Naturopathic Care for Professional Women: Why are women’s health issues important?

Women’s health issues are an area of medicine that are very important. When you are looking for a holistic approach to dealing with factors like anxiety, depression, hormone imbalance, skin conditions and weight gain, you will need to look to someone who can combine the very latest in modern medicine with traditional treatments. Naturopathic medicine has a long history of dealing with issues like these and it has a proven track record of being very effective, especially for busy, professional women like you.

Women’s health has been a topic of discussion that has been long ignored by the traditional healthcare industry and medical doctors. In recent times, women’s health has become a very important topic, especially within the field of naturopathic medicine. At Bay Wellness Centre, our naturopathic doctors take a scientific approach to optimizing women’s health.

Naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to medicine. The naturopathic approach focuses on understanding and treating the underlying causes of illness and the promotion of optimal health and wellness by stimulating the body’s inherent healing and restorative processes. Naturopathic medicine is practiced by licensed naturopathic physicians and physicians in training at naturopathic medical schools.

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What are bio-identical hormones?

Bio-identical hormones, or natural hormones, are those that are chemically identical to those produced by the human body. They are made from plant-based ingredients and are used as an alternative to synthetic hormones. Bio-identical hormones do not carry the same risks as synthetic hormones, and actually provide protection against heart disease and certain hormonal cancers.

Bio-identical hormones can be a good option for people who suffer from hormone imbalances. However, bio-identical hormone treatment can be expensive and it’s not for everyone. There are alternatives to using bio-identical hormones such as diet and lifestyle changes, as well as botanical and herbal medicine. At Bay Wellness, our practitioners will discuss each treatment option with you, so that you can determine the best choice for you.

It’s no secret that women are at a higher risk for hormone imbalance, no matter what their age (symptoms related to the menstrual cycle indicate a hormonal imbalance). And yet, women are still being told that their symptoms are “normal” or that hormonal therapy is the only option to feel “normal” again. Bio-Identical hormone therapy can be a safe, effective option for many women. But is it right for you? Let’s talk about it.

Many people with a health history of depression and/or anxiety are under the impression that traditional pharmaceuticals are the only option for treatment. The underlying cause of anxiety and/or depression can be an imbalance of hormones, a dysregulation in cortisol, or even food sensitivities. Naturopathic treatment of anxiety and/or depression begins with finding the root cause or proper diagnosis and creating a comprehensive treatment plan including diet and lifestyle changes, supplementation with vitamins and minerals, herbal medicine, and pharmaceutical medication if necessary.

Women over 40 years old are twice as likely to experience peri-menopausal mood changes than younger women. This means that we need to pay attention to how we treat ourselves before this period, so that we can minimize the symptoms experienced during peri-menopause and menopause.

If you are like most women, you are frustrated with the symptoms that you are dealing with – mood swings, new anxiety or depression, weight gain, acne or rashes, PMS symptoms and digestive concerns, and lack of energy. None of these symptoms are ‘normal’ but they are common. If you’re already taking hormone replacement therapy but still experiencing symptoms, something is missing in your treatment plan. Our naturopathic doctors are trained to not only diagnose the root causes of your hormonal imbalance, but they are trained to prescribe the most effective therapies, including bio-identical hormone therapy, and /or pharmaceuticals.

Frequently Asked Questions

A naturopathic doctor attends an accredited naturopathic college to gain their licensure. Naturopathic doctors attend a 4-yr undergraduate degree program with specific science classes as prerequisites before applying to one of the accredited naturopathic colleges in North America. At the end of their 8-10 yr education, they receive the title “doctor of naturopathic medicine,” or ND.

Both naturopathic doctors at Bay Wellness Centre attended the Southwest College of Naturopathic medicine. 

In BC, naturopathic doctors are not covered under regular MSP. Naturopathic doctors are typically covered under extended health benefit programs through third party companies and places of employment.

The most common companies covering naturopathic medicine are Sunlife, Manuflife,  and Canada Life.

Unfortunately, naturopathic offices cannot call your insurance company for you to determine your annual maximum or per visit spend. You will personally have to call you insurance company for that information.

Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary care physicians who view the body as a whole, and treat the root cause of all symptoms. They all swear under the Hipporatic Oath (the same as medical doctors).

Naturopathic doctors have many different tools of treatment, so seeing one naturopathic doctor may be very different from seeing another. At Bay Wellness, we use treatments that are scientifically-based and proven to be effective. At your first 1-hour appointment, your ND will cover all of your current health concerns, past medical history and family history. They will then be able to determine if any testing is required and develop a treatment plan for you.

Yes! At Bay Wellness, we have completed our extra training in women’s health specifically and functional endocrinology.

There are many different tools available to use to treat and balance hormones, including specialized testing, using food as medicine, herbs and botanicals, nutrient IV’s and specific nutrition programs, acupuncture and prescription medication and bio-identical hormones.

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