Womens Health
Female Health Problems

Author Ute Marie Allison MSc (Biology), BSc BNA, APN, MRN, VDH
Naturopath, Heilpraktiker

What are female health problems?
Many women experience problems in their well being which are related to their female hormones. This can start when a girl gets her period or even after she has had it for a while. Other women for example develop problems after the birth of a child, or some of us develop problems around the time of the menopause, which can sometimes happen quite early.

Which are the typical female problems?
Many girls or young women who are otherwise perfectly healthy are plagued by monthly discomfit. Approximately 7 - 14 days prior to their period they can experience a number of unpleasant symptoms, called PMS (pre menstrual syndrome). These include mood swings, painful breast or painful periods which may have different reason, for example endometriosis, polycystic ovaries or maybe just an imbalance in their magnesium metabolism or a lack of essential fatty acids. We even have to consider menopausal symptoms because nowadays women as young as in their thirties can experience them.

How can we recognise if you are menopausal
The menopause does not happen overnight. We distinguish three major phases:
If you have hot flushes and mood swings but still regular periods, you might be pre-menopausal.
If your periods become irregular and hot flushes and mood swings become more severe, you might be peri-menopausal.
After you have not had a period for 6 months you are considered post-menopausal. You might experience sweating, flushes, palpitations, headaches, joint pains and temporary confusions and you might be concerned about osteoporosis.

How does our system normally work?
The normal female cycle is regulated by the main hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Oestrogen is the dominant hormone for the first two weeks of the cycle and is responsible for stimulating and building the lining of the womb to receive the fertilised egg. Progesterone is the dominant hormone for the last two weeks of the cycle and will initiate the period.

Why can things go wrong?
Some women have hormonal balance problems in their genetic make up and their mother or sisters suffer from similar symptoms. This can be caused by an inherited weakness of the balancing system. In our modern industrialised world we are also exposed to excessive amounts of oestrogen's. It gets into the environment from people who take the pill, HRT, from animal sources, from plastics and much more. There is evidence that these factors might contribute to several female hormone problems. As Asian women don’t seem to suffer from the same amount of menopausal symptoms, diet could also be an important factor -Diets in the East are rich in Soya and the Wild Yam.
Lignans is a very good phyto estrogen

What can be done?
Initially HRT was considered a ‘miracle cure’ for the problems associated with the menopause. But there have, and continue to be, many reports about the risks of this medication. So many women are looking for alternatives. Fortunately nature has a wealth of substances which can influence the female hormone system and provide relief from these distressing problems.

Natural Alternatives
The first way to improve your experience of hormonal imbalance is to optimise your diet and lifestyle. Some underlying food sensitivities, for example, can contribute to chronic stress of the system. The elimination of these can relieve the body considerably, and help a lot with its balance. Balancing the blood sugar and regular moderate exercise are other important factors There are potent herbs which have been proven to help balance oestrogen and progesterone or support organ systems in order to support the self regulation of the body. Homeopathic remedies can be used to achieve very individual regulation and many Nutritional Supplements help the system to improve Of course the best way to treat your problems is to consult an experienced practitioner, who will diagnose your condition thoroughly, give nutritional and lifestyle advice and who can recommend the best remedies. Unfortunately not everyone is able to do so. There are a number of natural remedies and food supplements available which might be helpful for you.

Agnus Castus, Red Clover, Lignans plus, Sage Tincture, Soya Isoflavines, an Adrenal Support product - such as BioLife AD Complex, GLA (gamma linolenic acid).

Should you experience problems or have any unusual symtons it is advisable to seek help from a qualified practitioner.