Can trauma effect your hormones? In my opinion yes! Symptoms may present themselves as cysts, fibroids, PMS and more. A large number of women over 35 have fibroids (me included) and most women don’t even notice them, ever! But for those of us who have been through an emotional trauma or a dramatic life event these fibroids can grow in size, become a nuisance, press on our bladders and make periods very heavy (as in my case)!
Trauma can manifest in different ways, perhaps a spouse or partner has cheated on you, walked out, or you have had bad news about a partners health, the health of your child or you just lost your job. Perhaps you’ve moved to another state, or another country and don’t know anyone, perhaps you’ve left your support system behind and you feel alone.
In my case it was going back to school full time at age 45. I loved school but the stress it put on me was crazy! I believe I was hormonally imbalanced to a small degree when I started school but with the pressure (on myself) to do well and get good grades, took my imbalance to a whole new level. I pushed myself harder than I needed to looking back on it, I had a support system in my husband but there were just the two of us bringing up two young boys. It was such an adjustment and learning curve that I failed to take into account how it would effect me in the long run. Within 3 months I was feeling the effects of adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance, but just didn’t know it then.
For the past 9 months I have worked on forgiving myself for being so hard on myself, I have worked on giving myself self-care every day, I could no longer deny that I had an imbalance.
By denying that we have a problem we are not allowing forgiveness of ourselves, or others. We forgive not for the other persons sake, we need to practice forgiveness for our sake. Forgiveness is the only way we can heal, the only way we can let go of the anger and rage we might be feeling towards ourselves or others. Forgiveness has allowed me to admit that I needed change, I needed to forgive myself fully and completely, I needed to find ways of taking care of myself again.
So, when I was diagnosed with fibroids I knew I needed a plan, and it didn’t involved surgery. I knew intuitively that I could shrink them myself without medical intervention, and thats exactly what I did. Try not to get caught up in the hype of being told that the only way your cysts, fibroids, PMS etc will go away is if you have surgery, take a good hard look at your life and see if you have experienced any trauma leading up to your symptoms, take a look at the care you give to yourself every day, take a look at your relationships – first and foremost.
Start there, deal with any forgiveness that needs to happen, look for recommendations for a good therapist, eat a healthy diet full of fresh vegetables and fruits, speak to a Holistic Nutritionist, Naturopath, or your MD if they are willing to listen and add in supplements to kick start your wellness journey, but above all seek help!
There is hope, there is a way back to balance and it starts with you being real, being able to see yourself as you really are, by asking for help with the aid of affirmations or reaching out to a loved one or professional.