Puberty, PMS, acne, problematic periods, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, fibroids, cysts, polycystic ovaries, abnormal hair growth, loss of libido, menopause…the joy of being a woman!
Women can experience a range of hormone-related problems during and after their reproductive years that change with age, as a result of imbalances in the delicate series of events that govern hormone balance. A woman’s hormones can be disrupted at any stage of her reproductive life by a number of factors including stress, pregnancy, nutritional deficiencies, artificial hormones, thyroid function, hereditary factors and illness.
At Remède, we have a team of practitioners who are experienced in helping women to improve and manage their hormonal and general health through every stage in their life; from puberty, through pregnancy and motherhood and into menopause and then life after periods cease. These hormonal changes have an effect not only on the menstrual cycle, but general health, nutritional needs and susceptibility to specific health issues.
Adolescent girls are growing at the same time as their hormones are kicking in – so they have high nutritional requirements and may experience quite different symptoms to older women, as hormones activate and change rapidly. Ensuring an adolescent’s nutritional needs are met and hormonal balance is optimised, significantly helps with problems she may be experiencing during this time of change – physically and emotionally.
Young women respond extremely well to natural medicines, for pubertal issues such as period irregularity, period pain, acne and other skin issues, weight or mood changes. And if the hormonal and emotional turbulence of adolescence becomes too much to deal with, having some counselling can help to restore the emotional balance…
Your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s…the fertile years
During these years a woman may need help with stabilising hormones, optimising fertility and preparing for pregnancy. Issues that a woman has struggled with for a long time may need attention, including period irregularities, PCOS, endometriosis, infertility, period pain, heavy periods, weight issues, changing diet and nutritional needs or emotional problems. It is also a time when women become more aware of genetic factors that could potentially affect her health in later life, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bone density, cancer and obesity. Having a DNA profile to take a proactive and predictive approach to your health and/or addressing the lifestyle factors that contribute to these conditions is a step toward greater longevity and better quality of life now and in older age.
If any hormonal problems arise during these years, it is best to address them early before they become a bigger issue later on down the track. Hormonal problems often respond really well to natural medicine treatment such as herbs and nutritional therapy. Comprehensive hormonal testing by one of our practitioners can help to provide the information about what you need to do, using natural medicines, to get you back in balance.
Your 40’s and 50’s…the peri-menopausal years
Just as the puberty signals the start of a woman’s fertile life, the peri-menopausal time signals the end and a new phase of changes for women. As this time of life usually ironically coincides with the busy years of raising a family and/or busy careers, it is not unusual for women to arrive at this stage of life depleted, exhausted and hormonally imbalanced! It is then no wonder that the peri-menopausal time can be a difficult hormonal transition for many women. The good news is that the menopausal symptoms of hot flushes, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, low libido, fuzzy thinking and generalised lack of vitality can all be treated with natural medicine, to help make this transition quicker and have less of an impact on a woman’s quality of life.
Our practitioners are experienced in testing and assessing where your hormonal and physical imbalances are at this stage of life, and prescribe the most effective natural medicine treatment to get you back into balance, to allow you to gently transition through this phase of life.
Your 60’s, 70’s and beyond
After your “ovaries have closed for business” and your hormones have balanced after the menopause, hormonal problems can often be replaced by other issues. Many women may start to “feel their age” with the start of niggling problems that may worsen as they age if left untreated. Arthritis, memory/concentration, low fitness and stamina, low energy, emotional issues, and weight changes are common areas of change among older women and can be supported with the help of an experienced natural medicine practitioner.
Women’s health issues we can help you with include:
- Hormonal imbalances
- PMS / PMT / PMDD (really really bad PMT!)
- Hormonal acne problems
- Painful and/or heavy periods
- Polycystic Ovaries (PCO) and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Abnormal body hair growth (including hair loss)
- Poor Libido
- Puberty Issues
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
- Fertility Problems
- Pregnancy, Birthing and Post-Natal Care
- Uterine fibroids
Our team of practitioners include naturopaths, acupuncturists, doctors and naturopathic nutritionists and they have access to a wide range of diagnostic tests, such as salivary hormone testing and blood testing, to assess what hormones are causing your hormonal and gynaecological issues, so that treatment can be tailored specifically for your needs.
Treatment may include prescription-only herbal or nutritional medicine, acupuncture and or dietary and lifestyle management.