Managing Female Reproductive Condition

It is estimated that as many as 90% of women of reproductive age experience a menstrual and/or hormonal disorder that affects them on a regular basis. This includes conditions such as painful periods (dysmenorrhoea), heavy periods (menorrhagia), endometriosis, uterine fibroids and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

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Endometriosis is a condition in which endometrial tissue (the lining from the inside of the uterus) is found in sites outside the uterus. This can cause significant pain and can affect many aspects of reproductive health; endometriosis can even cause infertility.

Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are benign growths that may be asymptomatic, or they may cause heavy periods, anaemia, frequent urination, constipation and pain. Fibroids, like endometriosis, have also been associated with infertility.

PCOS is a hormonal condition characterised by high levels of the hormone testosterone in a womanís system. Symptoms of PCOS include hirsutism (excessive growth of hair on a womanís face or body), obesity, infertility and insulin resistance (blood sugar level imbalances).

Restoring balance to your hormonal system

Many women seek out natural solutions for the management of these conditions, and many find complementary approaches extremely effective. Restoring balance, health and vitality to all our body systems, including our hormonal and reproductive system, can be achieved through appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, and through the use of specialised natural supplements. If you suffer from one of these reproductive conditions, different nutritional and herbal combinations are available to suit your individual needs.

Clear unwanted congestion

A combination of traditional Chinese herbs containing cinnamon, red sage, poria and peony can help you manage the symptoms of PCOS and female reproductive disorders characterised by congestion and pain.
Warming herbs, such as red sage and cinnamon, have traditionally been used to support healthy menstrual function and Chinese herbs poria, peach, tree peony and red peony have a long history of use for the relief of menstrual cycle disorders. Together these herbs combine to form a clinically effective Natural Medicine for female reproductive disorders characterised by congestion, pain and hormonal imbalances. This formula also assists in the relief of pain and heavy menstruation.

Oestrogen: THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE DANGEROUS

Oestrogen is essential for healthy female reproductive function. This hormone plays a part in every stage of a females life; from early childhood development through to puberty, during every menstrual cycle, in pregnancy, and, finally, through the menopausal years. Oestrogen is produced by the ovaries and exists in different forms within the body. One of these forms is good for the body and is essential to female reproductive health; the other is not, and is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and PCOS.

In order for the body to stay in a healthy hormonal state there needs to be more of the 'good' oestrogen and less of the bad oestrogen. When the body does not keep these two forms in the correct balance, reproductive disorders can result. Luckily there are many natural substances which may help to maintain a healthy oestrogen balance, including flaxseed, polygonum, kudzu, turmeric, folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12. These herbs and nutrients assist in the maintenance of long term hormonal health by improving the ratio of good to bad oestrogens.

Diet, lifestyle and environment

Many female menstrual and reproductive disorders arise as a consequence of disturbances in hormonal production, elimination and metabolism. Disturbances in the balance of these hormones are the result of internal and external factors such as environmental toxins, inflammation, stress, poor diet and lack of exercise.

Addressing these factors must, therefore, be an integral part of restoring balance to your reproductive system.
As well as the great natural supplements already mentioned, the following dietary and lifestyle changes will also help keep your hormonal system in balance:

  • Increase the good fats in your diet, especially those from nuts, seeds and oily cold-water fish
  • Drink at least 1-2 litres of water a day
  • Exercise regularly for 30 minutes minimum
  • Limit salt and saturated fat intake
  • Reduce or avoid caffeine and alcohol consumption;
  • Lose excess fat; and
  • Stop smoking.Petries Cottage of Natural Therapies registration
     

 

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