In the Moment - - Contents - KIRSTIE DUHIG Edi­tor

Re­cently, in con­ver­sa­tion with a group of lovely women who I don’t know very well (our shared bond be­ing wait­ing for our chil­dren to fin­ish var­i­ous sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties) but with whom I look for­ward to chat­ting each week, the topic turned to hor­mones. As we each shared our monthly ups, downs and some­times very downs, we were sur­prised to learn how sim­i­lar our ex­pe­ri­ences were. We shared sto­ries; we shared ad­vice. We felt com­forted to know that we were not alone.

Af­ter­wards, it struck me how crazy it is that we don’t have these con­ver­sa­tions more of­ten. And while I’d al­ways thought I’d lis­tened to and looked af­ter my body, there was so much more about our hor­monal phases to know.

In our hor­monal health spe­cial this is­sue (page 29), we asked three ex­perts for their ad­vice on how best to care for our­selves dur­ing key hor­monal phases we can ex­pe­ri­ence in our life­time: pe­ri­ods, preg­nancy and the menopause. “When our hor­mones are bal­anced, it’s like the har­mo­nious sound of a grace­ful Vi­en­nese waltz,” writes nu­tri­tion­ist An­gelique Pana­gos. “Yet, when they are in chaos – as they of­ten are for many of us, whether we’re aware of it or not – it’s more like hav­ing to lis­ten to a flat ren­di­tion of the hokey cokey.” The good news is, there’s so much we can do to bal­ance our hor­mones nat­u­rally, to help us feel happy and healthy at ev­ery stage of our lives – with­out shak­ing any pineap­ples.

And if, like me, your hor­mones some­times seem to be the boss of you, I urge you to share your ex­pe­ri­ences with an em­pa­thetic ear – it re­ally does help.

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