Women of all ages may experience discomfort or imbalances in their bodies from time to time, for some it may be a minor upset, but for others it may be quite extreme.
There are many reasons why these disturbances occur, most commonly there is some sort of a hormonal imbalance which may be due to exposure to toxins in the external environment or it may also be inherited from our family members.
Some of the most common conditions that females may experience include:
Pre Menstrual Syndrome
Pre Menstrual Syndrome is something that is commonly experienced by many women. It involves changes to moods, eating habits, increased pain levels and distorted thinking in women just before and/or during menstruation. Women can experience a vast range of symptoms and generally the causation is due to an imbalance of hormonal function.
Endometriosis occurs when cells of the endometrial tissue (the tissue that is found in the uterus lining) spread and attach themselves to other parts of the internal organs, such as the ovaries or the ligaments that support the uterus. These cells can also be found in the vagina, fallopian tubes, vulva, bladder and bowels. Each month, the displaced endometrial tissue may bleed, just as a regular cycle does, however there is no outlet for it to leave the body. This causes inflammation and eventually leads to the formation of adhesions or scar tissue. The adhesions pull and distort the organs, making some movements very painful, such as sex or going to the toilet.
This condition can affect up to 10% of the population, some of the symptoms you may experience include pain or discomfort during sex or when going to the toilet. Other symptoms can include lower back pain, pelvic pain, period pain, dysmenorrhea, irregular periods or infertility.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition that can affect 12 to 14% of women of reproductive age. It is a metabolic condition and is commonly associated with insulin resistance and glucose intolerance.
The body reacts to sugar and releases excessive amounts of insulin in order to process the glucose. Some of this excess insulin will then attach to the ovaries, creating an increase in the release of testosterone into the blood stream. This can result in symptoms such as irregular hair growth (including facial hair) and acne. Other symptoms of the condition include irregular periods, or no period at all, infertility, mood changes, obesity and depression.
Fibroids are non cancerous tumours that are found inside the uterus walls. They are more common in women over the age of 30 and can affect as many as 1 in 5. The fibroids vary in size and can be diagnosed through ultrasound. The condition may remain symptom free, however they may also place increased pressure on the bladder, making urination more frequent.
Menopause means the cessation of periods and can naturally occur for women between 45-55 years of age.
Some women may experience symptoms during this time such as hot flushes, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, atrophy of breasts (reduction in size), depression, weight gain and loss of concentration.
Symptoms can often mean that something is out of balance in the body, there are many natural remedies that can assist with this.
Metaphysically, so much of the conditions that are manifested in women’s health are a direct correlation to suppressing your true nature as a woman in it’s fullest expression.
Ailments in women’s health are increasing, as we are at an age of transitioning out of a patriarchal (men’s dominated) world.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms or conditions above, you may find that you over work yourself in life and in your career, you may struggle with self worth issues, or self acceptance. Perhaps you are always putting others first and not allowing yourself time for nurture, rest and self love.
You may also struggle to connect with your mother, perhaps you resist turning out just “like her”, or you may have a disconnected relationship with her. Perhaps she was emotionally unavailable for you growing up, or there may have been an unfortunate event which prevented her from being with you physically.
Whatever relates to your personal story, if any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone. These are the common threads of the feminine wounds we all carry as a collective. Now, more than ever, we are being encouraged to step up and heal these deeper wounds that cause us all so much pain and grief.
Experienced Mind/Body coach and Naturopath Melanie Wingate is able to cater a session for your individual needs and assist you back into balance, thus your natural state of being. Click here to book an online consultation with her now.