Women's Health

During their lifespan women can face unique health problems at certain chapters in their lifes such as menstrual irregularities, postnatal depression, miscarriage, menopausal symptoms which can be challenging and upseting for the individual.

Puberty and Adolescence -

Adolescence girls and women are currently paradoxical place when it comes to their wellbeing. Outwardly women are excelling in multriple fields including education, sport, science and politics. Yet figures confirm increasing psychological distress in women aged 16 to 24 is at a all time high, with record numbers admitting to harming themselves to relieve their distress. Anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self harm, are disproportionately high in young girls. In a world of growing perfectionism, where difference can be ridicule and feared, whether it's about body shape or size, social popularity or capability, developing intellectual courage to not fear what others think and to learn self-acceptance creates inner strength.

From puberty, gynecological problems may develop such as painful periods, endometriosis, fibriods, polycystic ovaries, pre-menstrual tension, amenorrhoea (absence of periods) and hormonal related migraines. Many of these young women suffer in silence.

 For a small percentage of these young women they may discover that they have a gynecological problem that potentially has a direct impact on their ability to conceive later in their lives, such as tilted uterus or MRKH (Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser) which occurs in one in every 5000 women. MRKH is a condition which means the woman has no womb, cervix or upper vagina.

It is clear that many of these gynecological problems have not only a huge physical impact on a young woman's well-being but they can also be psychologically damaging to a young woman's body confidence and self esteem. 

Treatments for young women.

Many of the health problems that young women experience such as migraines, period pain, pre-menstrual tension, endometriosis are treatable and can be helped by Acupuncture treatment.

The more psychological complaints such as anxiety and low mood can be helped by either Hypnotherapy and Counselling or by using a combination of Acupuncture (which can help lift mood and increase the relaxation response) and Hypnotherapy/Counselling, whichever therapy is going to be the most effective for that particular young woman.

The twenties, thirties and forties- Fertility & beyond-

As women react their twenties, thirties and forties the issue of fertility and pregnancy arises. Although this can be a truly wonderful time in a woman's life for some women conception may not be straight forward. Currently, 1 in every six couples experiences difficulty conceiving. When fertility issues do occur the couple then face the tentative issue of how long do they wait before seeking help!  If fertility problems persist do they decided tocontinue to try naturally or go along the IVF route.

Currently one in six couples has difficulty conceiving a baby and the number of couples seeking help and support to have a family has risen dramatically.

Sperm counts in the average British male have fallen by almost half in the past 60 years. Many experts blame this fall on an increase in environmental chemicals such as DDT and higher stress levels. 

New evidence suggests that stress does affect fertility. A recent study found that women with high levels of alpha-amylase, an enzyme that correlates with stress, have a harder time getting pregnant. 

Treatments for fertility

For those women who experience difficulty becoming pregnant, Acupuncture has scientifically been proven to enhance a woman's chance of becoming pregnant and to increase IVF success rates of pregnancy. Acupuncture can also be used to help maintain optimum health during pregnancy.

On occasions Hypnotherapy or Counselling can be beneficial for those women who have experienced a miscarriage or other difficulties conceiving and have a certain level of anxiety about either becoming pregnant or maintaining a pregnancy. 

Pregnancy

Treatments during Pregnancy. 

It is my absolute pleasure to treat ladies who are expecting a baby and are perhaps encountering a few health challenges whilst pregnant or who are in need of some relaxation time.

Having experienced quite severe sickness during both my pregnancies (up to 14 weeks) and Placenta Previa (low lying placenta), I am fully aware that sometimes we need a little suport along the way. 

Common conditions treated during pregnancy are:

* Morning sickness & nausea   * Fatigue    * Plancenta Previa (low lying placenta)      * Lower back pain & Sciatica       *Pubic Symphisis pain         * Breech presentation

* Anxiety, low mood or sleep problems * Help with Induction when you have past the due date/term).

The treatments I offer during pregnancy are Pregnancy Acupuncture, Reflexology, Pregnancy massage and Hypnotherapy. 

Having worked as a Acupuncturist on a Antenatal ward in a London NHS hospital, I am very fortuante to have gained valuable experience of treating women during their pregnancies and it is area I particualarly love. 

Q. Is Acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

A. Yes, Acupuncture is a safe treatment during pregnancy. There are a few acupuncture points that are avoided and are contra-indicated during pregnancy.

Late forties & Fifties  

Menopausal problems

The menopause, defined as the end of the last menstrual period, occurs at the average age of 53 years. The change in hormone levels during the perimenopause and menopause, particularly the decline in levels of oestrogen, can cause menopausal symptoms; for example around 30 to 70% of women in Western countries will experience vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats. Some women also report vaginal dryness and psychological symptoms including tiredness, sleep disturbances, mood swings, forgetfulness and loss of libido. The median duration of menopausal vasomotors symptoms (hot flashes) is around 4 years, however, in around 10% of women, these symptoms may last 12 years or longer. 

Treatments for the Menopausal and other health complaints. 

So if you are experiencing perimenopause symptoms such as hot flashes then research has demonstrated that Acupuncture has been shown to help some women reduce the symptoms of hot flashes. A common health issue for many perimenopausal women is waking up at night and also anxiety. 

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