Physical risks and discomfort (long) after sexual abuse
We tend to focus on the emotional stress after sexual abuse, but there are many physical problems, often related to emotional stress. For instance tension headaches and nausia. Not to mention the risk of selfmutilation, eating disorders etc.
Extremely uncomfortable cramps
We women know all the effects of PMS: Wanting to hide until it’s over. Cramps, headaches, grumpiness. You don’t want to see anybody. Hormones running wild.
I never did any extensive research but I noticed all my female clients complaining about extreme physical discomfort during their periods. Extreme in the sense of extreme bloodloss, extreme cramps and having their periods more often than the regular cycle.
Physical risks after sexual abuse
- higher risk of cervical cancer
- higher risk of myoma
- infection of the genitals
- damaged and/or numb genitals
- stomach or colon cramps
The younger the victim at the time of abuse, the higher the risk.
When I found out about the high risks to my health, I became even more furious at the man who abused me. I had suffered very painful periods for years and only found some relief after quite a few sessions in homeopathy.
All the risks he exposed me to, makes me even more determined to break the silence. I don’t want to be a victim. I know we can all heal from sexual abuse. But it’s time we face all the uncomfortable truths. It’s time to share the physical effects from child abuse with the media as well. It’s too significant and damaging not to.
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