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Ladies, it’s time to address Rushing Woman’s Syndrome

Rushing WomanIt’s time to slow down our pace in life.  Women are constantly on the go, doing everything and being all things to all people. And you know what? It’s stuffing up our hormone balance.

We need hormonal balance. When they aren’t balanced, we feel fatigued, moody, irritable, depressed, lose our libido and gain weight. And not only are we suffering from our hormonal imbalances but our partners and kids suffer too. Dr Libby has done an awesome TED Talk on this very issue here

Lisa Curry made a brave admission on A Current Affair last night, that she believed her undiagnosed Rushing Woman’s Syndrome, was a major contributing factor to the tension in her marriage to Grant Kenny and their eventual divorce. If you didn’t see it, here’s a video link

I have often pondered how many relationship breakdowns are due to undiagnosed hormonal imbalances in both women and men (men are also rushing and suffering from low testosterone as a result). If one partner is fatigued, the other has to pick up the slack which causes resentment. If one partner is moody or irritable, it can affect the couple’s intimacy and emotional connection. Mismatched libido’s are another cause of tension in relationships. These are all things that can be improved by balancing our hormones, and a great relationship counsellor 🙂

So how does “rushing” affect our hormones?

The answer lies with our adrenal glands. These are the glands that are responsible for pumping out our stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. To make these hormones, our body uses pregnalone which is also the same substance that it needs to make our sex hormones ie oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

It’s a survival mechanism too, because stress communicates to our cells that our lives are in danger, it’s not surprising that mother nature takes away our progesterone so we can’t get pregnant. The last thing a body’s wants to do is bring a baby into the world if its not safe. As a result, we become deficient in progesterone, which leads to oestrogen dominance, which leads to bad PMT, mood swings, bloating, weight gain, fatigue, thyroid imbalance, low libido and low mood. Our digestion also slows down under the influence of stress hormones so we can end up with bloating and irritable bowel syndrome. Did you know that progesterone has anti-anxiety and anti-depressant qualities? No wonder women feel anxious and overwhelmed premenstrually if their progesterone is low.

And this health problem not only effects women with kids. I am seeing a disturbing trend in women in their 20’s who have too much on their plate and are now suffering from adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances. It’s also a common picture I see in women who see me for fertility. The pace of modern life is certainly taking its toll on everyone.

Balancing hormones is my thing. It’s something that homeopathy can do really well. I am often amazed how quickly homeopathy can sort out hormonal stuff. Much quicker than herbs in my opinion, although in some cases, the combination of homeopathy and herbs is needed. If you can relate to this article, I recommend booking a consult with me.

In the meantime, make room for some self-care in your life. This can be a challenge because our culture conditions us to believe that we must be busy to survive and be a worthy person. Here are my top tips:

  • Acknowledge that your self worth has got nothing to do with how much you do
  • Be kind to yourself, our thoughts and unrealistic expectations of ourselves can trigger stress
  • It’s okay to say no if someone asks you to do something. Really, really ask yourself if you can fit that in or will you have to burn the midnight oil and waste your precious weekend time to get it done? What is your reason for saying yes to something? Is it because you don’t want to let people down or you feel you need to please everyone. STOP RIGHT THERE. Because that is the number one cause of Rushing Woman’s Syndrome which will only result in exhaustion and unhappiness.
  • Look for things that you can delegate or outsource to free up your time. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Give yourself permission to schedule time to yourself. It’s important for disease prevention.
  • Avoid time-wasting activities like social media (I struggle with this one).
  • Ensure you go to bed before 11pm and get 7 hours sleep (I also struggle with this one).
  • Allow 5-10 mins each day to either meditate to practice deep breathing as this helps to create a sense of calm within the body’s cells. It’s a proven tactic to support the adrenal glands in our crazy world.
  • Eat well, avoid skipping meals. Fill up on natural fats as they are our hormones building blocks
  • Make time to get a regular massage or acupuncture session or a relaxing hobby.
  • Look at your life, is it all work and no play? If so, reduce your workload to make time for relaxation and some social time with friends and family. This is vital to help refill your energy cup and prevent burn-out.

And lastly, you are enough, you don’t need to busy to prove that you are valuable to the world.

Yours in health & happiness,

Inez x

 

 

 

Case Study: Reversing Post-Pill Amenorrhea

No period for 4 years after stopping the Pill (post-Pill amenorrhea)

It’s not well known that a small percentage of women can experience amenorrhea (no periods) after coming off the Pill. This was the case for a lovely 25 year old client of mine who came to see me in 2011 for this very problem.


She had been taking the Pill since she was 18 years old and had stopped taking it 4 years prior to seeing me. But her period never returned during the 4 years after stopping the Pill, despite having a regular cycle previously.

She had tried other things like acupuncture, progesterone cream, diet changes and had all the medical tests “under the sun”. There was no evidence of PCOS and she was freaked out when doctors suspected serious pathology like a pituitary tumour. Thankfully, she was given the all clear. But this didn’t solve her absent menstrual cycle.

A friend who had recently conceived during my fertility program recommended that she come and see me.

And she was glad she did, within a month of homeopathic treatment, her period arrived – and a year later, she was still having a regular menstrual cycle. I had to laugh when she told me that she loves getting her periods every month:

I love getting my period, there is no pain, minimal to no PMS, it’s a breeze, it makes me feel like a woman after having no cycle for so long.

It’s a great case to share with you all as not many women are aware that post-Pill amenorrhea can be reversed with homeopathic treatment. Homoepathic remedies work by stimulating the body’s self-repair mechanisms which is ideal after stopping the Pill.

Remember, the Pill works in the following ways:

  • suppressing ovulation
  • changing the cervical mucus so it’s difficult for sperm to swim to the egg
  • changing the lining of the uterus so it doesn’t grow to its ideal thickness, and
  • changing the movement in the fallopian tubes to reduce the chance of sperm reaching the egg.

So the body needs to get all that working again after you’ve stopped taking the Pill. It’s quite scary isn’t it?

Fortunately, the human body can be amazing in its ability to restore balance which is why some women have no trouble with their cycle returning after stopping the Pill.

But sometimes the body needs help especially if the Pill has really suppressed things. Homeopathic remedies can be great for getting the body back to normal after stopping the Pill because they improve the body’s ability to get everything working again. It’s interesting that the impressive Liz Lalor Fertility Program was originally devised by Liz when she noticed a type of post-Pill infertility in her clients. By reversing the suppression, a woman’s fertility will return and she is more likely to get pregnant.

If you know someone who is experiencing post-Pill amenorrhea, feel free to share this post with them.

If you want to know more about the effects of the Pill on your health, I highly recommend reading the book The Pill: Are You Sure it’s for You?

 

Surprising benefits of using a menstrual cup

Serious? Really?

I get to talk periods a lot in my practice as a woman’s menstrual cycle tells me so much about what’s going on hormonally.

In order to assess if a woman’s flow is too light or too heavy, it helps to ask how often they need to change pads and tampons.

During these conversations, a small percentage of my clients have told me they use a menstrual cup which they absolutely love. It’s a one-off purchase so it saves lots of money and doesn’t add to landfill so it’s great for the environment. They say its easy to use and no different to inserting a tampon once they get the hang of it after a bit of practice at first.

I’ve always thouLunette cupght they sound really interesting, but I had doubts about whether they’d be messy or a hassle to change and empty or clean so I never took the plunge.

Then today, someone posted this menstrual cup comparison chart on a Facebook page, it was off-topic – but she thought she’d share it because it was a health-related page. Then the comments started rolling in, from women who are regular cup users and the majority saying they love the Lunette cup the most.

So I checked out the Lunette website and Facebook page, and then stumbled across a post on their FB page asking “what did you experience after switching to a Lunette cup?” and there were so many comments from women saying that their period pain had gone, their cycles were more regular, prolonged periods had become shorter, heavier periods had become lighter, less itching, and so on.

Serious? Really?

And you know what, it makes sense when you look at this chart:

Pads Tampons Toxic Chemicals

The chemicals, fragrances, pesticide resides, adhesives and bleach used in the manufacture of tampons and pads are endocrine disruptors, meaning they have the ability to upset our hormonal balance. So this has the potential to create hormone havoc, with irregular cycles, heavy periods, bad PMS etc.

Gosh it annoys me how much crap we are exposed to in our everyday environment. I used to believe that these things couldn’t affect us (ignorance is bliss, right?) but I see the effects of toxins in clinic constantly and the improvement in people’s health once their toxicity has been addressed. Just this week, one of my lovely fertility couples had a setback when his test results showed his sperm DNA fragmentation was “through the roof, the highest their fertility specialist has ever seen“, their specialist said it’s likely to be caused by toxicity, and he’s on the money, mostly likely due to the adhesives used in the patient’s workplace. Sad, but true, and I will be doing all that I can to help him to reduce his toxic load.

Anyway, I digress, but if you’re concerned about your exposure to chemicals and the effect on your health and hormones, consider trying a menstrual cup – here’s the product comparison chart again. If a cup doesn’t appeal, there are some organic, non-toxic sanitary products out there such as TOM Organic, Natracare, Anion, Cottons and even reusable, environmentally-friendly, cloth menstrual pads such as Wemoon

Stay safe sisters! Inez x