Women's Health

This is a big subject and this page is here to give you a general introduction. Do check out the other pages on the site so far:

 

PMS & Periods

Menopause

Fertility

Pregnancy

Bacterial Vaginosis

Oestrogen Dominance (or Estrogen Dominance if you're one of our US followers!)

 

For hormone testing, do read the Hormone Tests Overview and FAQ

Introduction

Many women suffer needlessly with ‘hormone problems,' especially Premenstrual Syndrome and Menopausal symptoms. We have been approached on more than one occasion by a husband looking for a quieter life!

 

But seriously, it is no fun feeling like you're at the mercy of your hormones.

 

There can be several causes, most often mineral deficiency, malabsorption, a sluggish and overloaded liver and blood sugar imbalance, and treatment is designed to address these issues.

 

We can also help with other problems including irregular, heavy, painful or absent periods, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), chronic cystitis or thrush, cyclical migraine, endometriosis, fibroids and breast pain.

 

Many women are concerned about breast cancer. Genetic tests (for the BRCA gene) are now available if you have a family history so talk to your GP about those if necessary. Even if you do have it, though, there is much you can do to offset that predisposition; much of the risk and triggers are diet-related and environmental.

 

It's also a good idea to think about having an oestrogen metabolism test to check if you are oestrogen-dominant and therefore at greater risk of oestrogen sensitive cancers. You can then take steps to reduce andoffset the oestrogen.

 

Remember, though, diet and lifestyle, in particular the intake of chemical toxins on a day to day basis, play a major part in the development of cancer and we can all lower our risk dramatically by following a good healthy lifestyle. If you choose, we can also talk through your medical history and provide you with our cancer prevention programme. If you have already suffered cancer, please ask us about our cancer support programme. Read more about those here.

 

Another major concern for women is osteoporosis. There are many myths about calcium, bone density etc, but the simple fact is that cultures who take in far less calcium than us do not get osteoporosis. We take the view that it's not how much calcium we take in, but whether the body can use it properly.

 

 Again, there is a very useful and inexpensive Osteoporosis Risk assessment urine test we often use to tell if you are at risk of developing it or indeed if you're still losing it on or after therapy. Biochemical markers in the urine show long before any density loss will show up on scans whether you are breaking down bone. We will suggest the test and then give you an osteoporosis prevention programme to follow if necessary.

 

Fertility problems are also something we are often asked to help with. If there is no mechanical reason such as blocked tubes stopping you conceiving, we may be able to help as the problem is often a combination of nutrient deficiency, body toxicity and hidden infection. For a healthy pregnancy, we have a 4 month preconception plan for both partners.

 

Irritating vaginal issues can sometimes need sorting out. Could you be reacting to loo paper/toiletries/sanitary wear? Many people completely miss those and I have seen it often (not literally, of course!). If you think infection is involved, check out candida and bacterial vaginosis to start with.

 

    

Women's health problems can sometimes be helped by therapies such as reflexology, Bowen therapy, cranial massage and acupuncture especially.

 

 

Important

Remember - always check out with your health practitioner or GP before starting anything new especially if you are taking any other medicines, are pregnant or trying to conceive or have high blood pressure. See here for more advice on interactions with meds and general cautions.

 

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