Hypnotherapy and Stress-induced amenorrhea
Before I talk about stress-induced amenorrhea, I should explain what is stress. Stress is body response to any kind of positive and/or negative events and/or demands and/or attack. Stress is a very special feeling too particular events – it is special body preparation to meet a challenge with focus and increased strength.
Anything which provokes stress called “stressor” – physical danger, exams, humiliation, loss of loved ones, job or family crisis, etc. Different persons have different sensibilities and stressors could vary and be positive and/or negative.
Stressed women bodies react by releasing very specific chemicals into the blood – these chemicals can increase body energy and strength which would be needed in case of a physical threat. But if stress was provoked by an emotional stressor, increased body energy could create health problems.
Women’s health is a complicated one but during stress, can become more complicated because of hormonal changes and hormonal dysfunctions.
In general, amenorrhea affects 2% – 6% of women at reproductive age but more often amenorrhea has been discovered in women with high physical and/or emotional stress such as Olympic winners, war participants and/or witnesses, young ballet dancers and/or gymnasts.
What is stress induced amenorrhea
It should be mentioned that women reproductive system always reacts during physical and especially emotional stress. Stress-induced amenorrhea is amenorrhea which was triggered by increased physical or psychological stress. Actually, women can stop having menstrual periods immediately after stress.
During puberty, stress-induced amenorrhea could occur more often as pubescent girls are very sensitive to any stressful factors (especially emotional stress).
It was noted that some female soldiers deployed in Iraq had amenorrhea due to a combination of extreme heat and extreme stress.
Many women are very sensitive to the death or loss of a loved one and these situations can often trigger stress-induced amenorrhea.
The first symptom of stress-induced amenorrhea is an absence of menstrual periods during following 6 months or more. Later some other symptoms could develop such as mood swings, weight gain, decreased libido, feeling tired and/or sick, reduce the ability to concentrate and/or think, etc.
How stress can trigger amenorrhea
Stress-induced amenorrhea is a result of complex hormonal changes and/or dysfunctions.
Women bodies respond to stress by activating the nervous system and specific hormones through the hypothalamus. Usually, the hypothalamus signals the adrenal glands to produce increased levels of hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Cortisol is a glucocorticoid that acts on multiple body systems and reduces Luteinizing Hormone (LH), estradiol and progesterone effects. During stress, the hypothalamus could block the release of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) causing decreased levels of estrogens, progesterone and causing also anovulation and temporary amenorrhea.
It is important to highlight that intense mental/emotional stress can disrupt the normal rhythmic process in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland and as a consequence, the pituitary gland decreases the production of hormones that it usually sends to the ovaries to promote ovulation and ensure regular menstrual cycles. So women suffering from deep emotional stress can easily have stress-induced amenorrhea.
Increased concentrations of adrenaline and cortisol in the blood usually speed up heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and metabolism. As a result, the blood vessels open wider to let more blood flow to large muscle groups, preparing all our muscles for reaction and defence. At the same time, the increased levels of adrenaline and cortisol release the stored glucose from the liver which increases body energy. Many women sweat during the stress which is the body reaction for cooling body’s increased temperature. All mentioned changes are just body preparations and reaction for handling the stress attack.
It was noted that menstrual periods and ovulation can return to normal after stress levels decrease. Women should know that any kind of stress can decrease fertility, pregnancy rates and increase miscarriage rates.
Stress-induced amenorrhea – prevention
The best prevention of stress induced amenorrhea is healthy lifestyle including healthy food, active life, normal weight management and balanced emotional behaviour. A strong healthy body can fight stress easier and better.
Eat healthy balanced food 3-4 times a day – check your daily nutritional needs.
Avoid very intensive sports activities, exercise moderately regularly, maintain your ideal body weight (based on BMI).
Avoid conflicts in personal life, in the family, in the school, in the office. Follow conflict resolution advice.
Avoid extra work time, balance your work, never forget about holidays and relaxation periods.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking and drug use.
Solutions for stress-induced amenorrhea
A recent study in the USA has shown that Hypnotherapy can be one of the most effective treatments for Amenorrhea with 75% of women resuming their cycle within 3 months of having only one session of hypnotherapy.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness. Contrary to myth and popular belief at no time during the session are you in a trance or unaware of your surroundings, instead, you are in a very relaxed state of mind.
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