Signs of imbalance:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Painful periods
- Short, long periods or irregular periods
- PMS (water retention, bloating & weight gain, breast tenderness, depression, cravings, anxiety or irritability)
Common diagnoses made by health professionals can include:
Endometriosis, Uterine Adenomyosis, Uterine Fibroids, Dysmenorrhea, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, PCOS, PCO, Infertility, PMS.
Some contributing factors to these conditions can include being overweight, high environmental oestrogen exposure (such as plastics and chemical exposure), high stress, oral contraceptive pill use, poor liver clearance of hormones and poor gut health.
All of the above things can cause what we call “oestrogen dominance” or an imbalance of hormones. High oestrogen in the body can lead to increased inflammation and prostaglandins in the body, this is what can cause pain and contribute to many of the other symptoms women experience.
How can Naturopaths/nutritionists help you?
Due to Naturopathic care being highly individual, there are many ways we can help you. It all depends on what is happening for you. Some of the ways we can help you is by reducing weight and stress/anxiety, improve the functioning of your gut, support you to make positive and realistic nutritional changes through both your diet and supplementation and provide herbal medicine to reduce pain, improve liver functioning and provide support to your nervous system.
If you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to consult a health professional as many of this symptoms can be improved and in some cases resolved when treated properly. This is especially important for women planning a family as the earlier you look at treating these conditions the better outcomes you will have.
Hope you have found this information useful. If you would like to make a booking to discuss your health in detail, you can book an appointment here!
Karly Fisher BHSc
Naturopath & Nutritionist