A while ago I wrote a post about the beginning of my journey towards hormonal wellness. Many of you wrote to me about how much it resonated with you and how much you could relate to the things I was going through. How great is it to be talking about these issues openly! The more I learn the more I feel like there just needs to be so much more discussion about hormonal wellness and getting back to the roots of our femininity.
On that note, I thought it would be good for me to give an update on how all of this holistic transformation has been going for me. I am my own test subject, after all!
When I got off the Pill in December, it was after about eight months of exploring, freaking out, and searching desperately for a solution to my hormonal issues. It started in April when I received an incredibly powerful Reiki session that was focused specifically on the disconnect I was feeling from myself as a woman, healing past traumas, and reconnecting with my physical body now. At the time I had NO interest in becoming a women’s wellness coach and I had no idea what that even meant. But this Reiki session completely altered the path of my life, as you can see! I have recently begun my own Reiki training so that I can be a vessel of this profound and sacred energy healing to others.
Shortly after that first Reiki session, I had an abnormal Pap smear (TMI??) with pre-cancerous cells. Woah. It freaked me out, mostly because I had no idea what to do and all my doctor told me was to make sure I came back and got another test the following year. Super helpful, huh.
Over the next months, the hormonal issues I talked about in this post began to really become clear to me and really began to interfere with my life. The rest is history, I took charge of my fertility, changed my diet and lifestyle, and began to embrace my health and my woman-ness in a whole new way.
But did all the greens, supplements, and holistic mojo work? All that temping and charting and tracking cervical mucous stuff?
Ladies, it TOTALLY did. I’m in cycle 8 post-pill and my cycles have become regular, my temps are consistent, and my cycles are almost synced with the moon! Last cycle I barely had any PMS and I went from vomiting from my painful cramping to having completely manageable periods. AND, as I know you are dying to know, my last Pap was totally normal.
This was all the result of discovering what my body needs in order to hum along like it was created to. And accomplishing all of this in eight months is actually really good compared with what some women deal with coming off the Pill. A lot of that, according to what Nat Kringoudis said to me when I spoke with her right as I was coming off, has to do with how much cleaning-up I had already done with my diet and lifestyle BEFORE coming off the Pill. I didn’t know it at the time, but when I was changing my diet and having that remarkable Reiki session back in April of 2013, I was really preparing for coming off the Pill and opening up this whole level of self-expression as a woman.
All this to say, ladies, this stuff really works! I used myself as my own experiment subject, and without a doubt, the whole process of healing my hormones really taught me so much about myself. For the first time I began to acknowledge my own woman-hood, which seems obvious but I had never really connected with myself as a feminine being before. Not in a woo-woo way, just considering that being a woman might be more than just having a vagina! It turns out that this kind of inquiry is really important to authentic self-discovery and this can open up and facilitate a lot of creative and spiritual growth in the world! And this is the crux of my work now, to help women with the very physical, tangible process of becoming a healthier woman, so that they can remove the barriers to becoming their most vibrant, productive selves doing the powerful work that they are meant to do in the world.