Balance Women's Health & Fertility helps women to naturally manage hormonal and reproductive conditions. Naturopath Cherie Caut, brings a unique combination of conventional medicine understanding of reproductive endocrinology and reproductive conditions to complementary medicine practice.
Cherie observes that women are made to be balanced and intuitive when it comes to their body and their menstrual cycle, however observes how frequently women are not fully aware of what is normal when it comes to their menstrual cycle. Imbalances on a nutritional, biochemical, hormonal and functional level may result in the clinical presentation of hormonal and reproductive conditions.
Herbal medicinals have an extensive historical use in supporting women’s menstrual irregularities as they are gentle and broad acting and offer women an alternative and or adjunctive therapeutic option.
+ PAINFUL PERIODS
Dysmenorrhoea is the term used to describe painful periods and may be the result of underlying pelvic congestion, increased prostaglandin release as well as hormonal or nutritional imbalances, in some cases it is exacerbated in times of stress and this is referred to primary dysmenorrhoea. Dysmenorrhoea may also be a symptom of endometriosis or the presence of uterine fibroids and this is referred to as secondary dysmenorrhoea. Addressing the underlying causes of painful periods can result in the improvement of symptoms and eventual resolution.
+ HEAVY PERIODS
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB) is more excessive or prolonged than usual bleeding occurring during menstruation and some women may describe this as flooding or find their periods last for an extended number of days. There are multiple causes of heavy menstrual bleeding such as hormonal imbalances and conditions such as uterine fibroids. Addressing the underlying cause of the heavy bleeding can result in a return to normal menstruation.
+ IRREGULAR PERIODS
Irregular or frequent or infrequent menstrual bleeding are periods that become irregular where by sometimes a menstrual cycle is shortened or lengthened or periods are missed completely and may be the result of hormonal imbalance as well as underlying conditions such as commonly polycystic ovaries. Irregular cycles can occur when ovulation becomes irregular. Stress is also often a factor in irregular menstruation. Addressing the underlying causes of the irregular menstrual cycles often results in a return of the regular menstrual period.
+ POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a risk factor for infertility due to the occurrence of anovulatory (absent ovulation) cycles. There are multifactorial causes involved in the development of polycystic ovaries and PCOS and some conditions that may co-exist and be interrelated with PCOS include menstrual irregularities (usually infrequent and or heavy periods), mood changes or depression, obesity, insulin resistance (blood sugar imbalances), acne, hirsutism (excessive facial or body hair) or androgenic alopecia (thinning hair on the scalp). Addressing diet, nutrition, lifestyle and hormonal balance are key factors in ensuring ovulation occurs and the menstrual cycle is regular as well as supporting healthy mood, weight management and the management of insulin resistance, hirsutism and/or acne when indicated.
+ PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)
The symptoms of PMS occur during the weeks prior to menstruation and relieve upon the commencement of or during the menstrual period. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of PMS. PMS/PMDD can often be well managed through natural medicinal approaches that optimise nutrition, manage stress, balance reproductive hormones and brain neurotransmitters. PMS/PMDD may at times also benefit from adjunctive counselling/psychology support.
+ ABSENT PERIODS
Secondary amenorrhoea is the absence of a previously established menstrual period which may be significant of an underlying condition of nutrient deficiency, hormonal imbalance or other pathology. Polycystic ovary syndrome, chronic stress or illness, excessive exercise and dietary practices are some of the common causes of secondary amenorrhoea. Supporting the return of the regular menstrual cycle involves an approach that considers differential causes, nutrition, diet, lifestyle and hormonal imbalances.
+ INTERMENSTRUAL BLEEDING (IMB)
Intermenstrual bleeding (IMB) is bleeding that is abnormal (occurring outside of the usual menstrual period) and warrants further investigation. In some women underlying causes may be hormonal imbalance where a women may experience spotting prior to her menstrual period or some spotting at ovulation. Some cases may require medical investigation or treatment.
+ UTERINE FIBROIDS
Fibroids (also known as uterine fibromyomas, leiomyomas or myomas) can vary in size significantly and can cause abnormal uterine bleeding, heavy periods as well as in some cases pose a risk for infertility and pregnancy complications. Addressing the underlying cause of the development of uterine fibroids is important in the management and resolution of uterine fibroids as well as for recovery of the uterine tissue post surgical removal if required.
+ FIBROCYSTIC BREASTS
Cystic breast tissue can occur during the cyclical fluctuations in hormones forming tender or painful lumps in the breasts. Consideration of nutritional, dietary, lifestyle and hormonal balance is important in the management and resolution of fibrocystic breast disease.
Endometriosis is hormonal and reproductive condition that in some women can significantly affect their daily lives. Endometriosis is a risk factor for infertility and early diagnosis and treatment approaches that involve combination therapies of both medical treatment and adjunctive natural medicinal support to manage the condition seem to be the most effective.
+ THYROID CONDITIONS
Hypothyroidism (under functioning thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid) are becoming increasingly common conditions. Imbalanced thyroid function has a multi-system impact. The consideration of both the nutritional aspects regarding thyroid disorders as well as autoimmune involvement are important in the management and recovery of thyroid disorders.
The transition from regular ovulation (oestrogen sufficient) to an anovulatory state (oestrogen deficient) can evoke quite distressing symptoms in some women. The management of symptoms related to the menopausal transition and menopause requires consideration of nutrition, diet, lifestyle as well has adrenal gland and thyroid function. Herbal medicine plays an important role in managing or alleviating symptoms. It is important during this time to also consider bone health and cardiovascular health and approaches to best maintain overall health long term.