Menstrual Issues

Menstrual Issues

Do one or more of these situations sound familiar?
• PMS? • Irregular cycle? • Painful cramping? • Heavy bleeding? • Side effects from the pill?
Menstrual cramps, pain and PMS symptoms affect the majority of women in the US. In fact, a symptom-free menstrual cycle is shockingly unfamiliar but it doesn’t have to be that way.

It is common practice to prescribe birth control for the relief of menstrual-related symptoms, often times before investigating the cause. This is a scary practice when conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, cysts and infertility are so common. If you suffer from menstrual irregularities, it is important to contact your naturopathic doctor and take control of your health today.

A simple blood test will tell us if your hormones need to be balanced and a full work-up will be performed to rule out more serious conditions. Migraines, weight gain, irregular menses, painful cramping, irritability, depression—all of these symptoms are frequently associated with hormone imbalance. Hormones can be naturally managed, fully restored and optimized with lifestyle, diet, and the right combination of botanical/nutritional supplements.

After a thorough discussion of natural and conventional options, a hormonal contraceptive may be the most preferred and appropriate method of treatment. In these cases, Dr. Shell will prescribe according to your symptoms and medical history. Our focus will then shift towards supportive care to prevent common nutrient deficiencies, weight gain, fatigue, depression or infertility that may occur while on the birth control pill or other treatment that you start.

Whether you are currently on the pill, wanting to come off the pill or interested in starting the pill, Dr. Shell provides counseling for the different options available and comprehensive supportive care at any stage so that you can preserve your fertility (if desired) and enjoy life!

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