Female Reproductive health
In essence a woman’s menstrual cycle should occur with ease, however dietary pressures, gut issues, exercise deficiency, prescription medications, genes and lifestyle choices may have serious consequences upon hormonal balance… This can lead to a number of issues including:
- Lack of a period
- Painful/ heavy period
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Uterine fibroids
- Menopausal symptoms
- Headaches/ migraines
- Mood instability
There are a vast variety of botanical medicines that can greatly assist in restoring balance and harmony to the reproductive organs and to the associated mental states. Chaste tree, Ladies Mantle, Cruciferous vegetables, St Johns Wort, Bupleurum and many more may bring sustaining change and wellbeing.
This is a hormonal condition where the lining of the uterus is found on and around organs and tissues outside the uterus. Endometriosial cells have been found in all organs of the body except the liver, thus they have the ability to travel extensivley. This can cause severe pain, infertility, period pain, PMS, muscle aches, fatigue, and lethergy.
This refers to irregular menstruation during a woman’s reproductive years. Contributing factors may include: PCOS, low body weight, stress, anorexia, pituitary issues, excess dieting ,over exercising and prescriptive medications.
This hormonal condition refers to heavy and prolonged bleeding. It’s usually associated with excess oestrogen production and too little progesterone during the cycle. Causes are excessive inflammation, liver dysfunction and weight related issues. Other contributing factors may include: stress, low iron, dietary factors, fibroids, ov cysts, low excercise output and poor sleep.
This refers to painful and or cramping during periods. A strong imbalance of hormones, neurotransmitters and inflammatory associated markers. Other contributing factors may include: stress, low iron, dietary factors, fibroids, ovarian cysts, low exercise output.
This is the most common hormonal imbalance which occurs in the second half of the menstrual cycle. Symptoms include:
- Moods & irritability
- Fatigue & Insomnia
- Poor concentration, mental confusion, forgetfulness
- Headaches & migraines
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal bloating
- Craving for chocolate, sugars, fatty foods.
These are benign growths that can cause heavy bleeding, frequent urination, anaemia, pain and constipation. In the main an estrogen dominant condition with liver implications.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal condition where there is an overproduction of the male hormone testosterone in a women’s system. Symptoms may include excessive facial hair, irregular (long) menstrual cycles, infertility, acne, increase in weight (especially around the abdomen), high testosterone levels, and imbalance in blood sugars.
This is a natural progression in every woman’s life and signifies the end of a woman’s fertility. Symptoms can occur any where between the ages of 38 and 60 years and can last between 2 – 5 years, but can vary from women to women.
Symptoms include: hot flushes, night sweats, irregular cycles, mood swings, vaginal dryness, depression, insomnia and fatigue. Symptoms vary from mild to severe and are influenced by diet, stress, liver and bowel health and lifestyle factors.
Cysts, fibroadenomas & fibrocystic breast disease
A number of different conditions may occur within the breast and mammary tissue. Cysts, fibroadenomas, fibrocystic breast change are among the main events that occur during the reproductive years and during the cycle. These conditions are very much regulated by estrogen’s and estrogen metabolism. Breast discharges are usually an indication of dysregulation of the governing hormones. There is of course a significant number of different types of breast cancers, with 75% of breast cancers being directly relatable to estrogen influences. Genes may play a role, including the BRACA1 and BRACA2 genes but there are up to 22 different genes which may influence possible outcomes. Certainly estrogen health is an essential key to breast wellbeing. Breast removal (masectomy) is now being found to be ineffective in reducing total cancer susceptability (other cancer development).
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