Vaginal and vulval conditions
I love to work with women to improve all manner of vaginal and sexual health problems because I understand the impacts on your self esteem and enjoyment of life.
This is an under researched area of women's health and you might feel that it's hard to find good help or support for your vaginal condition.
~ regularly experience vaginal thrush?
~ swing between thrush and bacterial vaginosis?
~ get painful symptoms every time you have sex?
~ feel self conscious about your discharge or vaginal odour?
~ caught in a cycle of anti-fungal medications and/or antibiotics?
~ worried your discharge or odour is affecting your relationships?
~ worried that your vaginal health might be impacting your fertility or pregnancy?
supporting the health of your vagina and vulva
The vagina contains it's own unique microbiome, which is a balance of bacteria, viruses and fungi. The balance of microbes in the vagina is important for vaginal health.
Many of the common vaginal conditions can be improved by working to balance the vaginal microbiome.
Your vaginal microbiome changes with fluctuations in hormones and is also impacted by diet, hormonal contraceptives, sex, hygiene, and what we put into our vaginas such as tampons, soaps, lubricants and condoms.
A healthy microbiome can protect against urinary tract infections, Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), Candida (thrush) and sexually transmitted infections such as genital herpes and HPV.
The vaginal microbiome can also influence fertility and healthy pregnancy.
Getting to the root cause of vaginal conditions
The underlying reason for your infection, discharge, odour, burning sensation, itching, or vaginal inflammation can usually be determined by a vaginal swab and discussions about your diet and lifestyle.
Research in this area shows that there are a range of factors that can affect the balance of your vaginal microbiome and make you more prone to infections and disturbances.
Hormones, smoking, diet, alcohol, sex, condoms and lubricants are all factors that can affect your vaginal microbiome.
I can support you to break the cycle by adjusting and modifying your risk factors, while supporting you with natural remedies in the form of:
to support the health of your vaginal microbiome.
Working to support your vaginal microbiome and reduce risk factors for vaginal conditions can take some time. It is not a quick fix and may take many months to achieve.
I will support you to make these changes and you will be so pleased when you have achieved your goal of a healthy vagina!
Urinary Tract Infections UTI
Are you stuck in a cycle of urinary tract infections treated by antibiotics that then causes Candida or BV? If you are, you're certainly not alone. This is a common complaint I hear.
Herbal medicine is an excellent alternative to antibiotics if you are experiencing a urinary tract infection. Herbal remedies can break the cycle of vaginal discharge problems following UTI's because the herbs don't interfere with your vaginal microbiome.
Unbalanced vaginal microbiome and fluctuating levels of estrogen throughout your cycle can put you at risk of more frequent or recurring UTI's.
I recommend a therapeutic dose of soothing and anti-bacterial herbs, to tone the bladder and fight infections without disrupting the microbiome.
Lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as probiotics to combat recurring urinary tract infections, will be recommended depending on the underlying cause of your UTI's.
Postmenopausal vagina and vulval health
After menopause your ovaries are no longer producing estrogen and as a result you might experience vaginal dryness, loss of lubrication and thinning of the vaginal lining causing discomfort, and pain with sex.
Vaginal atrophy can be influenced by oral and topical herbal remedies, diet changes, probiotics, moisturisers and lubricants. I have tips and tricks to support the pH of your vagina and your overall postmenopausal sexual health.
If you are post menopause you might have also found that you can be more prone to urinary tract infections and vulval irritation.
Two common vulval conditions after menopause are dermatitis and lichen sclerosis. These conditions must be diagnosed by a doctor before consulting your naturopath.
Do you find that you have more time and self awareness to enjoy a fulfilling sex life, but are frustrated by lower libido and painful vaginal conditions?
Don't feel shy. This is a topic that I've talked to hundreds of women about!
Do you feel like your sex drive is not what you'd like it to be? Have you lost the motivation to have sex?
Libido is different for everyone. There is no right or wrong when it comes the amount of sex you want to have. Many people experience surges and dips in their libido throughout their lives and this is normal.
I often get asked about libido in clinic, especially when I work with women raising a young family, or women transitioning through menopause.
I see libido as being on a sliding scale. The more factors that are reducing your libido, the more likely it is that you won't feel like sex.
Could you be:
busy or stressed
dealing with a major health concern
reassessing the type of sex/partner/issues within a current relationship
dealing with STI's, or vaginal discharge
smoking, or over consuming alcohol
living with unresolved trauma
undergoing hormonal change
lacking in energy and vitality
experiencing poor sleep
feeling overweight/flat/bored/low self esteem
not exercising, eating a poor diet
affected by cultural programming about ageing
finding sex painful or experiencing vaginal dryness
I can support your libido in several ways:
Uncover the underlying reason(s) for your low libido:
Support hormones, stress management and cardiovascular health with herbal medicine.
Balance vaginal microbiome to eliminate problems with vaginal discharge or odour
Support the integrity of the tissue within the vagina to ensure that sex is not painful.
You're in the right place if you want to:
~ break the cycle of vaginal infections and reliance on medications
~ understand how to support your vaginal health naturally
~ take a holistic long term approach to your vaginal and sexual health