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Hormone changes in women: puberty and the menstrual cycle

Throughout her life, a woman’s body experiences numerous hormonal upheavals from a very young age. These hormones are biological messages between the various organs in our body, and puberty and the menstrual cycle are one of these key moments when they are most disturbed by natural fluctuations.


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Puberty: when hormones come into play

The arrival of periods at puberty, at around 11-13 years of age, marks the start of the menstrual cycle in women. This time may be accompanied by unbearable discomfort or pain. The severity of the symptoms caused by the menstrual cycle varies among women.

Periods can cause pain in the pelvis or lower back that is sometimes intense, as well as nausea and vomiting. Also, many women experience fluctuations in both body and mind during their menstrual cycle, due to hormonal variations.


Effective remedies for menstrual discomfort

Having variable length and intensity, the problems caused by periods can have a serious effect on women. If quality of life is affected, it is recommended to talk to a specialist doctor, particularly a homeopath so that an appropriate treatment can be initiated. Whether it concerns late or painful periods, or complicated menopause, the problems of the menstrual cycle can be effectively relieved by homeopathy.

Some homeopathic medicines can, for example, calm gynaecological disorders, particularly during puberty and the late periods experienced by young girls. Others can relieve very painful periods, breast pain during periods and can alleviate menstrual migraines, as well as hypersensitivity.


Homeopathy: an ally against endometriosis

Apart from these menstrual cycle symptoms, women fear endometriosis, a chronic disease related to the tissue that lines the uterus. As we know, under the effect of hormones (oestrogens), during the cycle, the endometrium (internal mucosa of the uterus) thickens ready for potential pregnancy, and if there is no fertilisation, it breaks down and bleeds. This is referred to as periods.

During this time, the immune system organises itself to destroy the cells dispersed in the abdomen. However, in 10% of women, the endometrial tissue that develops outside the uterus is not destroyed and grafts to the organs, causing lesions, adhesions and ovarian cysts. This leads to endometriosis.

Endometriosis manifests as heavy and painful periods. It is also characterised by irregular periods, nausea and dizziness. Sexual intercourse may be painful especially during penetration. Lastly, women are at risk of infertility. Again, homeopathy is an alternative and can be an effective treatment to alleviate the symptoms of the disease.

As a background therapy or during recurrent episodes of pain, homeopathy can help relieve pain.


The need for comprehensive care to treat patients physically and mentally

Lastly, and this is its strength, homeopathy not only acts on symptoms, but also has a deeper role to play. It is interested in the individual as a whole, which is essential with hormonal disturbances, which affect both physical and mental balance.