Have you ever heard of "Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology"?
I hadn't either.
But a recently published study, followed by a little more research into the subject, lead me to this interesting area of medicine!
The study published in the British Medical Journal looked a the connection between: "bilateral oophorectomy" (removal of both ovaries) and trauma or adverse experiences (either in child- or adulthood).
Research found abuse, neglect, and violence all significantly increased the risk factor for this surgery before menopause.
The reason women may get an oophorectomy, or ovarian removal, can be for conditions such as:
Early removal of a vital female organ such as the ovaries does not come without risk. The ovaries are in charge of producing estrogen and progesterone. When removed before menopause, where production of these hormones would naturally decline, you lose the protective and beneficial effects of these hormones.
This means that women who have this procedure are more at risk for:
This study highlights an important connection in female health and gynecology issues with mental health and psychological stress.
Other studies have looked at these connections too!
They show the importance of treating both the women's health concern and any associated psychological stress or dysfunction.
While some of these may just be associations, rather than a clear cause and effect, we know the mind-body connection is powerful beyond belief. There are likely several ways that our thoughts, experiences, and behaviours can impact our gynecological health (and visa versa).
Here are a few other connections that have been found:
If you have menstrual, breast, ovarian, or other gynecological concerns, it worth looking at how your mental health has been impacted by these concerns, and how it may even be worsening or contributing to your physical health issues.
Simple tips to improve the gynecological and psychological connection:
Yours in health,
Dr. Ashley Nelson
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