Prenatal & Preconception
The choices that you make before conception can impact your child’s health for their entire life. Preconception care involves creating an optimal physical and biochemical environment in the mother’s body for a child to be conceived into. We are surrounded by toxic substances in the air we breath, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Eliminating and reducing these factors can make a large impact on the health of a developing fetus. Proper hormone balance, organ function, and gut health of the mother are essential to a healthy pregnancy and health of the baby after it is born.
Our children are facing more chronic health conditions then ever before. What they are exposed to through their environment, diet and lifestyle begin in the womb. Many children have neurological and digestive imbalances that impact how they learn and interact with their family and community. Functional Medicine can help families looking to improve their children’s health through finding the root causes of imbalance and treating with safe and natural methods to restore a child’s innate healing abilities and optimal life expression. Genetic analysis, stool testing, and mitochondrial function testing are all used to asses how we can optimize your child’s health.
Female Specific Exams and Laboratory Testing:
Female specific testing and examination can be done to determine hormone imbalances or chronic urinary and vaginal infections, that may be causing symptoms and pain. Laboratory testing allows for us to determine what natural treatments will be most effective to balance the body’s chemistry and to heal, or if referral to a specialist is needed.
Mild vaginal and urinary bacterial infections are caused by an imbalance in the “good” vs “bad” bacteria of the vagina and can often be treated naturally without toxic medicines that may create further imbalance with antibiotic resistant or painful yeast infections.
Symptoms may be subtle so it important to have a pelvic exam yearly and to check for problems including infection or presence of abnormal cells.
Vaginal Dysbiosis: Care for your vaginal microbiome.
Your vaginal microbiome is directly related to your urinary microbiome and is affected by your gut microbiome. If there is dysbiosis in the gut, it is common to also have dysbiotic bacteria in the vagina. Antibiotics often are the culprit of chronic yeast infections, and can be the cause of urinary tract infection from E.Coli and other opportunists. ‘Opportunists’ being organisms that could generally not proliferate if there was a healthy microbiome present. Contributors of vaginal dysbiosis include:
- Hormone Imbalance
- Changes in climate and environment
- New sexual partners
- Current sexual partner’s hygiene
- Treatment with antibiotics, especially prolonged or repeated
- Conventional douches
- Gut dysbiosis – The microflora of the vagina is very closely related to intestinal microflora.
- Immune insufficiency
- Tampon use
Chronic undetected vaginal dysbiosis leads to pain with intercourse, inflammation, pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic pelvic pain and vaginitis. More subtle symptoms of vaginal dysbiosis being discharge (your body trying to heal the chronic infection) and unwanted odor can also impact your quality of life. Please contact us for guidance on treating vaginal dysbiosis naturally.