Do you feel like your health just isn’t what it could be? Maybe you are more tired than you used to be, can’t eat what you used to, and have put on weight consistently year after year. There are a host of women’s health issues that arise as they go through life that can inhibit living a full and productive life.
Let’s look at some of the more common health issues women face and our Well Woman Care program.
Hormonal issues can vary from intense PMS symptoms to the common ravages of menopause. No matter the issue, we want you to know you don’t have to just “live with it”. Hormonal symptoms are a sign that there is an imbalance in the body that needs to be addressed.
Here are some common issues women face that may be due to hormonal imbalances:
Although breast cancer is not unique to women, it is mainly a women’s health issue. Breast cancer rates have risen from 1 in 20 in the 1950’s to 1 in 8 today. According to (BreastCancer.org), “For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer”. Yes, these are alarming statistics.
However you don’t need to be one of them. There are natural ways to prevent breast cancer as well as alternative breast cancer treatments that can be combined with conventional treatments. In addition there is an alternative way to detect breast cancer called thermography.
Mostly thought of as a man’s disease, heart disease is the most common cause of death for both women and men in the US. It’s important to understand your risk factors and get any suspicious symptoms checked out. We offer a comprehensive heart disease treatment programs.
The most common heart attack symptom for a women is some type of pressure, pain or discomfort in the chest area. This pain is not always severe or the most prominent symptom in women. In fact sometimes women may have a heart attack without having any chest pain. Women are more likely to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:
- Pain in one or both arms
- Shortness of breath
- Neck, shoulder, jaw, upper back or abdominal discomfort
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Unusual fatigue
- Quit or don't start smoking.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh organic fruit and vegetables
- Monitor and maintain a healthy blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
Naturally, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s urgent that you get it checked out immediately.
To keep your heart healthy,
Other Women’s Health Issues
Besides hormonal issues and their symptoms, heart disease and breast cancer, women can have other health challenges or concerns which may include:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Pain
- Cervical cancer and other cancers
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Neurological Disorders
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Emotional issues such as feeling down, anxiety, depression, and feeling stuck
Causes of Women’s Health Issues
Because we take a whole body approach to women’s health, we know that there could be many underlying factors contributing to your health. These can include:
Getting to the Bottom of Women’s Health Issues
At LifeWorks Wellness Center we know that it is often not just one system of the body that is out of balance that may be contributing to women’s health issues. Therefore we look at all systems of the body to evaluate a woman’s overall health.
The Digestive System & Women’s Health
When your stomach and gut are not healthy it not only affects your food digestion but has implications throughout the entire body. For example did you know that 70-80% of the immune system resides in the digestive system? Did you know that many individuals who suffer from anxiety and depression actually have gastrointestinal issues, because serotonin, a powerful neurotransmitter, is made and stored in the digestive system?
Digestion also affects the liver which affects how hormones are metabolized by the body. Patients with gut issues cut across virtually every chronic condition we see at LifeWorks. Some even have digestive issues without having symptoms.
The Endocrine System & Women’s Health
The endocrine system is like a symphony, with all of its various parts contributing to the whole. At LifeWorks we perform a complete hormone evaluation and look at the adrenals, hypothalamus, thyroid, pituitary gland and all parts affecting the endocrine system including the liver. We recommend that all women take a saliva test which is collected throughout the day. The results will show all hormone levels so that we can customize a specific program of treatment for you. We also look at how your body is metabolizing hormones to make sure you are able to utilize them properly.
We also recommend an annual women’s wellness exam to all women coming to our clinic.
Keeping Women Healthy
We want you to know that there is help for women’s health issues. It is not normal or necessary to be suffering with ongoing health issues and we want you to know you don’t have to live that way. We know women today live very active lifestyles with commitments to family, their social groups, friends and causes they care about. We want to help restore you to full health and wellness so you can live an active and productive life.
If you’d like to find out more about our our women health care services, or have any issues you’d like help with, please call our Clearwater clinic at 727-466-6789 or submit an online patient inquiry.
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Videos on Women's Health Issues
Dr. Minkoff talks about HPV.
Conventional medicine has a drug for everything! They treat the symptoms and not the cause of the condition. UTIs are a perfect example of this. Have a UTI, your Dr will 100% of the time prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotic use though necessary on occasions, usually can be avoided and as we discussed in an earlier piece, cause depression and anxiety and staggering rates.
Dr. Minkoff took an oath to do no harm and can not and will not resort to potentially harmful drug treatments when they can be avoided. In this video, Dr.Minkoff explains UTIs, and natural safe ways to effectively treat them so you can keep yourself and your family safe.
Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder and can originate from sexual or non-sexual stimuli. When caused by sexual activity, it's called Honeymoon Cystitis (or "honeymoon disease"). The symptoms are the same as cystitis when triggered by something other than sex: burning sensation when peeing as well as the frequent urge to go to the bathroom.
Watch this video and take Dr. Minkoff’s advice on what you to treat UTI's naturally.
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