Go with the flow

“Do not resist the changes happening in your body!” She repeated.“Do not become frightened either. The body is familiar  with  the  transformation.  You  have  to  trust!”,  her  voice  reassured  through  the  telephone  line.  “Try  to  rest. Now is not the right time to take on more and more work. You need to allow the process to run its course”, came her instruction, firm in her knowledge. After all, she had gone through menopause herself.

Now, in her early sixties, she can look back at the time when she did not know when to expect her next period, or how heavy it would be, to her present excellent state of health. From personal experience, she can say, “Just see it through!  You  won’t  believe  what  is  waiting  for  you!  Such  vitality  and  strength  will  come,  just  when  you  are  old enough to really enjoy life. All the struggles of children and beginning relationships, together with paying the bond on the house, is way behind you! Now is your time to progress from being a womb to being a mind!” Her infectious laughter was ringing in my ears, long after we had said goodbye.

Help   comes   in   many   ways.   Recently   I   was   given   a   copy   of   a   book   written   by   Dr   Vicki   Hufnagel,   MD,   a gynaecologist/obstetrician  who  works  in  America,  titled  ‘No  more  Hysterectomies’.  This  book  was  written  in  1989 with  very  relevant  information  for  women  wanting  to  know  more  about  the  pros  and  cons  of  hysterectomies.  The author is of the opinion that the loss of the uterus has far-reaching negative effects on a woman, whether physical or emotional. She reminds the reader that as many as 90% of all hysterectomies done in America could have been avoided.

The  loss  of  a  uterus  is  not  seen  as  being  significant  in  the  western  medical  world.  Women  are  told  that  they  are suffering  monthly  menstruation  for  no  reason  at  all,  and  should  feel  relieved  to  be  rid  of  a  troublesome  organ! Hysterectomies  may  be  done  for  the  wrong  reasons,  leaving  the  woman  to  experience  the  long-term  side  effects which   Dr   Hufnagel   lists   as:   Bladder,   kidney   and   urinary   tract   complications;   loss   of   ovarian   function,   bowel complications  such  as  irritable  bowel  syndrome  and  spastic  colon;  adhesions;  general  prolapse  of  intestines, bowels,  bladder  and  vagina,  (even  10  years  after  the  operation),  osteoporosis;  arthritis;  cardiovascular  disease; emotional problems such as depression, resulting in insomnia.

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