— Easing Menopause Pains with Clevedon Hypnotherapy —
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Relief from Menopause Symptoms with Hypnotherapy **
If you are a woman, then you will go through the menopause at some time in your life. Every woman will experience the menopause differently. Some will sail through with very few ill effects but others will suffer very badly. Whichever group you belong to – and for all those in-between – anything you can do to ease this transition in life will be appreciated.
There is much controversy over how women should deal with the menopause. Instead seeing it as a natural transition in life many women dread it as a sign that they are getting old. There are many negative images on the menopause. The sweaty, red faced unstable women is just a part of it. But it does not have to be this way. The later part of a woman’s life when she has stopped being fertile should be seen as an opportunity for growth and change rather than a burden to be suffered.
**If you would like more information on how I help women through the menopause then my website My Menopause is dedicated to this subject.
The Menopause is a disease. Probably the most common and most damaging myth. The menopause is a stage in life not an illness. It is a transition in life and should be treated as such with its own challenges and opportunities for growth.
You should dread the menopause. There is still a stigma associated with the menopause in the west. In Japan, there is no word for menopause and older women are respected. Instead of fearing menopause women should embrace it as a stage in their life.
You will put on weight. This is not inevitable. Our metabolism naturally slows down as we get older but a healthy diet and plenty of exercise should prevent you from putting on excess weight during menopause.
Your sex drive will disappear. There can be a thinning of the vaginal walls which can lead to painful sex but lubricants can help this. If you are suffering symptoms of menopause, as with stress or any other times you feel off colour your libido will drop. But interest in sex usually returns when symptoms ease. Many women enjoy a very satisfying sex life well into old age.
Menopause takes years. The menopause refers the date one year after a woman has stopped having periods. The time leading up to the menopause can begin at any age from 35 to 55, the average age is 51.
Your brain will go to mush or you will be mentally unstable. Another damaging stereotypes of women behaving irrationally. Hormonal imbalance can affect moods but you are not going to turn into a psychopath! If this mood swings do become very bad, then you can seek treatment with HRT from your doctor. Again, these will even out as the symptoms ease.
You will just have to put up with hot flushes and night sweats. This is not true. There are many things you can do to help menopausal symptoms – see below.
What is the menopause
Menopause refers to a point in time one year after a woman has stopped having her periods. It marks the end of menstruation and is categorised in three distinct phases.
Perimenopause - The period leading up to the menopause is known as the perimenopause and this is the time when she is most likely to experience any physical and emotional symptoms.
Menopause – Is the year after menstruation has finished.
Post Menopause – The time after the menopause when women menopausal symptoms usually ease.
The menopause is caused by changes in the sex hormones which occur as we get older. Oestrogen and progesterone production drops and eggs are no longer released from the ovaries.
Here is a list of some of the symptoms that are felt during the menopause. Not every woman will have all these of course, but most will experience some to a degree or other.
- Hot Flushes
- Night Sweats
- Mood Swings
- Hair thinning and loss
- Irregular Periods
What can you do about it
You do not have to suffer in silence there are many things you can do to ease symptoms with or without taking medication.
HRT – HRT is the most common and effective treatment of severe menopausal symptoms. HRT has had mixed publicity and can have side effects but is safe to use in the short term of up to 5 years. Speak to your doctor for more information.
Diet and Exercise – Eat a healthy diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids (found in oily fish), phytoestrogens (soya foods, beans and lentils) and vitamin E (avocados, green vegetables and whole grains). Get plenty of exercise especially weight baring to ensure healthy bones.
Stop Smoking – There are many health reasons to stop smoking but here is another. Women who smoke usually go through the menopause earlier than women who don’t. They can also have worse hot flushes and do not always respond well to HRT.
Herbal Supplements – Evening Primrose Oil, Black Cohosh, Red Clover and St John’s Wort can all be taken to ease menopause symptoms. Fish Oils with omega 3 also help.
Hypnotherapy – Hypnotherapy has had some success in treating hot flushes and night sweats. This article ‘Miserable Menopause: How Hypnotherapy can Help’ in the Telegraph explains how hypnotherapy has helped a number of women through the menopause.
How Hypnotherapy can help
Research has shown that hypnotherapy combined with visualizations can significantly improve a woman’s experience of her menopause.*
As every woman experiences the menopause differently I use hypnotherapy to ensure that you have the right treatment for your own unique set of symptoms. Hypnotherapy has already been successfully used to help sleeplessness, anxiety and stress, all of which can occur during menopause. It also helps you cope with the physical symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and palpitations. Being able to relax is also very important and through hypnosis people can be taught how to change negative thought patterns into positive ones.
If you are having problems with any of the symptoms mentioned above please phone me on 0770 235 2363 or 01275 873362 for an informal chat and for more information on how I can help you cope using hypnotherapy.
*Disclaimer. Results cannot be guaranteed as this is a therapy and each person is unique. All I can promise is that I will do my best to help you.
What can I help?
Hypnotherapy can help a range of issues including the ones listed below:
Fears and Phobias
Insomnia and Sleep Problems
Motivation and Goal Setting
Virtual Gastric Band
and many more……