Welcome. I’m glad you’re here.
This business has been unashamedly created for women and women’s hormonal concerns.
It’s been created for women like you who are looking for a little more help than they have been given so far.
Maybe its pain every month, irregular periods or bone-weary tiredness that brought you here. Maybe you just got diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and you’re not sure what to do next. Maybe you are starting to feel some of the symptoms of menopause or maybe you are experiencing those symptoms in all their fullness and life is a struggle right now. Maybe you are a mum concerned about your daughters’ menstrual cycle. Maybe you are wanting to be a mum and have some concerns about your fertility or just want the best preconception preparation. Maybe you are just feeling off and you can’t put your finger on it.
Either way, I’m happy you found me.
Women’s hormonal health is my absolute passion and I have devoted my career towards it.
I think its fair to say that women’s hormonal health has not always received the attention, funding and research that it deserves. Although that is starting to change now and the movement has begun to ensure that there are women specific research, we still have a long way to go. After all it was only in 1991 that studies were required to include women. Before that results were just assumed to apply to women as well but we are not the same as men.
Your uniquely feminine hormones affect everything in your body. Your brain and mental function, your heart function, the way you build muscle, the way you burn fat, your gut function, how well you sleep, your bone health and your vaginal health – just to name a few. If they aren’t balanced then any number of health concerns can result.
Having healthy hormones creates the scaffolding around which good health can be achieved for women.
Naturopathy has a long history of assisting women with hormonal health concerns. Herbs, nutrients and lifestyle changes are keys to be able to assist the body’s own ability to move towards good health.
Let’s get started on your journey.
Hi, I’m Wendy
The Healthy Hormone Naturopath
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Preconception & pregnancy
It takes about 120 days for the immature follicle to develop into the egg that will eventually leave the ovary and hopefully get fertilised. For men the life cycle of sperm is 70 days. Your health in that time is crucial for the quality and development of the egg and the sperm. Pre conception planning (including diet and lifestyle factors) should be done well in advance of actual pregnancy in order to ensure the best fertility outcomes. This is also true if you are embarking on any artificial reproductive technology (ART) treatments – nutrition absolutely can influence egg quality.
Periods should not be so painful that you lose quality of life dealing with it. You shouldn’t feel like you are going to rip the head off your partner a few days before your period or feel like you are a complete mess beforehand. For a woman, period health is s pretty good indication of what your overall health is like so it’s worth seeking assistance if you don’t think your periods are in a healthy pattern.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is most definitely on the rise in our society and is usually (but not always!) characterised by difficult to shift weight, increased androgens (the most well-known of which is testosterone) irregular or absent periods and a level of insulin resistance. Sometimes increased facial hair and acne is seen. Sometimes not. The name is actually a misnomer because there are not actually cysts in the ovaries. They are multiple small immature follicles that are not developing as they would into one dominate follicle so they appear as cyst like on ultrasound. There are some great lifestyle changes that can influence the severity of PCOS plus herbs and nutrients that help some of the typical PCOS markers.
In endometriosis, tissue that is normally found inside the uterus lining grows outside of the uterus lining, most commonly the ovaries, fallopian tubes and tissue lining the pelvis and sometimes the bowel. It is generally characterised by pain as the tissue outside of the uterus follows the hormonal pattern of the tissue inside of the uterus and thickens every month following the rise and fall of hormones that occurs in a menstrual cycle. The most recent thoughts on endometriosis is that it is an inflammatory condition that is made worse by the presence of oestrogen. Endometriosis is often misdiagnosed as IBS initially. That inflammation and potential bowel link are our starting points with endometriosis.
Menopause & Peri-menopause
A woman is classified as being menopausal when they have not had a period for a full 12 months. Peri-menopause encompasses the decade that is leading up to menopause. This is when our hormones start to fluctuate month to month resulting in some of the symptoms classically associated with menopause. Irritability, depression, hot flushes, sleep changes, weight gain, skin changes, vaginal dryness are all associated with peri-menopause and menopause. Women do not have to suffer in silence through this time of their life though. There are options to help restore some quality of life.
Sustainable nutrition specific to hormonal health
It’s a long sentence but the short explanation is that most nutrition and diet styles have had their research done on men, menopausal women or women on the oral contraceptive pill (yep, especially the ones that are the most popular right now). The ebb and flow of our hormones and what nutrition they need in order to be present at the right levels is crucial. That can even alter from the first part of the cycle to the second part of the cycle as there are different hormones dominant at these times. There are multiple stories of women embarking on specific diet styles and then experiencing disordered menstrual cycles. On a side note, if you do any training first up in the morning – please do not train in a fasted state! Your hormones will not thank you!
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