This weeks Rachel @OT_rach from OTalk is hosting the chat this is what she has to say,
I have recently listened to an audiobook call ‘Period Power’ by Melissa Hill.
The introduction starts with the following.
‘In my profession as a woman’s health specialist I get asked a lot of questions, questions that my clients have had since they were 13 that they still don’t have an answer for in their 30s. Questions that usually begin with why, such as
Why is my period so painful/short/light/long/heavy?
Why are they so frequent/irregular/rare?
Why have they stopped altogether?
Why do I feel so great one week and so bloody awful the next?
Why is my vagina sore dry/wet/sensitive?
Why does sex hurt sometimes/all the time?
Why don’t I want to have sex?
Why am I so horny?
Why am I so goddamn tired all the time?
Why do I get so bloated that my dress size jumps up two sizes?
Why do I feel anxious/stressed/depressed?
Why am I so full of rage.
The answer to all of these questions is it’s your hormones. ‘
In another chapter she goes on to describe.
Follicular Phase: Menstruation to Ovulation.
Your period and your cycle are a reflection of your overall health and can be affected by little and large life events. Those gallons of wine and platefuls of delicious stinky cheesy cheese you devoured over Christmas, the crazy work project that nearly broke you, the relationship issues that keep you up all night, the death of a loved one, weight gain or loss, travelling, finally quitting smoking, the supplements you been taking, the Yoga class you’ve been going to, the new job that you love, the great sex you’ve been having, – they all have an impact on whether your period is early or late, light or heavy, short or long and painful or pleasurable.
Period Power – Maisie Gill Greentree 2019
What struck me as I listen to this book was how a lot of what she described were occupations that we engage in, and it got me thinking, Do Occupational Therapists routinely assess clients menstrual cycle, it’s affect on functioning and ability to engage in occupations they need to or want to do?
As I listened I tweeted out some of my thinking, got some great responses and had some interesting discussions from the OT community. Including Katie Major @KatieCMajor, who kindly agree to co host this chat.
Below are some questions that I plan to ask during the chat on Tuesday to generate discussion.
Question 1) Do you routinely ask about, assess for or provide interventions relating to your clients menstrual cycle? If so please give examples.
Question 2) From your own experiences of having a menstrual cycle or from knowing someone that does, what impact does it have on engagement in occupations that you need to or want to do?
Question 3) What assessment tools could we use as occupational therapist to understand the impact a clients menstrual cycles may be having on their functioning?
Question 4) What are the possible interventions we could engage our clients in to enable them to manage the occupation of their dealing with their period?
Question 5) What are the possible interventions we could work on with clients to enable them to manage and understand the impact of the menstrual cycle on their ability to engage in occupations?
Loving forward to the chat, Rachel