There’s a widely and long-held belief that women’s bodies are problematic, that painful periods, bloating, acne, unexplained and unwanted weight gain, erratic mood swings, low sex drives, lack of orgasm, and even infertility, are part and parcel of being a woman.
There’s another persistent belief that women over 35 are past the childbearing age, and are often considered “geriatric” in medical settings in addition to being ignored, mistreated, and outright discriminated against.
These myths are preventing women from enjoying their bodies, trusting their intuition and living their best lives.
Much of what we know and understand about women’s reproductive health comes from a male-centered and dominated medical space that has never really considered women’s unique biology and physiology in the history of medicine and scientific studies. And yet we continue to put our complete trust in a system that doesn’t fully comprehend women’s bodies, and doesn’t want to. When women are liberated from the social conditioning keeping them from living the fullest versions of themselves, they trade mood swings, PMS, painful periods, and infertility for increased libido, juiciness, and vitality.
I’m Melissa Danielle, and I show self-driven women over 35 how to become the wildest and juiciest versions of themselves.
To be clear, I’m not against medicine and science. Medicine has its place, and science teaches us so much about the world around us. But there has to be a balance, and that can only happen when women feel safe to express their concerns, are listened to, and are encouraged to trust their inner wisdom. I offer women informed choice through carefully screened and tested resources, tools, and recommendations which they can use to empower themselves and facilitate healing.
PMS & Period Pain Relief
You may have heard that “periods aren’t medically necessary”. Well that’s true — if you’re taking hormonal birth control. Otherwise, your period is one of your body’s vital signs of overall health. PMS and period pain is your womb’s way of telling you that something is out of balance in your diet, mental and emotional states, and lifestyle. When you identify the cause, you can correct the imbalance. I recommend Fertile Womb Lifestyle’s 5 Tips for Period Pain Relief and Happy Yoni Herb Blend Tea, and Lara Briden’s The Period Repair Manual for every woman who wants to understand and rebalance her period.
PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal imbalance with an ill-fitted name that affects thousands of women in the childbearing year. The symptoms vary based on the cause, but women with this disorder typically experience disrupted menstrual cycles and infertility. If you’re trying to conceive, you can go the medical route and get treated by an endocrinologist or fertility specialist, who will treat your symptoms with prescription medication and/or invasive treatments such as IVF.
If you’d like to understand the the underlying cause of PCOS and how to address it naturally, I can help. PCOS has several underlying causes, but I primarily support women with who have androgen excess (accompanied by insulin resistance). To learn more about PCOS, start here.
Preconception Health & Pregnancy
If you’re over 35, you’ve probably heard that women your age are more likely to have trouble conceiving, and experience higher incidences of miscarriage or birth defects when you do, because your eggs are “old”. But is this true? I believe that when we stop taking care of ourselves, when we stop being curious about life and what turns us on, when we are just going through the motions, that is how we age.
If you’re trying to conceive and want to prepare your body naturally for conception and overall health through diet and lifestyle, I invite you to schedule a clarity call with Cathyann Ellison of Fertile Womb Lifestyle or sign up for Tara McCann’s 14-Day Fertility Challenge.
If you live in Hawaii and would like support throughout your conception, pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, click here to learn about my doula services. If you’d like to learn how you can make informed and empowered choices during your birth, click here to view my recommendations for childbirth education. I also offer holistic postpartum planning and support online and in person.
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