Piper Rose and I explore how perimenopause is a unique opportunity of self-inquiry for women, non-binary menstruators and menstruating men, in order to live a more authentic life and embrace their body and personal experience.
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Warning: This episode is potentially activating to your nervous system, so please make sure that you are in a good space to absorb the information and have a soothing practice at hand that you can turn to, should your nervous system react!
(Peri)menopause – even though often treated as a disease and the “end of your life” – is usually thought of as a “women’s domain”. But they’re not the only ones experiencing this important transition in life.
And non-binary menstruators and menstruating men don’t necessarily feel comfortable in those spaces or resonate with the identity-centered experiences of “menopausal women”, so they naturally experience a tension and constriction that invites them into a deeper inquiry to examine what the experience means to them.
In today’s episode my friend and peer Piper Rose and I focus on this Rite of Passage as an opportunity to get clear on one’s values and embrace one’s body and unique human experience.
We dive into:
- Why queer folks and non-binary menstruators may be better equipped for a more easeful perimenopause transition
- The flitting mosquitoes of patriarchy that incite fear in women and menstruating folks alike
- The powerful questions women, non-binary menstruators and menstruating men get to ask themselves when they come into (peri)menopause
- How identity isn’t fixed, but rather something that gets to shift and morph and evolve throughout one’s life
- The importance of personal values in making sense of one’s experience
- Why transformation and change are scary, but a huge opportunity for something better than your wildest dreams
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Piper Rose (they/them) is a NeuroSomatic Relationship and Intimacy Coach, licenced hypnotherapist and transformative ritualist. They are dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ, Poly and Kink communities. Their mission: break cycled of reactive behaviour stemming from complex trauma, attachment wounding, and ADHD to transmute pain into a path of agency, joy and unshakable self-trust.
Find out more about Piper and their work on their WEBSITE or on Instagram.
If you want to learn more about the powerful changes on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level that a menstruating body goes through during perimenopause, my mini course “Happy, Healthy, (W)Holy Menopause” (that once was a slow summit) might be what you need to dip your toes in.
Full transparency: My summit speakers were all women and more familiar with the experience as a perimenopausal woman. Nonetheless, I think that there’s immense value in what they had to share and offer, but if you’re a non-binary menstruator or menstruating man, you might have to tweak their ideas of community from “women’s circles” to “your chosen family/community”.
And if you want support through challenging life transitions, your Dark Night of the Soul, that is aimed and providing a riverbed for your own wisdom to come through, learn more about my Soul-based Coaching offering “True to You” here.