I have had problems with my periods all my life. My first period lasted 10 days, and I soon got into the routine of 2 weeks of bleeding, and 2 weeks of crying. My Mother took me to the Doctor, and I was on the pill at the age of 14. This helped a lot, but I still had painful and heavy periods, but at least they only lasted 5 days, and the PMT wasn’t as bad. Came off the pill at 19 due to DVT scares, and carried on suffering. Doctors didn’t believe I had heavy periods as I was never anaemic. Continue reading Hysterectomy to treat depression – Deborah’s story
Most women will have low days following a hysterectomy, but it’s wrong to assume it’s always going to be full blown depression of the type we tend to think about. Depression following surgery, any type of surgery and not just a hysterectomy, is very common indeed. There are a variety of things that can trigger it in women having a hysterectomy and they include a reaction to anaesthetic and pain killers, and the hormonal imbalance caused when the womb or ovaries are removed. Continue reading Depression after hysterectomy
Christmas is a time to cast aside the everyday and embrace the magic of it all. But what if your everyday routines are essential to controlling your health? Continue reading The curse of tinsel-blindness : chronic illness at Christmas
When it comes to invisible illnesses, it could be said that depression is the Daddy of them all – it’s a slippery customer which is often misunderstood as it comes dressed as an emotion. Continue reading Depression – The Daddy of Them All
There is a surprising common factor which is shared by a vast range of physical and mental health conditions. Fibromyalgia, anxiety, endometriosis, lupus, endometriosis, pelvic pain and depression may vary in causes and symptoms, but all of them have a deadly weapon in common – invisibility. They are often classed as an invisible illness. Continue reading Invisible Illness: It’s not easy to combat what you can’t see!
I always had pain with my periods. I started mine when I was 10. I had painful sex. I put up with it, even had problems having my children. But, at the age of 34, I began having a swollen stomach, became iron deficient and suffered shortness of breath. Continue reading Goodbye My Lover! – Ruiz’s Hysterectomy Story
You may or may not be aware that the NHS have recently removed Testosterone implants from the NHS prescription lists. Whilst it may be possible to pay for a private prescription these are expensive and potentially unnecessary. Testosterone in women helps to regulate mood and libido and it’s production continues mostly unaffected by the menopause, unlike oestrogen and progesterone. In addition to these benefits for women post menopause it also supports the immune system and assists the body in the production of muscle tissue as well as helping to boost your appetite. Continue reading Balancing testosterone in women naturally
The Hysterectomy Association recently helped in gathering research evidence looking at the emotional impact of a hysterectomy. What the study found was that whilst a hysterectomy on its own probably would not create a situation where women suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it could be a contributory factor if the woman had also suffered previous events or illnesses which had a high stress factor involved. If this is the case then the hysterectomy simply acts as a trigger.
(PTSD Symptoms following hysterectomy: Alexithymeia and health locus of control, Wright, JD, University of Plymouth).
Although testosterone is a male hormone women still produce small amounts. Testosterone is produced by the ovaries and helps to regulate sex drive (libido), energy and mental state. Continue reading Testosterone
Testosterone is also a female sex hormone. Total hormone replacement means restoring the natural balance of all hormones to the levels of men and women’s physical and mental peaks. Continue reading The advantages of testosterone for women