September is National Ovarian Cancer awareness month. In honor of our amazing and powerful ovaries, here are highlights and excerpts from previous blog posts about our special girlfriends, the bakers. These girlies take care of our eggs, produce a majority of our female hormones and actively
engage in vital messages with other important organs.
As time goes on I hope the message that ovarian cancer is a silent killer gets flipped upside down. I’m optimistic that women will take more pro-active steps to managing their health because of how in tune they are with their body and more women will share their stories and experiences.
Here are seven symptoms to be aware of and take action regarding your ovary health:
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Abdominal bloating
- Urinating frequently and urgently
- Pain – pelvic, abdominal and back
- Feeling full quickly or problems eating
- Constipation or diarrhea
(See below for suggested reading for more details.)
Based on the symptoms above here are highlights from previous posts on the basics of the ovaries and how to strengthen your connection with your body.
The Ovaries are oval twin sisters flanking each side of the Uterus, with the help of ligaments that anchor their place in the group. They share the honor of safeguarding all the eggs that a women is born with. The Ovaries exchange many messages with their distant cousins- the Hypothalamus and Pituitary gland- in order to keep track of hormone levels. Each Ovary has a knack of encouraging the growth of immature eggs, and has a good eye of knowing when an egg is perfectly baked. Around the same time each month, one ovary makes an “ovulationary” toast- in hopes of the potential of life- and dishes out one mature egg into her friend the Fallopian Tube to kick off the magical journey. The other creative outlet of the twins is expressed by their ability to produce powerful hormones -estrogen & progesterone
Imagine if our bodies were designed so that all our organs were flipped on the outside. One of the ladies in your clique might say, “What’s up with the cysts sista? Or “What’s with those fibroids on your ovaries?” or “Girl, you got some serious scar tissue growing around that uterus—maybe that’s why your period sends you into bedridden spasms every month.” Or even, “What’s going on with that rash down there, girl?”
There’s a whole lot of complex activity going on inside your body that is not easy to see, but if you feel pain, discomfort, pressure, itching, and changes to your menstrual frequency or gas, something’s not right—your girls are talking to you…are you listening?…
You are your organs’ advocate and the only one who can give them a voice. Because you know what feels and looks normal, you are the only one who can be a first responder —to take action to help get things back in balance. The only gynecological cancer that is screened for is cervical cancer. It’s up to you to stay alert for signals that something is off with your organs.
Here are four opportunities for improved ovarian and gynecological awareness
- Create an Intimate Relationship
The earlier little girls learn to appreciate and value their body, especially their female reproductive organs, the better. Wouldn’t it be super if young girls sang songs about their female bodies and hormones in reverence rather than shame?
2. Listen Closely
To continue the drumbeat that women are not experiencing symptoms of ovarian cancer continues to victimize women, rather than empower them to increase awareness and take responsibility for their health.
3. Engage In Active Communication
Many athletes visualize hitting a home run, making a touchdown, or crossing a finish line. Visualization is a powerful tool for manifesting intentions and goals, and it’s not restricted to sports. You can visualize the health of your reproductive system. Just sit quietly, take a few deep breaths, and visualize your ovaries and other female organs. What do your ovaries look like? Your uterus? What color? What texture? If the picture presented isn’t your ideal, think about how you might change it.
4. Seek out Empowering Information for Healthful Action
It’s helpful to be informed about increased risks of ovarian cancer, whether you’re a post-menopausal woman considering hormone therapy (HT), an Ashkenazi Jewish woman with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, or a woman who’s considered obese (body mass index over 30) . These observed risks are general patterns across a broad spectrum of women. Seeking medical attention for information can make a big difference. However, keep in mind that you are a unique lady with your own special and detailed pattern. To take advantage of the gift of each day, it’s beneficial to be engaged in steps you can control to improve your health.
Here’s to creating stronger and intimate relationships with our female organs and for a natural and beneficial cure to cancer. I’m sending lots of healing vibes and prayers to women suffering with ovarian cancer!
- The Subtle Signs of Ovarian Cancer Every Woman Should Know – Explained by Survivors ~by Jenna Birch
- Why No One is Talking About Ovarian Caner ~by Jenna Birch
- Ovarian Cancer ~ American Cancer Society
- Dr. Christiane Northrup insights on ovarian cancer.