What women's health issues do you treat?
Menstrual issues, peri-menopause symptoms, digestive concerns, sleep-issues related to the cycle, temperature regulation, pelvic floor strength, low libido, low energy, mood swings, emotional imbalances, severe anxiety or depression, excessive stress or overwhelm, postpartum depression, phobias, weight regulation.
Do you treat women for menstrual issues while they are on the pill or with an IUD?
Yes, come in and let's discuss your specific circumstance. But I treat lots of women on hormonal birth control.
Do you treat auto-immune disorders or fibromyalgia?
I'm not an auto-immune disorder specialist. I treat a lot of the symptoms associated with auto-immune disorders but do not utilize that diagnosis or language. I treat chronic, complicated pain patterns but see it as a muscle issue, not an auto-immune issue. There are lots of good auto-immune specialists in the Pioneer Valley. I may not be the best fit.
Do you treat fertility?
I work with women to naturally regulate the periods in the beginning of a fertility process. That process can take about three to four months. If you are seeking more interventions or have already started your fertility journey there are wonderful practitioners in the Valley. Kindreth at Integrity Women's Health is wonderful!!!
There are a lot of women's health practitioners in the area. How are you different?
My work as an herbalist sets me apart from other local practitioners. I use herbs in an immediate results-oriented way. If you are not seeing results from herbs or supplements in two to three days it isn't right for you. I treat women frequently in the beginning and do a lot of education around quantity of necessary rest and sleep as well as diet suggestions.
My periods have stopped. Can you help them come back without hormones?
Getting the period back is a tricky endeavor. The more recent your last period, the faster we can get it back. If it has been a way for a year or more, this is a substantial process. Not an impossible one. I work without hormones and encourage women to chart their basal body temperatures to know more about what is actually happening with the cycle. This is a complicated process and one that requires a substantial examination and organization of sleep patterns to actually regulate the cycle.
All of my symptoms are not menstrual, but happen around the cycle. Everyone thinks I'm crazy for thinking there is a correlation. Is there?
Yes. Absolutely. If you said you turned green on day 27, I would say it was cycle related. The tricky part is if you keep treating that symptom as digestive or sleep or emotional, instead of treating it as menstrual, it won't get better. You are not crazy. There are zillions of symptoms that happen at very regular points in the cycle, even if they are not right before you bleed. They can be on day 5, right before ovulation, right after ovulation or as soon as the bleeding arrives. Those are all other markers of big changes in the body and things can happen cyclically at those times of change.