Women’s Health Issues
• Annual gynecological and breast exams
• Natural bio-identical hormone replacement
Naturopathic Treatments for Women’s Health issues such as:
- Vaginal Infections
- Cycle Problems
- Breast and bladder problems
- Sexual Function
- Fibroids and more
Many women struggle with an inability to get pregnant. The facts are that some simple changes might help. A naturopathic doctor can help a woman understand the factors underlying their difficulty in getting pregnant. If you are having trouble getting pregnant, consulting a naturopathic physician will provide you with strategies that will help you increase your chances.
Menstrual problems are very common for women of all ages. Painful menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome are some of the diseases that can cause a woman pain, discomfort, emotional lability, and fertility problems.
A naturopathic physician will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine which of these factors is involved in your particular situation. Once the key causes are identified, an ND will develop a comprehensive treatment plan will be developed. Diet will be a cornerstone of the treatment, and will be individually tailored to balance hormones, minimize inflammation, and reduce toxic burden. Homeopathic remedies may be useful as well.
Hands on therapy, or physical therapy, can also be helpful for some of these conditions. Visceral manipulation is one type of gentle hands on therapy that can be very helpful for painful menstrual cramps.
Vaginal discharge, itching, and pain are typical symptoms of vaginitis, a common condition for women. While these are generally not serious or life threatening diseases, they can be very unpleasant. A naturopathic physician can accurately diagnose these conditions, and give you effective treatment options that are safe and natural. It is important that you have an evaluation to identify exactly what is causing your symptoms and to rule out anything that might be a serious problem.
Once a diagnosis has been made, an ND will work with you to develop a plan that includes diet, nutrients, and local herbal treatments to clear up vaginitis for good.
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
Many women suffer from painful, swollen breasts before their menstrual periods. This condition, called fibrocystic breast disease or FBD, is not serious, but causes lots of anxiety and discomfort for many women. Fortunately, FBD can be very effectively controlled by a naturopathic approach. Once a diagnosis is made, an ND will develop a treatment plan that will be focused on reducing inflammation in the breast, and balancing hormones to avoid an excess estrogen activity on the breasts.
Avoiding caffeine is an important part of an FBD treatment plan, as even small amounts of caffeine can trigger FBD symptoms. An anti-inflammatory diet will be recommended. This diet is one that emphasizes essential fatty acids that come from plant foods and minimizes saturated fats that come from meats and animal products. There are also herbs and nutrients that can help to balance hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.
An ND can be a vital part of your weight loss program by bringing innovative ideas and strategies to your weight loss plan. The secret to weight loss is really not a secret at all. It is basically a formula that includes calories in, calories out, and metabolic rate. Naturopathic medicine does not have any magic bullets for weight loss. However, strategies for maximizing metabolic rate with diet, nutritional supplements and exercise can help to accelerate your weight loss.
Safe and effective programs that encourage modest but steady weight loss and emphasize life long changes in eating and activity patterns will be the foundation of a naturopathic approach to weight loss. Emotional aspects of dysfunctional eating patterns will also be a focus of naturopathic treatment approaches.
All women will sooner or later face this very natural and normal transition. Hot flashes, emotional instability, insomnia, menstrual changes, and changes in libido are all very common symptoms of menopause. Fortunately, these symptoms are temporary, and will eventually end. These symptoms are not a disease; they are signs of a changing internal environment.
A naturopathic physician can help a woman sort through the vast and confusing amount of information on this subject. Once her particular needs and concerns are understood, a treatment plan will be developed to help ease her transition into a healthy and happy new era. There are many non-hormonal therapies that can help effectively treat menopausal symptoms. Many dietary, exercise, and botanical therapies have research showing they can successfully treat hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. Utilizing an ND for assistance in navigating the menopausal transition can definitely ease the passage.