitioners. But I suggest that we start first with the areas of our lives that are in our control, adjusting our diets and lifestyles to support our body’s natural desire to be in a state of optimal health. I suggest that we support every woman in accessing healthcare services that respect her body and her rights to make informed decisions about her health.