Dread ‘that time of the month’?
Suffering from PMS, irritability or mood swings?
Painful, irregular or heavy periods?
Healthy eating plan go by the wayside as hormonal cravings set in?
Looking to start a family or having trouble conceiving?
Has your libido disappeared?
Menopausal symptoms impacting your day-to-day life?
Us women are complex creatures (although you probably already know that!) and while it’s very common for women to answer ‘yes’ to at least one of the above questions, it doesn’t have to be that way. Think about it, do you really think Mother Nature wanted us to be in pain each month (or for the other people in our lives to have to bear the brunt of our symptoms!)? Ideally, when everything is in balance, ‘that time of the month’ should be like every other day. If you are experiencing signs and symptoms like moodiness, bloating, cramping, pain, heavy menstrual flow amongst others, then seeing a naturopath can help.
What is a hormone imbalance and could I have one?
Some common signs, symptoms or conditions that are caused from hormonal imbalances include:
- Painful or heavy periods
- Flatness, depression, apathy or teariness around your period
- Chocolate, sugar or salt cravings (despite your best efforts to resist, you just have to have it!)
- Pain or cramping mid-cycle (twinges or twitches around ovulation)
- Irregular periods
- Failure to get your period back after stopping the pill
- Headaches or migraines that are cyclical in nature
- Weight pain or fluid retention especially around your stomach, breast, hips and thighs
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight despite healthy eating and exercise
- Polycystic Ovaries or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
What exactly are hormones?
Hormones are like little parcels of information that travel around our body delivering messages to our organs, glands and other tissues that tell them how to behave properly.
Sometimes the messages they carry are wrong, only contain bits of the story, tell the wrong story all together or they get delivered to the wrong ‘address’. In more complicated situations, the messages don’t get packaged up properly, can go missing or they can remain ‘unopened’.
If the organ or tissue in your body doesn’t get the right package, at the right time (and in the right dose), things don’t work as well as they should. It can get even more complicated when one part of your body is relying on a message to be clearly delivered, but there are a number of hiccups along the way. The whole process ends up like one big game of Chinese-Whispers and your body never really knows what it is supposed to be doing!
How a naturopath can help
The aim of naturopathy is to get your body back to balance so that it can do the things that it is supposed to do. In your consultation, Rebecca will sit with you to understand where your hormonal imbalance is coming from and what needs to happen to correct it.
The way a naturopath and a medical practitioner work with hormonal conditions is a little different and both approaches are useful depending on what is going on for you right now, the outcome you are looking to achieve and the complexity of your condition. Rebecca will work with whatever choice you make and in many instances, we can combine medical treatment and naturopathic medicine at the same time.
Rebecca will often prescribe herbal medicine and nutritional changes, along with supplementation to encourage your body to start working on its own. Whenever any hormonal work is being done (naturopathically or medically), it generally takes around 3 months for your hormones to start to respond. Scientific and naturopathic testing is often utilised so we can really get to the bottom of what is going on. This way, the most accurate prescription can be made allowing you to get results in the shortest possible time frame.
To book your appointment or to learn more, get in touch with Rebecca today.