Feminine Health


   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.

Hormone balance

    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 menstrual cycle.
    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 causes.


    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.

Structural Balance

    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 such symptoms.


    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.


JIM BARTLEY, DC DIBAK is a Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist practicing Applied Kinesiology in central and Bend, Oregon who treats conditions such as Sports Injuries, neck pain, back pain, headaches, shoulder problems, elbow problems, knee pain, ankle pain, foot pain, orthopedic conditions, TMJ jaw or temporomandibular joint problems using natural Chiropractic healthcare and Applied Kinesiology