Painful Periods each month?

Painful periods?

For confidentiality reasons names have been changed.
Rachel came to me see me with painful periods (Dysmenorrhea). She was 35, married and didn’t have any children.  She told me that the pain started about a year ago and had got progressively worse, usually having to take to her bed for the second day of her period with severe cramping pains and nausea. Her periods were heavy and lasted for 7 days, during which time she would be exhausted with zero energy.  Every other month was exceptionally bad and she was having to take more and more time off work. She had been to her GP and had tests but they were inconclusive and she was told “periods were painful”.

Her mother had to have a hysterectomy in her late forties and she was now worried that this might be on the cards for her. She told me she felt huge guilt because she had delayed having children and still wasn’t even sure if she wanted them but either way she didn’t want a hysterectomy because that would take the decision away from her. This was her biggest fear. She told me she liked to be in control of everything in her life.

She was exhausted and fed up with the pain every month, no one seemed to understand. She told me she was feeling extremely upset. When I asked her why she told me that her husband didn’t seem keen to start a family and she was worried that due to her painful periods there might be complications and she was leaving it too late, time was ticking.

Whilst taking the case history, Rachel told me that she had always sailed through her periods and never even noticed them.   She had started taking the pill at 16 and whilst she’d had a few breaks over the years she decided to stop taking it a about 15 months ago, it took three months to get a period and only in the last few months had they become more regular (28-33 days).

The pill and HRT are synthetic hormones which disrupt our endocrine system and which in turn has a knock on effect to other parts of our mind and body.

I prescribed Rachel a remedy to help with her emotions and to help rebalance her hormones and asked her to come back to see me in 6 weeks time. This length of time gives the remedy time to work and we then assess the remedy action.

When Rachel returned she said she felt much calmer and the pain had been manageable. I continued to see Rachel for approximately 6 months, prescribing different remedies when required and as her symptoms changed. Over the course of her treatment her periods regulated to 30 days and were much lighter, the pain was minimal and she had more energy.  On her last visit she was so happy because her husband had agreed to start a family and they were now going to try for a baby.

Many women come to see me for hormonal issues such as period pain which can be due to a hormonal imbalance or because they have been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovaries (PCOS), fibroids, endometriosis or are going through the menopause.   They may also be experiencing anxieties, mood swings and confidence issues.  Whatever the reason homeopathy can usually help especially because it gets to the root cause and treats each person individually.

If you would like to find out how I may be able to help with period pains, menopause or any symptoms you may be experiencing please feel free to contact me for a free 15 no obligation chat.

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.

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.