EP 160: Second Spring – Discernment, Intuition, and Healing During Perimenopause and Menopause with Kate Codrington


In this episode, Kimberly and Kate discuss navigating the physical, spiritual, and lifestyle changes of perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. They discuss the negative associations with perimenopause and menopause based on culture that condition us to view of these life cycles unfavorably. They also discuss parenting during these stages, tending to symptoms with curiosity and kindness, and using the pulls inward to bloom into seasons of second springs and second summers of life. Perimenopause and menopause can be powerful times of tending to ourselves more kindly, reintegrating and healing ourselves from previous life stages, and harnessing the power of intuition and discernment.



Kate Codrington is a menstrual and menopause mentor, speaker, workshop facilitator, writer, podcaster and former therapist for nearly 30 years. She is also an artist currently weaving textiles, words, story and stitch. Her first book Second Spring: the self-care guide to menopause is published by HarperCollins and she also has a variety of offerings such as yoga nidra, online classes, and more.


What She Shares:

Identifying the perimenopause phase

Cultural anxieties around menopause

Defining perimenopause and menopause

Parenting while transitioning

Tending to extreme symptoms

Superpowers of menopause


What You’ll Hear:


Cultural anxieties surrounding peri-menopause

Gaining weight and losing elasticity during perimenopause

Facing mortality through menopause

Peri-menopause time to examine and let go to life that doesn’t serve us

Shedding before moving into new phase of life

Culture making menopausal women invisible contributing to anxiety

Healthcare uninformed generally around menopause

Perimenopause defined as “around menopause”

Symptoms are changes in menstruation from what is normal

More desire to be alone

Health costs to amount of working leading up to menopause

Perimenopause time ranges between months to many years

Negative connotations associated with “postpartum” and “menopause”

Interfering versus accepting peri-menopause and menopause

Parenting during perimenopause

Stages of menopause in relation to seasons and cycles

Oxytocin encouraging sociality in direct conflict with need to withdraw during menopause

Guilt over feelings of needing alone time while parenting

Enormous call of turning inward

Meeting conflict of needing alone time while parenting

Differences of rhythms and slowness within family systems

Changes in relationship to sex during peri-menopause and menopause

Embracing physical changes in vaginal tissue

Staying close to pleasure, safety, and kindness sexually

Endless variations of sexuality and meeting the moment

Post-menopause as “another country”

Reconnecting and reintegrating with former teenage self

Disorientation during losing cycles of menstruation

Ritual, journaling, honoring loss and grief

Being tender and sweet with ourselves moment by moment

Call for attention and kindness

Severe symptoms calling for attention and kindness for treatment

Menopausal super-powers of discernment, intuition, and spirituality

Second spring and second summer of life postmenopause



Website: https://www.katecodrington.co.uk/

IG: @kate_codrington

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