Melanie Wingate

Traditional Naturopathy

Female Health

Women of all ages may experience discomfort or imbalances in their bodies from time to time, for some it may be a minor upset, but for others it may be quite extreme.

There are many reasons why these disturbances occur, most commonly there is some sort of a hormonal imbalance which may be due to exposure to toxins in the external environment or it may also be inherited from our family members.

Some of the most common conditions that females may experience include:

Pre Menstrual Syndrome
Pre Menstrual Syndrome is something that is commonly experienced by many women. It involves changes to moods, eating habits, increased pain levels and distorted thinking in women just before and/or during menstruation. Women can experience a vast range of symptoms and generally the causation is due to an imbalance of hormonal function.  
Melanie Wingate will use a combination of dietary advise, counselling and natural medicines to assist with alleviating the symptoms and maintain the condition.

Endometriosis 
Endometriosis occurs when cells of the endometrial tissue (the tissue that is found in the uterus lining) spread and attach themselves to other parts of the internal organs, such as the ovaries or the ligaments that support the uterus. These cells can also be found in the vagina, fallopian tubes, vulva, bladder and bowels. Each month, the displaced endometrial tissue may bleed, just as a regular cycle does, however there is no outlet for it to leave the body. This causes inflammation and eventually leads to the formation of adhesions or scar tissue. The adhesions pull and distort the organs, making some movements very painful, such as sex or going to the toilet.
This condition can affect up to 10% of the population, some of the symptoms you may experience include pain or discomfort during sex or when going to the toilet. Other symptoms can include lower back pain, pelvic pain, period pain,  dysmenorrhea, irregular periods or infertility.
Melanie Wingate will use a combination of dietary advise, counselling and natural medicines to assist with alleviating the symptoms and maintain the condition.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition that involves having multiple cysts on the ovaries, and can affect 12 to 14% of women of reproductive age. The cysts on the ovaries can prevent the eggs from developing full maturation, making them incapable of fertilisation. 

PCOS is a metabolic condition and is commonly associated with insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. Because of the increased levels of insulin, there is a decrease in sex hormone binding globulin which binds free androgens, which are increasing. This leads to a higher level of androgens resulting in symptoms such as irregular hair growth (including facial hair) and acne. A propensity to gain weight and develop obesity will make the underlying androgen increase and insulin resistance worse. 

Other symptoms of the condition include irregular periods, or no period at all, infertility, mood changes, obesity and depression.
Melanie Wingate will use a combination of dietary advise, counselling and natural medicines to assist with alleviating the symptoms and maintain the condition.

Fibroids
Fibroids are non cancerous tumours that are found inside the uterus walls. They are more common in women over the age of 30 and can affect as many as 1 in 5. The fibroids vary in size and can be diagnosed through ultrasound. The condition may remain symptom free, however they may also place increased pressure on the bladder, making urination more frequent.
Melanie Wingate will use a combination of dietary advise, counselling and natural medicines to assist with alleviating the symptoms and maintain the condition.

Menopause
Menopause means the cessation of periods and can naturally occur for women between 45-55 years of age. Some symptoms may include hot flushes, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, atrophy of breasts (reduction in size), depression, weight gain and loss of concentration.
Melanie Wingate will use a combination of dietary advise, counselling and natural medicines to assist with alleviating the symptoms and maintain the condition.