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Women’s Health

Many women who come in to see me are not keen on using pharmaceutical medications to treat their health concerns because they want to understand and treat the root cause of their issues, rather than consider a bandaid solution that often drives the disease deeper. My goal is to determine and treat the underlying cause of women’s health conditions and treat them naturally using diet and nutrition, herbal and homeopathic medicine, nutraceuticals, acupuncture and lifestyle approaches.

 

The Birth Control Pill & Menstrual Irregularities

The pill is prescribed for many “non-contraceptive” reasons (from acne to fibroids) and to regulate cycles that are too early, too late or too heavy. However, little consideration to side effects is given, such as blood clots and breast cancer. While the pill improves symptoms for a period of time, they generally come back often worse than before when the pill is discontinued. It’s my mission to help women get off the birth control pill as smoothly as possible in order to clear the cobwebs so that the underlying hormonal imbalance can be revealed and treated appropriately.

 

PMS and Breast Disorders

PMS can be mild for some women or debilitating for others. PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) is a much more severe form of PMS that affects 6-8% of women. Many women also experience tender or lumpy breasts prior to their menses, fatigue, mood changes as well as bloating and headaches. Regardless of the exact symptoms a woman is experiencing, uncovering the specific hormone imbalance is vital in determining treatment direction.

 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a disorder characterized by many fluid-filled cysts and excessive levels of male androgen hormones, which can cause acne, oily skin or course hair growth on the face and chest. Ovaries are typically enlarged and contain multiple cysts, but some women with PCOS have no cysts present. Symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstrual cycles with copious bleeding or a lack of periods altogether, difficulty conceiving or frequent miscarriages. It is also associated with insulin resistance and impaired glucose metabolism, causing obesity. Since there are 4 types of PCOS, I help women navigate this complex disease through specific lab work and functional hormone testing to bring hormones and blood sugar back into balance through individualized diet and exercise protocols, as well as specific herbs and nutraceuticals.

 

Difficulty Losing Weight

There are multiple factors involved in stubborn weight loss including blood sugar imbalance, insulin sensitivity, food sensitivities, excessive caloric consumption, poor adrenal stress adaptation, hormone and neurotransmitter imbalance, poor fat metabolism, insufficient sleep, chronic dehydration as well as the adverse effects of medications. My thorough patient intake allows for a more detailed assessment of all the factors that may be causing or contributing to obesity in my patients for a more comprehensive and lasting treatment approach.

 

Menopause

Not all women experience symptoms during menopause but for those who do, there are many natural solutions to make the transition smoother. During menopause, the ovaries slow down their production of estrogen and the adrenal glands are expected to take over. If the adrenals are exhausted, symptoms of estrogen deficiency can occur such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, anxiety and depression. My approach is to combine functional hormone testing with an individualize treatment plan that involves diet changes, exercise, stress management, herbal and nutritional supplements, as well as acupuncture.

 

Thyroid Imbalance

The thyroid gland sets the rate of your body’s metabolism and regulates nearly every cell of your body. Symptoms of low thyroid (hypothyroid) include: fatigue, weight gain, hair thinning, dry skin, brittle nails, constipation, menstrual problems or menopausal symptoms. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an auto-immune condition. Symptoms of increase thyroid gland activity (hyperthyroid) include: unintentional weight loss, rapid and pounding heartbeat, increased appetite and anxiety or irritability. Assessing thyroid function is not always straightforward so it’s important to assess specific markers that may have never been tested, as well as the function of other hormones including the sex and adrenal hormones. Determining the root cause of thyroid imbalance is imperative in optimizing thyroid hormone levels.

 

Recurring infections (BV, UTI, Yeast, Herpes)

Vaginitis can be caused by infectious organisms, such as bacteria, fungi or protozoa as well as chemical irritants and hormone imbalance, causing symptoms of burning, redness, swelling, itching and discharge. Frequent and/or low grade infections indicate an issue with the immune system, which often involves the gut and liver systems. Looking at infections from a holistic perspective, including the mental emotional components, is vital to improve the frequency and severity of these infections.

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