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Intersection of medical science and psychology, research and clinical practice insights for daily life.

    Perimenopause

    Perimenopause

    Introducing a new and for more than 50% of the global population a lifetime incidence being affected by. Natural menopause does not occur suddenly. A period called perimenopause usually begins a few years before the last menstrual cycle. There are two stages in the transition.
     
    Perimenopausal Symptoms
    During perimenopause, women may have various symptoms. Symptoms differ among women and may range from mild to severe. Hot flashes, an intense sudden build-up of body heat, are the most common symptom. Some women have no symptoms.
     
    Symptoms
    Mood changes. Mood changes and irritability are usually due to a combination of sleeplessness and hormonal swings. Some women find the menopausal transition to be psychologically stressful; some develop clinical depression. Women may be more at risk if they have experienced severe PMS mood swings or have a history of clinical depression. Perimenopausal depression usually goes away within a few years after menopause. In general, depression is less common during the postmenopausal years than in the premenopausal ones.
     
    Treatment
    Menopause is a natural condition. It is not a disease that needs medical treatment. However, some women seek treatment for the relief of perimenopausal symptoms.
     
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    References
    https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/report/menopause#:~:text=Early%20Stage.,be%20sudden%20surges%20in%20estrogen.

    • 7 min
    Lifestyle factors and endometriosis

    Lifestyle factors and endometriosis

    Many aspects play a role in our body-mind health balance and may contribute to the trajectory of medical conditions. Women’s health issues frequently, remain undetected or mistakenly diagnosed. One of these issues, which affects an estimated of 10% women globally, endometriosis. It has enormous implications on the quality of a woman's life. This severe inflammatory condition occurs  globally in 190 million women of reproductive age (1). Endometriosis can cause constant and intense pelvic pain, especially during periods, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and infertility. Endometriosis is the cause of 70% of all chronic pelvic pain cases in women in the United States (2). The cost of illness burden is significant in women with chronic pelvic pain, particularly the productivity costs (3). They are the greatest contributor to overall costs. Given pain is the most significant contributor, priority should be given to improving pain control in women with pelvic pain (4).
     
    It is a chronic disease associated with severe, life-impacting pain during periods, sexual intercourse, bowel movements and/or urination, chronic pelvic pain, abdominal bloating, nausea, fatigue, and sometimes depression, anxiety, and infertility.
    There is currently no known cure for endometriosis and treatment is usually aimed at controlling symptoms.
    Access to early diagnosis and effective treatment of endometriosis is important, but is limited in many settings, including in low- and middle-income countries (5).
    Treatment
    Treatments to manage endometriosis can vary based on the severity of symptoms and whether pregnancy is desired. No treatments cure the disease.
    A range of medications can help manage endometriosis and its symptoms.
    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and analgesics (painkillers) like ibuprofen and naproxen are often used to treat pain.
    Hormonal medicines like GnRH-analogues and contraceptive (birth control) methods can also help control pain.
    These methods include:
    pills
    hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs)
    vaginal rings
    implants
    injections
    patches
    References
     
     
    References
    https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2023-03-14-global-study-shows-experience-endometriosis-rooted-genetics#:~:text=Endometriosis%20has%20enormous%20implications%20on,depression%2C%20anxiety%2C%20and%20infertility.
    Payne JA. Acupuncture for Endometriosis: A Case Study. Med Acupunct. 2019 Dec 1;31(6):392-394. doi: 10.1089/acu.2019.1379. Epub 2019 Dec 13. PMID: 31871528; PMCID: PMC6918512.
    Armour M, Lawson K, Wood A, Smith CA, Abbott J. The cost of illness and economic burden of endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain in Australia: A national online survey. PLoS One. 2019 Oct 10;14(10):e0223316. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223316. PMID: 31600241; PMCID: PMC6786587.
    https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/endometriosis
    https://www.endometriosis-uk.org/endometriosis-facts-and-figures
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    • 6 min
    Lost in translation

    Lost in translation

    LHave you experienced such a situation yourself, where just completely foreign to all around?
    Staying in Shanghai for my research after a quick stop over in Hong Kong, which I’ve visited early 2020 and early 2024. Yes, it’s different too, but by no means as much as the city I so love and lived in 10 years ago. The feeling of being all so foreign and seen as a stranger, is quite a unique encounter in today’s globalized world. It’s interesting to face this situation as a white woman. It’s such a rare encounter and I guess a large majority in the west hadn’t encountered it, on any of their global trips. It’s in a way a good thing for the white majority to experience, makes one more humble, but also at the same time more entitled, a strange combination.
    How do we cope with the loneliness, such an experience brings?
    How to deal with the frustration of being lost in translation?
    How to avoid abusing the privileged status and lack of social control?
     
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    • 9 min
    Regaining your balance

    Regaining your balance

    Currently on a global research trip in Hong Kong and Shanghai, combining research and clinical work in Europe at the same time is a stretch, considering the 7 hours time difference. On top being in a place that’s become very foreign and without Madarin Chinese proficiency hardly possible to navigate without a local support. Luckily, I do speak Mandarin Chinese and used to live in a very different, way more international Shanghai. Getting around is therefore possible for me, without getting lost.

    This daily challenging bridging of obligations in all directions and feeling it’s never enough. That’s the hardest feeling of all. So what can we do to keep up with the best personal balance?
    Reflections over regaining and reshaping balance in body and mind:
    Rebalancing nutrition and healthy eating habits, sleep, exercise, family obligations, work, and other social activities. Wow, it’s a lot!

    Take one step at a time! Seek help to mediate, if it’s too difficult to cope with all the tasks and people involved. Be humble to what you know and seek help from experts, that’s very important!

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    • 5 min
    Global female networking

    Global female networking

    Global female networking
     
    Travelling globally for research, takes a creative mind to figure out the options available to make it happen. I love to combine exercising and meeting people, a walk and even just a quick coffee in between meetings, lectures, running errands, and heading to the airport.
    Flexibility and creativity are queen.
     
    The more we take care and accommodate to the external situation of time zones, season, weather, and our personal rhythm, the smoother the transitions. Female bodies are complex, the hormones, and cycle being impacted by change of time zones, mixing up the circadian rhythm. Be mindful and balance your daily obligations well.
    Personally, yoga and running are a very helpful tool to adjust to Jetlag. Yet, I do notice myself to be more hyper vigilant, potentially the circadian rhythm that’s out of balance, the digestive system, and the hormonal balance in the body.
     
    Note from a frequent global traveler:
    I did understand to slow down, planning less meetings, and being more go with the flow, attuned to my body and mind’s needs!!
     
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    • 8 min
    Lifespan development of a modern woman

    Lifespan development of a modern woman

    In today’s society, women’s roles have shifted. They’re no longer out of reach when it comes to power. They’re in power over the most relevant subject of all societies. To decide over their fertility, their trajectory in terms of when and if and how many children they envision to have. Birth rates have dropped drastically over the past decades and are continuing on a downward spiral.
    It is about time to inquire what factors mainly play into, why women choose to postpone their family planning, have very few children, children by themselves, children at a late stage or decide to be childless.
    Governments around the world would like to know the answer to these questions.
    In our global research project, analysing women’s fertility planning, we want to find the root of this global trend.
    As women we need to put ourselves out there and explore the world, connect and exchange with other women from different social backgrounds. These exchanges provoke reflection and potential change of old norms.
    That’s exactly what I’m doing right now; flying to Hong Kong to connect with global women at an event at Upper House on understanding female health.
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    • 9 min

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