Whilst everyone’s struggles really matter, I have a particular interest in women’s health and wellbeing.
And gents – you’re invited to read on as well. After all, for every chap we have out there, we might have a wife, a mum, a nan, a sister, an auntie, a daughter, a granddaughter… You are so very important in their care.
First off then, what do we mean exactly when we say, ‘Women’s Health’? Well, we can mean those messy, painful periods that crop up each month. And the pain of heavy, heavy periods that sometimes mean you can’t even stand up because it’s so excruciating. Severe pain from periods isn’t normal and isn’t acceptable.
So, first of all, if you’re having painful periods, please book yourself in to see a doctor.
1 in 10 people worldwide suffer with Endometriosis (and that figure is likely to be a conservative estimate). That’s about 176 million people and it can take, on average, a whopping 7-8 years before diagnosis. I know that the pain from Endo is excruciating, constant and misunderstood. The prospect of repeated surgeries, with hope that rises and often, falls again as the condition re-emerges. And it’s not only Endo. Adenomyosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Fibroids, Prolapsed Uterus, fertility issues … the list is long and desperately sad. And long term health conditions present unique issues of their own.
Living with your diagnosis is one thing; living with the sense of dismissiveness from elsewhere is quite another. It has been reported that 84% of women do not feel listened to regarding their feminine health and that “Health services miss opportunities to ask the right questions, prevent illness and ensure the best outcomes for girls and women.”
Above all, make sure that you have seen a doctor. Be insistent. Write a list of questions beforehand. Take the list with you. Ask the questions. Take someone with you for support.
And then, it’s time to think about what else can be done to support you if you are:
- struggling with gynae conditions.
- likely to face gynae surgery or gynae procedures.
- recovering from gynae surgery or gynae procedures.
- supporting loved ones through this process.
Let me share some reasons why Hypnotherapy with me can be helpful.
- It allows you to accept that your issues are valid. You are believed. You are not a fraud; you are not weak; you don’t need to just pull yourself together.
- It can help you re-frame how you see yourself and to manage self-limiting beliefs that may have crept in.
- It can help you to understand what is happening in your mind and in your body – and to learn how your mind directly influences how your body works.
- It helps you take back control from that brain and its influence on your body.
- It offers you calmness and peace.
- It can help create joyful little rewirings of your brain (neuroplasticity) so that it becomes more positive and helpful to you.
- It can help lower the release of angry chemicals in your body – and these are the ones that are associated with increased inflammation, as well as your perception of pain.
- It can help raise the release of positive neurotransmitters in your body that make you feel brighter and more comfortable.
- And when you feel brighter, these positive neurotransmitters have a significant role in healing and recovery.
If you’d like to chat about whether working together is right for you, please – just get in touch.