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The effects of stress on the female body

Stress can really effect our mood, relationships and bodies. A lot of stress over a long period of time can physically effect the female body.

Symptoms of stress

Sometimes we may not even realise how stressed we really are as we keep carrying on with juggling all our everyday tasks. Typically stress can show as:

  • Poor memory

  • Unable to concentrate

  • Changes in our appetite

  • Mood swings

  • Headaches

  • Feeling nauseous

  • Stomach problems

  • Lower sex drive

  • Chest pains/palpitations

Effects of stress on our bodies

Extreme stress can cause your periods to stop (amenorrhea), become irregular or cause more pain than they usually do.

  • Trouble conceiving

Stress can cause you to drink a little too much, eat a poor diet, exercise too much or not at all, and lower your sex drive. All of these can reduce your chances of conceiving.

  • Hormone imbalance

Stress can cause a hormone imbalance which in turn can cause your hair to fall out and cause other issues such as problems with your period, acne and weight gain.

  • Infections

Stress can lower our immune systems which may increase the likelihood of getting vaginal infections such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis.

Managing stress

To try and reduce your stress levels you could try:

  • Exercising

  • Eating a healthy diet

  • Getting a good nights sleep

  • Breathing exercises

  • Mindfulness

  • Talking to someone

If you are experiencing issues such as menstrual problems, hormone imbalance and trouble conceiving it may still be best to seek professional help to rule out any underlying conditions.

How do I book a consultation?

You can book a consultation with Evi Bakali via her secretary or direct with Spire Healthcare.

Appointments are available via private medical insurance or paying for yourself. Click here for the most up to date self funding fees and for private medical insurance information.

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