Women's hormone health
I absolutely love teaching women how to tune in and work with the rhythms of their own body by practicing menstrual cycle awareness.
We have come to accept that it's normal for menstruation, reproduction and menopause to be accompanied by pain or problems. This is not the case!
For too long women have been offered only a pill and told that it will 'regulate' their hormones. What I can teach you is how to use natural plant medicines to see you through the ups and downs of your menstrual cycle.
So many women are looking for a natural alternative to oral contraceptives, surgery and HRT. If that's you, you've come to the right place! I have managed my own cycle for 40 years without medical intervention and have spent thousands of hours helping other women too.
Having a healthy, regular, and pain free period is a great sign of wellbeing. Let me show you how to live in harmony with your cycle.
Menstrual cycle awareness
You're in the right place if you're looking for a natural way to live in harmony with your menstrual cycle.
The powerful tools I use to help you with your menstrual cycle are plant medicines (food and herbs).
Symptoms around ovulation, before, or during a period, are the way our body lets us know that something is not right.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
If you suffer from:
headaches or migraines
in the lead up to your period, you're not alone!
PMS symptoms are NOT something that must be endured month after month! These symptoms respond well to dietary changes and herbal remedies.
Plant medicines (herbs and food changes) can be used very effectively to balance your hormones, support your nervous system, and assist with sugar cravings.
If you're not having a regular cycle there can be a number of underlying causes:
Stress or trauma
Puberty or perimenopause
Problems with nutrition or exercise
It's important that we work together to uncover the root cause of your irregular cycle and then introduce the foods and natural medicines that are most appropriate to support your regular cycle.
Herbal medicines and diet changes are very effective at regulating and gently encouraging a regular cycle.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
A diagnosis of Polycystic ovaries is more common than you might expect. It is also something that can be reversed with dietary changes and herbal medicines.
PCOS responds well to herbs that balance and regulate the menstrual cycle. Blood sugar regulation and/or adrenal health are often part of the PCOS health picture.
Herbal medicine, in conjunction with diet and nutritional supplements, can balance blood sugar regulation and improve ovulation.
Hypothalamic amenorrhoea is when you lose your period due to not eating enough of the nutrients that are required for ovulation.
A nutritional plan and supplementation can help to reestablish your menstrual cycle.
PCOS and Hypothalamic amenorrhea can easily be confused.
Irregular periods in women over 40
If you're over 40 and your periods are not as regular as they used to be, this is probably a sign that you're entering perimenopause.
Perimenopause is the 5 to 10 years leading up to the end of your period, which women experience by roughly the age of 51.
If you're in perimenopause then your changing cycles might also be accompanied by heavier bleeding, clots, anxiety, migraines, worse PMS, depression, hot flushes or night sweats.
If you're over 40 you will benefit from reading my blog:
Do you experience pain with your period? If you are taking pain killers, having multiple days off work or uni, or you are curled up on the floor and vomiting from pain, then this is NOT normal.
It is normal to feel some discomfort with your period and you can read more about normal period pain in this blog.
For many women the cramps with their periods can be dramatically improved with diet changes and herbal remedies.
Herbal remedies are not something you have to take month after month. I usually find that after some tweaks to you diet and a few months of herbal remedies, the pain doesn't reoccur.
If you have severe period pain then you might be diagnosed with endometriosis or adenomyosis.
Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that causes severe pain before, during and after menstruation and often also at other times of the month.
Endometriosis pain is caused by lesions that can grow both inside and outside of the pelvis. The pain is affected by estrogen fluctuations and can be felt by some women when they are urinating or having a bowel movement.
Common symptoms of endometriosis include:
severe period pain (often with nausea)
lower pelvic bloating
'stabbing' pain with ovulation
lower back pain
heavy menstrual bleeding
It's common for women to experience severe period pain for many years before being diagnosed with endometriosis. It's important to know if your period pain is normal or if it could be endometriosis.
Naturopaths often examine the gut microbiome of patients with endometriosis. This is because there is a correlation between gut dysbiosis and endometriosis.
It is not unusual to work with women who experience both endo and SIBO because they can influence each other.
An overactive immune system is often the link between the dysbiosis and endometriosis. Naturopaths will work with you to regulate inflammation, manage pain, balance the microbiome and support your immune system.
You might like to read my blog: An update on endometriosis.
Postnatal depletion syndrome
Women with postnatal depletion syndrome don't feel well. They don't feel that they are able to cope in the same way they did before their baby was born. This can affect women for 2 or even more years after the birth of a baby.
Women with postnatal depletion may experience a number of the following issues:
Low energy levels, low libido
Poor recovery from illness
Anxiety, self doubt, worry, heightened inner critic, hyper-vigilance
Hair loss, acne
Worsening of existing medical issues
You might be interested in reading my blog:
I have become very interested in this area of naturopathy because I frequently work with women in their early 40s who are struggling with many areas of their health and also have very young children to care for.
When a woman is very depleted postnatally and possibly also be breastfeeding, healthy eating may not be enough to supply all the nutrients you need. I usually recommend supplementation and a simple herbal formula to new mums.
As you start to feel better and have more time and energy for cooking, I will recommend dietary changes to support the recovery of hormones and adrenal glands. Women need a diet of cooked whole foods and easy to digest proteins and fats, fruits and vegetables.
With the right supplements, herbal medicine and some simple diet hacks you should start to see your energy levels improve; the anxiety lessen; and hair, skin and nails will begin to look healthy again.
Discover the root cause of your period problems
Learn to love your body and work with the rhythms of your cycle
Discover a monthly routine to nourish and support your healthy lifestyle
Women with multiple health issues
Are you experiencing a number of different health problems and struggling to know what to deal with first? Are you searching for answers and only getting more confused?
This is one of the strengths of naturopathy because a holistic treatment can deal with most, or all, at the same time.
We will be strategic about working with the most problematic or underlying health problem, as your body will start to respond in many positive ways.
I will teach you how one health problem can cause another, how to know when you need treatment, and how and why dietary changes can have an affect in many areas of your health.
Free downloadable resource
Transform your relationship with your menstrual cycle!
Do you want to have a natural menstrual cycle, free from hormonal medications?
Are you trying to improve the symptoms you experience each month?
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This guide breaks down your cycle into four distinct phases and teaches you how to work with each phase for better health and happiness.
Includes diet and exercise tips for each of the phases as well as ideas for creating more harmony in your life.
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