There’s a good chance you’ve found this page because you are suffering. Pre-cycle and menstrual cycle symptoms, like pelvic pain, are a sign that something is off. Hormones are susceptible to many influences so it is important to identify and address the principle causes of your symptoms.
Although many of your symptoms may be common, that does not mean they are normal. For example, period pain is experienced by around 80% of women at some stage in their lifetime. But in 5% to 10% of women the pain is severe enough to disrupt their life. There is nothing “normal” about pain that disrupts a women’s life. In medicine, the term “normal” is used to describe a pelvis that looks healthy at laparoscopy (an operation to look inside the abdomen). Meaning, there is no pathology or disease seen that can explain the pain. The problem is that the term “normal” is being used inappropriately to describe a common symptom – pain.
Many women feel alone and misunderstood when it comes to their pelvic health concerns (symptoms of the bladder, bowel, and sexual/reproductive systems). If that’s you, then I want you to know that you are not alone.
If you feel that your symptoms have been ignored, brushed off as normal, or inadequately managed, then consider a different approach. Naturopathic medicine offers a holistic approach, meaning “treat the whole person” instead of their symptoms. Hormones interact and function as a team in one interconnected super system. You can’t address hormonal issues without addressing the whole person. Your symptoms, laboratory results, and imaging studies are all considered in the context of your detailed health history, which is usually your first appointment.
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Why are appointments with naturopathic doctors (NDs) so long?
Each of you is unique and will respond differently to my treatment recommendations, often due to different underlying hormone irregularities, environmental influences, needs, and adaptive mechanisms. To provide you with the best care and guidance, I need to complete a thorough history. This appointment is absolutely critical for gathering the information that I need to best serve you. The second appointment gives me the opportunity to research, request more information from you, order and analyze labs, and then put all the pieces together.
Addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms is going to take time. Many hormone-related concerns require a minimum 3 month commitment to see changes. You may see results sooner, but I want to strongly emphasize this point because it’s important to manage expectations realistically and to be informed. I typically recommend monthly follow-up appointments until symptoms resolve or until you can manage your own care. In my personal experience, this frequency guarantee’s the best results. I truly want all of my patients to feel more competent in managing their symptoms so that they can have greater autonomy and control over their lives.
I truly want all of my patients to feel more competent in managing their symptoms so that they can have greater autonomy and control over their lives. To achieve that, most people need consistency, support and accountability. This is especially true in the beginning, before new habits are solidified.
Is naturopathic medicine the right fit?
Time for patient interaction iswhere we shine. NDs are in a unique position to offer this kind of care because we typically spend more time with patients. I will take the time needed to document and fully understand the constellation of symptoms you experience and explicitly discuss it in the context of your disease, along with your needs and treatment goals.
If you want a better understanding of the philosophy and approach behind naturopathic medicine, check out this quiz: “Is it time to see a naturopathic doctor?“