CRYING - by Julia Meanwell “The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears”. John Vance Cheney (Poet) At times, there’s nothing like a good old cry to help us feel better. Many experts subscribe to the view that tears act as a release valve by helping the body to disperse deep emotion which if left unexpressed may affect us both physically and emotionally. However, excessive crying can be a sign of more serious conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and postnatal depression which might necessitate professional therapeutic or medical intervention. Neuroscientist and tear researcher Dr William H. Frey II, has spent 15 years studying the effects of crying. His research has shown that 85% of women and 73% of men felt less sad and angry after crying. According to Frey, “crying is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration, it’s a healthy one”. He found that there is an important chemical difference between emotional or stressrelated tears and those simply caused by physical irritants such as when cutting onions. In 1922 bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovered that human tears contain a germ-fighting enzyme which he named lysozyme. Each tear that you shed contains a mass of these enzymes. So, it seems there are many benefits from crying, for a start crying is a natural way to reduce emotional stress by flushing out the stress hormone cortisol. Too much of this chemical can lead to stress related health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity. A Japanese study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis found that the people who cried more easily had less pain and fewer symptoms than those that bottled-up their tears. If you are in the company of someone that is crying the best thing you can do is just listen. Be patient and give of your time, don’t expect explanations as to why they are crying; they will tell you in their own time and of their own choosing. Some people may want a hug whilst others could find physical contact really uncomfortable; always best to check this out with them. You may be tempted to say ‘stop crying’ but this could be prevent them from experiencing a cathartic emotional release which can be both healing and cleansing at the same time! Local counsellor Julia Meanwell, has been in practice for over 20 years, she has a wealth of experience, empathy and understanding to offer clients. Julia began her counselling career as a relationship counsellor with Relate which incorporated working in television and radio. Julia can be contacted via her website: juliameanwellcounselling.co.uk email firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call on : 07714 280083. Revolutionary treatment which could transform women’s lives is now being offered at Benenden Hospital. The Hospital, in Benenden, near Cranbrook, Kent, is introducing a new and ground breaking treatment called the MonaLisa Touch ® . Benenden is one of the first hospitals in the UK to offer the treatment and the only hospital in Kent. The service has been introduced as part of the Hospital’s commitment to women’s health. As well as helping menopausal women the treatment may also help younger women who are experiencing similar symptoms as a result of hormonal treatment or chemotherapy for cancer. The MonaLisa Touch ® is a non-surgical laser technology treatment for women who have vaginal discomforts such as as dryness, burning, vulvar itching and painful intercourse. These are symptoms of vaginal atrophy, a thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls, due to the body having less oestrogen. These symptoms are often associated with the menopause but can also happen after breast cancer treatment. The MonaLisa Touch ® is used widely across the world having treated more than 20,000 women. By acting on tissue of the vagina the laser stimulates the production of collagen, improving the functioning of the treated area and restoring proper blood flow, reversing the effects of vaginal atrophy. The treatment is carried out during three short sessions over a period of around 18 weeks and takes place in an Outpatient setting. A follow up annual treatment is also required. It does not require anaesthetic. Each treatment lasts just a few minutes, it is delivered at four - six weekly intervals and many patients report a significant improvement in symptoms even after the first session. At Benenden Hospital the treatment will be available to private patients and at a discounted price to Benenden members. Private medically insured women would need to speak with their provider to see if they were covered for the condition. Rowan Connell, who leads the Gynaecology team at Benenden Hospital, said: “This is a huge step forward for women who can’t take oestrogen for vaginal dryness. It is quick, painless and minimally invasive. It has been shown to be very effective.” The MonaLisa Touch ® treatment is for: postmenopausal women who do not wish to take Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) women who tried HRT but did not find relief for vaginal dryness women who cannot have HRT, for instance, women who have been treated for breast cancer women who have tried other treatments with no success Peri-menopausal women (women in their late forties) who have been troubled by vaginal dryness but do not want to take HRT Women who have had chemotherapy for cancer, women who have had pelvic radiation therapy for cancer and women who have had hormonal treatment following breast cancer The MonaLisa Touch ® is not an alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Some women taking HRT may get additional benefit from the MonaLisa Touch ®. The two treatments are not mutually exclusive. To find out more please contact Benenden Hospital’s Private Patient Office on 01580 242 521. Benenden Hospital is an independent hospital for members of Benenden, private patients, medically insured patients and some NHS patients through the e-referral scheme. It offers a wide range of treatments and services. MonaLisa Touch ® is a registered trademark of DEKA M.E.L.A. srl – Calenzano - Italy.
It’s OK to talk about it. While personal health issues, like some symptoms of the menopause may be hard to discuss, they can be even harder to live with. It’s a relief to be able to talk about it and find the right treatment. Benenden Hospital is proud to be one of the first hospitals in the UK to introduce the MonaLisa Touch®, a scientifically proven laser therapy for vaginal health. MonaLisa Touch® is a quick, hormone-free procedure that helps women reclaim their quality of life and enjoy personal relationships more fully. Call us on 01580 230 420 benendenhospital.org.uk The Benenden Hospital Trust is a company limited by guarantee Registered in England, number 3454120. Registered charity number 1065995, Registered office, The Benenden Hospital Trust, Goddard’s Green Road, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 4AX It’s OK to talk about it. is a registered trademark of Cynosure UK - A Hologic company MonaLisa Touch® is a registered trademark of DEKA M.E.L.A. srl – Calenzano - Italy. To advertise in Golden Times call Debby on 01424 429139 or email email@example.com 11