Is Menopause a Mean Bitch? Or is Hormone Imbalance the Sultress?

Holy Hormones Journal:

Queen BitchTwo very interesting article appeared in The Huffington Post this past week.  The first – Menopause is a Bitch starts out with the opening paragraph –

Menopause is a bitch and I believe that any woman who states otherwise is lying. I have heard of these legendary women that go through menopause without a single symptom, but I believe they are like bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster; tales told to keep menopausal women thinking it is all in our heads.”



Mitzi – made this comment:

“Menopause is a mean bitch, no doubt. Gettin older ain’t for cowards – that’s for sure. I had a hysterectomy at 51 because my periods were going crazy. Instead of winding down, they were winding up – lasting 10-14 days every 2 weeks. All the symptoms included. It sucked so bad I just wanted it over. Having a hysterectomy will put you in immediate full blown menopause. You are naturally in menopause after ONE FULL YEAR without a period, not 6 months. Anything before a year of period free is Peri-menopause. I was put on estrogen pills right after surgery and the pills caused too many “surges” of normal and a whole lot of dry surges where it wasn’t working. Anxiety attacks, flashes, anger, weight gain, fatigue, forgetfulness. Just shoot me now. I couldn’t afford the bio stuff on my budget. My gyno put me on the patch – Vivelle Dot. It is awesome. The hot flashes only happen now when I am upset, anxious or nervous about something. Anxiety, anger, fatigue and forgetfulness straightened out to a manageable level. Still fat, but working on it. I would suggest you read some books. There are a bunch of them out there with a lot of suggestions on how to handle all these side effects. My Mom is 84 and still has hot flashes…..I am doomed. I am 54 and have been dealing with it for over 3 years now. I haven’t killed anyone yet :)”

I would like to go on record as saying – ‘menopause is not a bitch’  it is a natural phase that women enter in their mid 40’s to 60’s that represents the ending of our reproductive lives.  Menopause is a powerful time.  And as a colleague of mine was discussing today – when women are in menopause they ‘birth’ in a different way; projects, new businesses, ideas, concepts, visions.

So what is the bitch?  Hormone imbalance.  I think we need to look at what has been done to our bodies before we play right into the trap that menopause is a sickness that needs to be treated. That is the type of thinking that is a bitch.

And hormone imbalance occurs at any age – and it is  bitch at any age. Younger and younger women are entering menopause due to excess estrogen, toxins crossing the blood brain barrier – (watch this video narrated by a physician in Australia, Dr. Deidre Little about how the HPV vaccine, Gardasil is causing pre-mature menopause in teen girls.) Now that is a bitch.

The second article, Male Menopause — Fact Or Fiction? also raised my eyebrows – as well as my radio show guest on Thursday, September 19, Jedirritable-male-syndromeDiamond, PhD., author of  The Irritable Male Syndrome. Ironically, as Jed was posting his comment to this article, countering the author; I was posting my comment to the article referring to menopause (countering the author.)

Let’s get real here.  What we are talking about is hormone imbalance… and just like addiction, this neuro-chemical imbalance knows no gender, economics or educational level. Hormone imbalance is a breakdown in the chemical messengers and their neurotransmitters that are causing irrational behaviors.  Add synthetic hormones to that mix, or psychotropic drugs, like the Navy shooter, Aaron Alexis who was being treated for his medication conditions with psychiatric drugs.

Do either men or women want to act in anger, rage, mania, tears? No. Many of us have yet to understand the power of  hormones. Menopause, andropause, manopause, PMS, PPD, PPD, addiction. All neuro- chemical imbalances.

NeuroScience Inc. posted this great article yesterday entitled: It’s all in your head: The neurocircuitry of addiction

Did you know that addictive drugs and normal learned behaviors stimulate the same neural pathways?  As such, the neurological reward and emotional sense of pleasure associated with the achievement of normal biological cues are also stimulated by addictive drugs.  The difference between the two is that drugs cause a much higher degree of neuronal pathway stimulation and neurotransmitter release.  This flood of neurotransmitters causes prolonged changes in the brains’ neurocircuitry responsible for sensing satisfaction and reward; and appears to play a key role in addiction.

Interesting to note, I will be interviewing Dr. Hyla Cass, nationally acclaimed innovator and expert in the fields of integrative medicine, psychiatry, and addiction recovery next week on Holy Hormones Honey!on VoiceAmerica.

We need to all understand that that neuro-chemical imbalances are due to a mis-firing of the neurotransmitters in the frontal lobe of the brain. Genetics, environmental toxins, lack of nutrition targeted to the brain are all the culprits. Add in synthetic hormone steroids – with dose of SSRi’s and we’ve got trouble. And that trouble is affecting our professional and personal relationships – especially those we love and cherish.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.