International Day of Action for Women’s Health

Do you make excuses when you have your period? 

Today is International Day of Action for women’s health and I am going to share my story.

Despite equality I still believe women get a raw deal where their health is concerned.  Contraception mainly falls to us, having to take synthetic hormones.  If we have IVF there are even more hormones and drugs to ingest. All of which will impact on us at some point in our life because they interfere with our endocrine system. I really don’t think it is a coincidence that so many people I see in their late 40s and early 50s have problems with their thyroid.

It is thought that 9 days of productivity is lost every year to menstrual pain but I believe that is probably much higher because we might make up excuses for absenteeism at work.

Why do I believe this?   Because I was one of those women suffering with excruciating pain each month.    There were days when I couldn’t even get off the bathroom floor let alone commute to London and sit at a desk.

I would make an excuse for not going in, anything but giving the real reason because I was embarrassed.   I usually had to take one day off every two months but over a year that soon mounts up.

I had previously worked in HR and knew that regular absences and patterns would be flagged.    

So one day I decided to tell my boss the real reason why I was off sick and quite frankly I was running out of excuses each month.  I also figured that my boss had a wife so he must be familiar with periods and what happens to a woman.  So the next time it happened I told the truth.  I felt so much better for doing so but the sad thing is it took a long time for me to be comfortable and to have the courage to do that.  Something that happens so naturally and we feel we should hide it.   Thankfully my boss just said “oh ok”.  Men don’t always know what to say in situations like that.

I worked for a largish company with health care in place so I was encouraged to go and be checked out.  I happily obliged.  A fibroid was detected and it was suggested that it be removed. Before I agreed to anything I decided to research what the implications might be.

Depending on the location,  the removal of a fibroid can cause excessive bleeding and if the surgeon believes you are in any danger of losing too much blood they might perform a hysterectomy, although I was informed that the chances of this happening were very slim. 

I was in my late 30s and hadn’t ruled out the possibility of having children so I was not prepared to take any risks and decided against any operations.

Instead I decided to see my homeopath to see if she could help with the regular pain and the  fibroid.  I was also in my first year of my 4 year homeopathy course so I was very keen to see how homeopathy could help me. Within six months my pain had disappeared and I felt so much better.  Most importantly no more feeling lousy and no more days off sick.

This is why I am passionate about helping women to have healthy periods and also to help them to sail through the menopause.  I have been there.  Periods and menopause are natural for our bodies.

If there is pain it is our body’s way of telling us there that something isn’t quite right.  In some cases operations and medical tests are required but I think more and more women are taking control and action over their own body and health.  They want to be heard and are looking at more natural and holistic ways to heal.  

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