Women’s health examines a spectrum of issues and disease states as they pertain to the female gender. The classical definition of women’s health focused on issues specific to the female anatomy; however more recently, women’s medicine is expanding to include social, sexual, and gender aspects of women and their health.
There are two primary branches of medical science when discussing women’s health; gynecology and obstetrics. Gynecology is a primary branch of women’s health and focuses on the reproductive system of women. The word “gynecology” translates to "woman knowledge." This branch of medicine includes all aspects of female anatomy and physiology. Obstetrics focuses on pregnancy, childbirth, and the time immediately following childbirth.
Endocrinology, the study of hormones and their physiological and biochemical processes, is another important component of women’s health. Hormones play a major role in female physiology, particularly with the reproductive system. The hormones can also signal an underlying imbalance, as they function to connect and coordinate all the organs of the body.
Taking all of these areas of medicine into account when working in women’s health is essential to creating effective treatment plans. Women are dynamic and their treatment options should be too. Here are some of the conditions the naturopathic physicians at SCNM are treating:
Your naturopathic physician will take a holistic approach when treating your female health issues. Their goal is to identify and treat the underlying causes of your symptoms. These can be environmental exposures to estrogens, poor diet, lack of sleep, increased stress levels, and nutritional deficiencies.Once the root causes are addressed, balance and health can return.
Depending on the root cause of your condition, therapies like acupuncture, hormone replacement, nutrition counseling, detoxification, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and botanical medicine may be utilized for treatment. A specific treatment plan will be constructed for you, taking into account your needs and desires.