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Your Time to Shine

Your time to shine

The other evening I was invited to give a talk on the menopause to approximately 30 women.

After introducing myself I wanted to know how they regarded the menopause so I asked for a show of hands of those who viewed it negatively and those that embraced it?   I wasn’t surprised to discover that almost everyone in the room viewed it as a negative experience and stage of their life.

This is hardly surprising if we consider the symptoms that women experience when they are going through this stage of their life. There are a whole host of symptoms that will be thrown at us as our bodies adjust to the fluctuating hormones.

Thankfully not everyone will experience them but people usually report experiencing at least one or two of the symptoms such as hot flushes, anxieties, mood swings, digestive disturbances, insomnia, feeling bloated, weight gain, migraines/headaches and even memory loss/brain fog.

Then we also have the emotional side of the menopause and some of the things I regularly hear are:-

“I keep thinking back to when I was young and newly married” – this is normally around the time when children are fleeing the nest.

“I feel like there’s no one to talk to” – they might feel they no longer have anything in common with their partner.

“I really can’t face getting out of bed in the morning” – they might feel it’s the end of the road for them.

“I feel tearful and alone” – the house feels empty.

“I feel old, unattractive and afraid my husband will go off me” – fear of ageing.

All these negative thoughts and emotions can start to affect people’s lives and people can find themselves in a downward spiral.

I really enjoy encouraging and inspiring women to look at this chapter in their life as new and exciting.  It’s a time to start looking forward, it’s a new dawn and your time to shine.   Time to rediscover who you are, do the things that you never had time to do before the kids came along, e.g. take dance classes, cookery classes, meet up with friends, get to know your partner again, in fact anything that takes your fancy.

I have a toolbox of over 3,000 homeopathic remedies to use and love supporting women who are going through the menopause.   If you would like to find out more about how I can help you using homeopathy which is a safe , gentle and non-toxic form of medicine please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat.

It really is your time to shine.

Feel good for the whole month

PMS
I can get so angry before my period

“I go through a rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from tearfulness jealousy, depression, irritability and rage”.      These are words I frequently hear from women I treat and who experience pre-menstrual syndrome “PMS”.

After a few months of treatment they happily report back and say  “I hardly notice any symptoms” or  “they are now more manageable”.

PMS will affect almost all women to some degree during their life.  Symptoms can vary for each individual, for example, some women might not experience anything until their late 30s and others might experience symptoms as soon as their periods begin.  Luckily for most women the symptoms can be managed but for others the symptoms can be so severe it can affect their every day life and relationships.

Thankfully, PMS is now a recognised condition, unlike many years ago when women were told “it’s all in your mind and there’s nothing wrong with you”.  The reason so many women experience this roller coaster of emotions is due to the falling levels of oestrogen and progesterone prior to a period.

For some, symptoms can be on a physical level alone such as feeling bloated (caused by fluid retention), headaches, tender breasts, abdominal pain and lower back pain.   Others might experience symptoms on an emotional level e.g. extreme mood swings, irritability, depression, a feeling of sadness and crying at the least thing and also extreme tiredness.  Others can experience symptoms on both the physical and emotional levels which and this is where everyday life can be affected.

Fortunately there are things that can be done to help alleviate symptoms:-

  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and whole grains
  • Eat at regular intervals to keep the blood sugar from fluctuating
  • Rest and relaxation where possible
  • Increase exercise, it can be gentle such as going for a walk, yoga, meditation, swimming or just getting outside. This helps to reduce cramps.
  • Reduce salt intake and increase fluids which helps prevent bloating
  • Talk to someone about how you feel a best friend or your partner.

If PMS impacts your life and you would like to feel better and regain control please feel free to contact me to discuss how I work with you using homeopathy, to help to rebalance your hormones which can also help if you are trying for a baby.

The Menopause Naturally

The Menopause Naturally

Carol Vorderman recently revealed that she fell into a deep depression while she was going through the menopause. She said that there were days when she didn’t want to get out of bed and was unable to make simple everyday decisions. She went on to explain that whilst she had experienced difficult times in her life before this was very different and as hard as she tried she couldn’t find a way out.

Carol is not alone and many women going through the menopause struggle to cope with the symptoms. It is not the same for any woman and symptoms vary from woman to woman. Approximately 8 in every 10 women will experience additional symptoms for some time before and after their periods stop. Many learn to live with the hot flushes but the mood swings and depression can be difficult to cope with as Carole Vorderman discovered and this is when some will choose to take HRT.

It is important to understand that as a woman’s egg supply begins to decline lots of changes start to happen, particularly with hormone production. Periods become irregular and some may experience PMS symptoms for the first time in their life which in itself can be distressing.   These changes can start anytime between late 30s or early 50s. The ovaries go into overdrive and can produce either too much or too little oestrogen and/or progesterone. More progesterone can mean heavy menstrual bleeding.

Oestrogen levels start to drop approximately 6-12 months before the periods actually stop. Menopause is reached when there has been no period for one year, after which oestrogen continues to drop even further. This is when other symptoms start to appear, dry skin, bone loss and the risk for certain types of cancers.

So with all the hormonal changes taking place within a woman’s body it is hardly surprising that we can experience, hot flushes, mood swings, depression and exhaustion.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and are struggling to cope with them or want to avoid taking HRT, please contact me to see how I can help relieve your symptoms using homeopathy.

Trying for a baby?

Stress and the Reproductive System

trying-for-a-baby

I am a firm believer in keeping our bodies in good health and perfect balance and by doing this our bodies should work effectively. However, it seems that having a baby, which is one of the most natural things for us to do can prove to be a problem for 1 in 4 of us.

Couples are usually encouraged to give it a year especially if the contraceptive pill has been used before seeking any help or having any tests done, but usually during this time the worry and doubts start to appear.

The slightest stress can affect the reproductive system but the last words you want to hear by well meaning friends is “try to relax and don’t think about it” when that is all you can think about. It is on your mind day and night.

If after a year of trying for a baby nothing has happened this adds even more stress and anxiety, especially if there is nothing medically wrong to indicate why pregnancy is not happening.

It is at this stage that many couples decide to go down the IVF route. This in itself is gruelling, and for some, it is extremely difficult and adds even more pressure. The BBC & Panorama reported that people having IVF are offered extra “add-ons” at an extra cost, some paying up to £70k extra, but there is no solid evidence that these extra add-ons are even effective and for most of us these sums are out of our price range.

Sadly, the financial pressures and stress involved in trying for a baby lead many to give up and in some cases the relationship breaks down.

Stress of any kind is exhausting for both the body and mind. This can impact the menstrual cycle, with irregular cycles,  heavier more painful periods even early menopausal symptoms can occur under chronic stress.

If you are thinking of conceiving or are worried about your fertility please contact me to see how I may be able to help.   Using homeopathy, I work with you using a gentle, safe and non-toxic form of medicine to help with the rebalancing of female sex hormones, especially after longterm contraceptive use.  I can also help with PCOS, previous miscarriages and general female health.

I also help with any stress that men might be experiencing in the trying for a baby process because if stress continues for a long time, testosterone levels can interfere with sperm production.

If you would like to chat about any of the above to see how I may be able to help you please contact me for a FREE 15 minute chat to discuss how I may be able to help you.

Help I’m so stressed out. . .

Are you living with Chronic Stress?
Are you living with Chronic Stress?

It seems like there is so much to do and so little time.

Most of us experience some form of stress during our lives but if you experience any of the following on a long-term basis you could actually be suffering from chronic stress: poor sleep, anxiety, depression, sugar or caffeine cravings, self destructive behaviour.

But did you know that living with continuous high levels of stress can cause further damage such as adrenal fatigue, food intolerances, intestinal infections, infertility, inflammation and general hormone imbalance.

Living with chronic stress means there is a constant surge of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline causing blood sugar to rise. Our bodies were only designed to produce these hormones for short periods of time, but with chronic stress it means it is always at work and our adrenal glands aren’t producing other important hormones such as DHEA, aldosterone, testosterone, oestrogens and progesterone’s.

The long term effects of over production of Cortisol can lead to silent killers such as type II diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, not to mention irregular menstrual cycles, worsening PMS symptoms, infertility and skin problems.

If you have been suffering from any of the above symptoms for a while then you should consider adrenal fatigue as the culprit.

Homeopathic treatment can help anyone living with chronic stress and can help to rebalance hormone production. Please contact me for a free no obligation chat if you would like to find out more.

Baby Blues or Post Natal Depression (PND)?

baby-blues-or-post-natal-depressionSo here is this little bundle of joy that you’ve waited 9 months for so why then don’t you feel quite as happy as you feel you should.

It is perfectly normal to feel weepy and even sad for a few hours or days after giving birth and this is known as the baby blues. After all, it is a big lifestyle change especially if it is your first baby. The realization dawns on you that life will never be the same again, yes everyone said that when they found out you were expecting, but it still doesn’t prepare you that you now have a little person relying on you for their every need. It takes time to adjust to the new routine with sleepless nights and a constant round of changing nappies, feeding and waking.

New mums can feel anxious, tired and even lonely and isolated if they don’t have a good support group to help. It is hardly surprising therefore that 1 in 10 new mothers will suffer from PND and it affects everyone differently with varying symptoms coming on gradually and lasting from 1-3 months and in some cases longer if help isn’t received.  The following are symptoms that can be experienced:-

  • a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
  • loss of interest in the world around you and no longer enjoying things that used to give you pleasure
  • lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
  • feeling that you’re unable to look after your baby
  • problems concentrating and making decisions
  • loss of appetite or an increased appetite (comfort eating)
  • feeling agitated, irritable or very apathetic (you “can’t be bothered”)
  • feelings of guilt, hopelessness and self-blame
  • difficulty bonding with your baby with a feeling of indifference and no sense of enjoyment in his or her company
  • frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby; these can be scary, but they’re very rarely acted upon
  • thinking about suicide and self harm.

If you feel you might be suffering from PND it is important that you get help either by discussing your feelings with your partner, midwife, health visitor, homeopath or GP.  Thankfully, PND is now no longer a taboo subject and it is a recognised illness, especially since famous people have also shared their stories it . There are also many support groups available such as National Child Trust or PANDAS Foundation to name just a few.  Please don’t suffer in silence and reach out to someone.

If you feel you may be suffering from PND or know someone who is and would like a free 15 minute consultation please contact me.

Migraines in Pregnancy

A healthy happy pregnancy

A Healthy Happy Pregnancy

“I had suffered migraines all of my adult life and didn’t want to take any medication during my pregnancy. I was seeing Tracey for my migraines just before I conceived. Once I discovered I was pregnant we discussed ways to manage any migraines that might occur during my pregnancy. The homeopathy really worked and helped me, so much so that I used it in childbirth and also for my young baby when he had colic and was teething”

The above comment was feedback that I received from one of my patients who had lived with migraines since puberty.

According to research 1 in 5 women will experience a migraine at some time in her life and 16% of women may experience a migraine for the first time during pregnancy.  This is because during the first three months of pregnancy your body is adjusting to hormonal changes, low blood sugar levels and of course tiredness, this in turn can trigger severe headaches or migraine.

If you are a migraine sufferer, are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant and would like to avoid taking medication please contact me for a free 15 minute chat to see how I might be able to help you.