Is the menopause driving you mad?
Menopause marks the end of menstruation, which usually happens sometimes between the age of 45 to 55. It's a time in life when a woman can experience many unusual symptoms that affect her both physically, mentally and emotionally.
Many women will suffer in different ways, from a range of symptoms including:
Waking up several times in the night drenched in sweat. Interrupted sleep, in turn, will impede our ability to think, work and do everyday tasks normally.
Hot flushes during the day and night, raising anxiety and sometimes shame.
A feeling of lack of control, like the menopause is being done to you
Mood swings, with more anxiety, irritability, and tearfulness than PMT
Vaginal dryness and loss of libido affecting relationships
A sense of grief and loss, sometimes feeling lethargic
A recent research in the “journal of mid life health tells us that most women will experience hot flushes: “More than 80% of women experience hot flashes during menopause. Defined by transient sensations of heat, sweating, flushing, anxiety, and chills lasting for 1–5 min, hot flashes can cause considerable distress especially when severe and frequent” (1).
The good news is that hypnotherapy has been scientifically proven to reduce hot flashes and night sweats by up to 74%. Dr Elkins at the Baylor University furthers concludes that hypnotherapy is as effective as HRT in managing these symptoms (2). This will in turn reduce anxiety and improve sleep, self-esteem and confidence hugely.
Menopause is not a disease, it's a time of change when, with the right management, women can begin a brand-new phase of life that's fulfilling and rewarding.
Coping with menopause can be achieved, with help from Hypnotherapy:
Clinical hypnosis tools can effectively help gain control over night-sweats and hot-flushes, reduce anxiety and balance moods and, help improve sleep.
Furthermore, a solution focused approach to therapy will help regain confidence and agency in this transition. General outlook on life and be greatly improved and placing women back in charge of their lives.
(1) Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Concise Review (Bansal and Aggarwal) J Midlife Health. 2019 Jan-Mar; 10(1): 6–13. doi: 10.4103/jmh.JMH_7_19 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6459071/
(2) Clinical Hypnosis in the Treatment of Post-Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Elkins et Al.) (New York, N.Y.) 20(3):291-8 . https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235716467_Clinical_Hypnosis_in_the_Treatment_of_Post-Menopausal_Hot_Flashes_A_Randomized_Controlled_Trial