Our Guide to Healthy Menstruation

There are more than 150 million women in the United States, and very little attention is paid to the health of a women's cycle. Women's bodies are unique. We have unique physiology, unique issues and unique ways of coping with disease, stress and change. As we go through life, our bodies change and require different degrees of attention and different nutritional reserves.

The most important determining factor of a woman's future health is the health of her monthly menstrual cycle. Beginning at puberty, this cycle dictates quite a lot about our health and our physiology as we age. If we experience problems early on such as cramping, irregular periods, blood clots or no period at all, then we are moving in an unhealthy direction that can become fibroids, endometriosis, infertility and tumor formation later in life.  Both cardiovascular disease and cancer are the top two causes of death in women in the United States. In order to reduce risk, it is important for women to balance their menstrual cycles and hormone levels as they age, especially when you consider that most breast cancer is estrogen-dominant.  

I just want you to know it’s day one of my period and I have ZERO cramping! You have changed my life Dr. Karen!
— S.S.

We can help you regulate your cycle ...

We need to begin with your menstrual cycle. This is the essence of your health. It involves all your glands, all your energy, your blood and your emotional balance. If you are experiencing issues with your cycle now, you will have greater problems later in life throughout your body.  The first thing to realize is that it is not normal to have pain, excessive bleeding or clotting, emotional distress, fluid retention, painful breasts, or no period at all.  Each of these symptoms indicates an imbalance in your body's normal cycle.  This is true even if you are taking oral contraception that reduce or eliminate your period.  Most of these symptoms can be corrected, and 90% of the time without resorting to oral contraceptives, muscle relaxants or anti-anxiety medication. Try my natural suggestions first, and for at least three months before considering stronger alternatives.  It will make your fertility better, your body healthier and that time of the month completely forgettable!

What's Normal?

Typically the normal menstrual cycle is 28 days beginning with the first day of menstruation, which clears the uterus of the endometrium, unfertilized egg and excess hormones. After the menstrual shedding, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is released from the anterior pituitary gland and stimulates the growth of the follicles, which now begin to secrete estrogen. By about the sixth day, whichever of the follicles is the largest becomes the dominant follicle and levels of estrogen start to inhibit the release of additional FSH. The dominant follicle becomes mature and ready for ovulation, while the minor follicles atrophy and wither. If the follicles do not atrophy, particularly if the hormonal signals are imbalanced, they can become functional cysts. During this final maturation, the dominant follicle continues to increase its estrogen production under the influence of an increasing level of Luteinizing Hormone, and small amounts of progesterone will be produced by the mature follicle a day or two before ovulation.

The estrogens that are released into the blood by the growing ovarian follicles stimulate the preparation of the endometrium, including repair. The estrogen levels determine the thickness of the developing endometrium tissue, which means that estrogen dominance will cause excessive thickening and development of endometrial tissue.

The hypothalamus part of the brain is the controlling mechanism in a woman's reproductive cycle.

When estrogens are high enough in concentration, they stimulate the hypothalamus to release additional gonadotropic releasing hormone, and the anterior pituitary gland produces a surge of LH. This causes the dominant follicle to rupture and the egg is released. This usually occurs on day 14 of the cycle. If progesterone levels are too high at this point, it will cause suppression of LH and FSH. The blood that is released with the ruptured follicle causes a clot which is then absorbed by the remaining follicular cells. They then enlarge forming the corpus luteum under the influence of LH and the corpus luteum now begins to secrete increasing quantities of progesterone and estrogens. This is called the luteal phase. The hormones produced by the corpus luetum promote the growth of the endometrium a process which peaks about one week after ovulation. In this phase, progesterone should be the dominant hormone. Estrogen levels will remain higher than in the Follicular phase, but still secondary to progesterone. If the egg remains unfertilized, the corpus luteum will degenerate decreasing the levels of progesterone produced. Eventually it drops below estrogen levels and menstruation begins around the 28th day.

   Are you concerned about the health of your breasts?  Do you have breast cysts, pain, swelling or other symptoms? Click on the flower to learn about the Basics of Breast Health.

Are you concerned about the health of your breasts?  Do you have breast cysts, pain, swelling or other symptoms? Click on the flower to learn about the Basics of Breast Health.

Natural Treatment for Menstrual Dysregulation, Menopause & Fertility

We have worked with thousands of women over the years to help regulate their cycle, restore fertility and eliminate painful and debilitating symptoms associated with their period.  Every woman can have a normal period and many cases of infertility that resist the conventional methods of IUI and IVF respond beautifully to a natural approach. 

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