There are many health problems primary only to
the female. These involvement's correlate with the complex nature
of the female reproductive system.
Most of these health problems respond very well
to natural approaches; however, there are times when a natural approach
cannot be used for correction because the condition has advanced
to an irreversible disease state. The key is to find the cause of
the problem as soon as possible, before it becomes irreversible.
The term "dysmenorrhea"
literally means "difficult menstruation." A women who
experiences dysmenorrhea knows the significant symptomatic picture
all too well, and dreads "that time of the month."
Severe menstrual cramping is sometimes the
result of some nutritional deficiency, such as calcium and/or other
factors. Regaining normal nutritional balance and adequate nerve
and energy control of the reproductive organs yields good results.
Dysmenorrhea is often involved
with hormone imbalance. Estrogen, the female hormone, is present
in both males and females. The hormone is identical in both; however,
its concentration is much higher in the female. This hormone provides
secondary sex characteristics and is very important in many aspects
of female reproductive function. Estrogen is the hormone responsible
for the uterus preparing for a pregnancy. Should the ovum become
fertilized, it is progesterone that keeps menstruation from starting
and prevents further pregnancies while one develops.
In the absence of pregnancy, it is very
important for estrogen and progesterone to be in proper ratio. Each
hormone has its role to perform. Excessive estrogen in the estrogen-progesterone
ratio inhibits the action of progesterone. On the other hand, the
effects of estrogen are blocked by progesterone. You can see that
this intricate, fluctuating ratio is very important for a normal
buildup and discharge of the uterine lining, which is the normal
Sometimes when hormone imbalance is treated
nutritionally or by other means, there is a disturbance of the normal
menstrual cycle as the body re-balances its hormones.
The liver is of prime importance
in maintaining the estrogen-progesterone ratio. It is responsible
for deactivating estrogen, and it also has a role in regulating
progesterone. If the liver is not functioning at its peak, the estrogen-progesterone
ratio will probably be off; an improper buildup and discharge from
the uterus will develop, manifesting as dysmenorrhea. Liver involvement
may be the result of dietary problems, blood sugar handling stress,
or dysfunction of the body control mechanisms, as well as many other
The adrenal glands and the
thyroid are very important in the reproductive organ hormone balance.
These glands play a very intricate role in the total balance of
the endocrine system. The pituitary is the "master gland,"
and is important in its role of controlling the ovaries by the production
of the gonadotrophic hormones.
This is just a brief discussion of a very
complex subject. The important point is that reproductive hormone
imbalance can be, and usually is, the result of involvement somewhere
else in the body. The simple administration of estrogen in the form
of medication does not get to the basic cause of the problem. In
fact, prolonged administration of estrogen will ultimately cause
the ovaries to become atrophied - in other words, reduced in size.
This happens because estrogen, whether in the body naturally or
from medication, inhibits the gonadotrophic hormones from the pituitary.
These are the hormones that stimulate ovarian activity. Lack of
this stimulation causes the body to say, in essence, "We don't
need the ovaries any more," and they quit working. It's just
as if you were to put your arm in a sling and keep it there for
two years; the arm would wither and become inactive.
Another primary cause of dysmenorrhea
is structural imbalance. The uterus can be tipped or dropped, creating
a mechanical problem. This often correlates with muscular weakness,
primarily of the levator ani, which is the major muscle of the pelvic
floor. This muscle will be tested by your doctor knowledgeable in
applied kinesiology, and returned to normal strength if necessary.
He may also use treatment techniques for lifting the uterus and
returning it to a normal position. It is possible for this condition
to be so advanced that surgical intervention is necessary; in this
instance, your doctor of natural health may make a surgical referral.
The word "amenorrhea"
means "lack of menstruation." This, of course, is normal
after menopause, prior to puberty, and during pregnancy.
When amenorrhea is present for some reason
other than a normal physiological one, a general health examination
should be performed. The condition can be the result of athletic
competition, anemia, lack of protein, an overactive thyroid, or
many other general involvement's.
Hormone imbalance can also cause amenorrhea.
Sometimes hormone imbalance is the result of tumor formation;
your doctor will examine you for this. Here again, a surgical
referral may be necessary.
It is difficult to determine precisely
when menstruation will commence after successful treatment for
amenorrhea has been administered. Because the body works in a
cyclic manner and the natural health approach does nothing to
force the body into menstruation, we must wait for a normal buildup
and, finally, a discharge from the uterus. Sometimes normal menstrual
cycles begin immediately after treatment is started; in other
cases, it may take up to three months to regain them.
Unfortunately, it seems
to be the general consensus that women are going to have trouble
when they enter menopause. The normally functioning female does
not have significant problems during the menopausal period.
Under normal circumstances, the adrenal
glands mature in their process of forming the female hormones
at the time the ovaries cease functioning. Although the adrenals
do not produce the female hormones in nearly the same concentration
as the reproductive system, they provide the necessary maintenance.
The hormones from the adrenal glands take over the function as
the reproductive organs cease functioning. If an individual has
prolonged functional hypoadrenia - inadequate function of the
adrenal glands - the severe symptoms of menopause such as irritability
and hot flashes develop. If these symptoms occur, a women should
obtain natural health care as soon as possible. Ideally, a women
will use a maintenance health approach designed to keep her body
functioning at an optimal level to prevent the development of
Vaginitis is an inflammation
of the vagina that usually results from micro-organisms abnormally
multiplying. The problem often develops because the lining of
the vagina is unhealthy; consequently, there is poor resistance
to the invading micro-organisms.
The condition can correlate with a sugar
handling stress, which can cause the release of an excessive amount
of glycogen (a type of sugar) from the uterus and vaginal walls.
This, in turn, sets up a fertile field in which the many micro-organisms
can grow and thrive.
There are often colon health problems
when vaginitis is present. The colon is supposed to have bacteria
for normal function. Sometimes, however - especially with sugar
handling stress - colon bacteria are improper and can easily transfer
from the anal to the vaginal area. A women should use good hygiene
methods to avoid this. The colon should be examined and treated
when vaginitis is present. It is also recommended that when a
women is recuperating from vaginitis she take showers instead
of baths; this helps avoid contamination.
Loss of Libido
There are many reasons in
the complex female hormone system for a lack of desire for sexual
activity. The answer to the problem is to thoroughly evaluate
an individual on a natural health basis, including a complete
physical examination. The problem, as well as most health problems
significant to females, respond well to natural health care if
treatment is sought before irreversible pathologic conditions
have an opportunity to develop.