Clare Shepherd, Nutritional Therapist in Sheffield + Menopause Health Coach.
No woman should be expected to struggle through menopause, uncertain and fearful of what is happening to her body and mind.
During my 30’s I saw 7 doctors over a 7 year period with an increasing number of physical and emotional symptoms, including severe stomach pains. Each time I was dismissed or offered a drug to treat just one of those symptoms.
I felt I was losing my identity, that there was no-one to talk to who could help or understand what was truly happening to me. I was feeling fearful and so alone.
A chance meeting with a friend, who happened to be an acupuncturist, suggested I may be going through an early menopause. Really? The word wasn’t even in my vocabulary! Consulting a private endocrinologist I discovered that I was indeed well into the peri-menopause transition, and investigations with a gynaecologist confirmed I had severe endometriosis with the dramatic result of a full hysterectomy age just 39.
It was such a relief to know what was happening to me, and that there was a solution. I welcomed the hysterectomy, and the HRT patch that gave me my life back for the following 12 years.
Yet I was convinced that I’d contributed towards my hormonal imbalance due to poor diet and lifestyle, and vowed to find out how I could live my best life when I came off the HRT.
I explored many paths, studied a number of therapies including naturopathic nutrition, and always came back to the belief that appropriate nutrition for this time of life is essential.