Menopause can be a challenging time for many women
As the menopause approaches, a woman’s hormones can have a powerful effect on her health and well-being. All women find the menopause to be a personal experience and not just a medical condition. If you are fortunate, you may not notice any changes at all.
Most women, however, experience some symptoms ranging from mild to severe, with some that disrupt their lives extensively. These might be the embarrassment of hot flushes or sleep interrupted by night sweats, sometimes so bad the sheets need to be changed several times a night. In addition, depression, mood swings, tiredness and headaches are also possible symptoms.
Research shows regular exercise can help to convert stress into positive energy, such as cycling, swimming, yoga, aerobics or running for 15 to 30 minutes.
For many years, menopause was ignored, not spoken about, hidden away. Women didn’t want to talk about how it felt because they saw being menopausal as the start of being defined as ‘an old crone’. The treatment choices that women were hearing from the medical profession didn’t help either. You could either take hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which had risks and might even give you cancer, or you could just muddle through. There seemed to be no other effective alternatives!
Alternative support for the menopause
Many high-profile women have spoken out about how they were affected by their symptoms and how they have come through the other side. HRT is now also recognised as being a much safer option than was previously thought. However, it is not a panacea and many women are either unwilling or unable to take hormone replacement, so what else is there?
We know that there are other effective options out there which are clinically proven to work. Two years ago, the British Medical Journal published a review of alternative treatments for hot flushes. They concluded that cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy were the only two alternative treatments that they could recommend as being effective in reducing the experience of vasomotor symptoms medical speak for hot flushes. Yet the benefits of hypnotherapy for menopausal symptoms are rarely talked about and very few doctors or women know of its positive outcomes.
Hypnotherapy can help during menopause
Clinical hypnosis can effectively reduce hot flashes and associated symptoms among postmenopausal women as much as 80 per cent, and the findings also showed participants experienced an improved quality of life and lessened anxiety and depression, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Baylor University's Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory.
Hypnosis relaxes and calms women, allowing their subconscious mind to accept positive suggestions for their well-being. This experience helps them reflect calmly and positively to heal those parts that have experienced the discomfort of menopause, the dispersing feelings of anxiety and stress, mood swings, hot flushes along with night sweats and panic attacks. Hypnotherapy helps women regain their confidence, enthusiasm and motivation in their daily life.