We’re going to talk about something this week that is focused on all of the women out there. Don’t worry, for all of you wonderful and incredible men, I care about you too and we’ll get to a topic that’s helpful for you next week!
For now let’s explore some things that can help those of you who want to know more about your reproductive health. You may want to explore this topic because often, we don’t. It’s so important, but people are so afraid to speak about it until they decide that they want to have children. I want you to know that wherever you are at, this is an important part of your world. Your health is so essential and I want you to be connected to your body in a positive way.
Now, what are some reproductive health issues that women may face?
This is something that can be quite painful and can be experienced in daily activities with sitting, exercising, or sexual intercourse. “Normally, your vaginal lining is lubricated with fluid that helps keep it thick and elastic. Vaginal dryness happens when the tissues in your vagina are dry, thin and not well-moisturized. This leads to discomfort, especially during sex.” (Article 3.) This often occurs when you hit menopause and your hormone levels change.
This is a problem that some women experience when trying to get pregnant. “Endometriosis is when the kind of tissue that normally lines the uterus grows somewhere else. It can grow on the ovaries, behind the uterus, on the bowels, or on the bladder.” (Article 2) The tissue that grows where it shouldn’t can lead to infertility, pain, and heavy periods.
If you are having any trouble getting pregnant, endometriosis may be a cause that you can talk with your doctor about.
I’ll leave this one to the experts because it’s something we don’t normally talk about: “Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic bladder condition resulting in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder or surrounding pelvic region. People with IC usually have inflamed or irritated bladder walls that can cause scarring and stiffening of the bladder. IC can affect anyone; however, it is more common in women than men.“ (Article 2)
This is something that some of us experience, and again, please talk with your doctors if you think this may be coming up for you.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is when specific cells in the immune system are affected by a viral infection. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that your body can’t protect itself and fight off infections. There is no cure for HIV, once you have it you will always have it. However, we have medical care now that helps us control the virus so that it doesn’t lead to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) which is the late stage of HIV infection. (Referenced from Article 2)
How does light therapy help?
"The best-known use for RLT (red light therapy) is to treat inflammation, wounds and pain. RLT increases blood flow to the area being treated. This helps bring more oxygen and nutrients to the cells and tissues, ultimately leading to faster wound healing and tissue repair," (Link 1)
For your reproductive organs, there are really amazing light therapy devices that actually emits warm heat intended to heat the vaginal tissue and encourage blood flow, which aids in natural lubrication to help soothe vaginal dryness. Let me know if you have questions about what this might look like!
What does the science say?
Most of the information out there for light therapy showcases how powerful light therapy can be to help relieve vaginal dryness and symptoms of menopause. There are still trials and tests being done for deeper work like Endometriosis. I will share new data and insights as they come up! In the meantime:
“Based on the preliminary evidence available, PBMT (photobiomodulation) is safe and appears to be efficacious in treating genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM.)” (Article 1.)
This showcases the power of light therapy helping with the transition of the body into menopause for conditions such as vaginal dryness and Interstitial Cystitis.
“As menopause decreases estrogen levels, vaginal dryness and skin laxity or looseness can occur. Since RLT can help with blood flow and collagen production, it's believed it could help improve laxity and vasodilation in the vagina, and there is some evidence to support this belief, according to a 2019 article published in the journal Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery.” (Link 1)
I’m so excited to share all of this valuable information with you. Some of it may feel heavy, so please reach out if you need to talk or process. I’m here for you always!
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