Hello, I've been wanting to write just to let you know about something that I've found really helpful over the past year related to hormones and periods. It's an organisation called Red School and they have a book called 'Wild Power' by Alexandra Pope and Sjani Hugo Wurlitzer. It's not for everyone probably, my friend Amanda who is a homeopath told me about the book when I was explaining to her about period difficulties (she hadn't read it at the time, just heard of it). We both read it. I absolutely loved the book, she found it really annoying! But I wanted to write about it on here as I've had difficulties with very painful periods pretty much ever since they started when I was 12, when I was 14 my GP put me on the pill to try to help the period pain and I think after that I've always had difficulty with hormones. I don't know what impact they've had on my mental health, but I do think there's a link (I had mental health experiences before having my daughter Josie and having PPP, I'd had about 4 psychotic episodes over 10 years before. I'm now diagnosed with mild schizophrenia which I found very helpful as it explained a lot.). I went to an acupuncturist last year for help with my period pain as I was finding that every month my menstrual cycle would mean I was less able to cope and feel balanced, I'd feel ill all over again. For the past year I've been reading the book Wild Power and have followed the approach they outline and I have found it has really really helped to sooth my period pain and also start to actually find meaning and possibility in my menstrual cycle. Red School have a number of courses and one 'Hormone Harmony' is free. They also have information on the menopause (though the courses on this a paid for). As I say, I don't think it will be for everyone (based upon my friend Amanda's reaction!) but I really wanted to post about it on the forum as I've found it really is helping me in a way that other approaches haven't, and it's simple, it's about noting down each day of your cycle and how you feel so that you can start to see patterns, and about getting rest (they know most of us can never find rest! But recommend a 1% rule - try to give yourself 1% of what you need every day. I've found it to be effective). It's not a book based on PPP at all. But I've found it's really helping me and to be able to follow what's going on with my body.
Sorry for such a long post! But really wanted to share it. Also related to books but in a very different way, there's a book by Margery Kempe who lived in the medieval period, It's her diary: 'The book of Margery Kempe' she was a really remarkable woman and in the first section she describes giving birth to her child and her experience afterwards, and it's a really vivid description of PPP. It just seems such a link to such a long ago time. I really wanted to write here about it, wondering if others have seen it, I've yet to read all the book! It's very dense, but I'm going to read it all, she was an incredible woman!
Very best wishes, Jen