*Mary started her period later than her friends, at 15.
Her period didn’t follow the usual pattern though and her GP suggested that her weight was the issue.
It came monthly or every 3 months. Sometimes she bled for 1 day. Sometimes for 20 days.
The only consistent was that it was always painful and always heavy.
At 17 Mary was put on the pill to “regulate her period”.
I hear this a lot, young girls being put on the pill to “regulate” their periods. However medically managed periods are not periods. They’re a side effect of stopping the medicine, nothing more. They’re not real.
Mary stayed on the pill until she was 32 when she wanted to start her family.
And when her period hadn’t returned after 2 years, she finally at the age of 34, nearly 20 years after the problem with her periods was first recognised, was sent for an ultrasound where Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome was diagnosed, PCOS.
Mary is now 39 and has had 3 rounds of IVF. The last one was successful and she has a small baby.
She has just started her treatment with me for “horrendous sweats and low mood” and feeling “completely unable to cope with the baby’s needs”.
A hysterectomy in the very near future has been suggested.
Mary’s hormones were unbalanced from the beginning. Then she had 15 years of synthetic hormones, giving her a monthly false period, leading her to believe that everything was now ok.
3 rounds of IVF meant more synthetic hormones.
And now her system is overstimulated, overwhelmed and under functioning.
Mary’s story isn’t unusual.
It is staggering the amount of women I know who have struggled with chronic pain and irregular periods for years.
They are being told that it’s part of being a woman (It’s not!!!), that their pain threshold must be very low, other women go through it.
Only the women who really fight for it are having investigations done to find the root cause. And even then, often the answer is just “go on the pill”.
It’s not solving anything though. It’s an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude.
I would urge you if you’re reading this and it’s resonating for either you or your daughter, get some help balancing those hormones naturally now.
Homeopathy can help.
I can help.