|Aids to Female Health Problems
Introduction By Steven Horne
The other day an intelligent young lady was asked, “What are babies made of ?”
She admitted she didn’t know.
Hearing that what she eats is used to make the fetus grow was something she had never thought of.
Lack of proper teaching and not following the teachings might be the cause of many of our health issues.
Along with a general body cleanse, a diet of about 70 percent raw foods emphasizing fruits and vegetables has often corrected many female problems. Plenty of pure water and adequate exercise will help oxygenate all tissues and clear debris from the lymph system and bowels. Be warned, however, that overdoing this may cause menstruation to cease, and even cause impotence and infertility in some cases.
Knowing about nutritional elements can make all the difference in solving your particular problems. Remember to use care when taking anything in large amounts, or if you have special chronic problems. For example, use small amounts of blue cohosh if you have low blood pressure.
Menstruation—Cramping is often caused by too little calcium and magnesium in the diet. Use a ratio of 2 to 1.
[ By Tracee Cornforth ]
The uterus is a pear-shaped organ which, in its non-pregnant state, is collapsed and about the size of your fist. It is located between the bladder and the lower intestines. The lower third of the uterus is called the cervix. The cervix has an opening called the os which opens into the vaginal canal and permits your period to flow out.
Extending from each side of the uterus are the fallopian tubes. Near the end of each fallopian tube is an ovary. The ovaries are almond-sized organs which produce eggs. Each ovary contains from 200,000 to 400,000 follicles. These follicles contain the material necessary to produce eggs.
The inner lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. The endometrium sheds during menstruation. Your menstrual flow also contains blood and mucus from the cervix and vagina. When pregnancy occurs, the endometrium thickens and fills with blood vessels that mature into the placenta that houses the growing fetus.
Which Hormones Interact with the Reproductive Organs?
There are 6 hormones that serve as chemical messengers to your reproductive system:
During your menstrual cycle, GnRH is released first by the hypothalamus. This causes a chemical reaction in the pituitary gland and stimulates the production of FSH and LH. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone (yes, the male hormone) are produced by the ovaries in reaction to stimulation by FSH and LH. When these hormones work in unison, normal menstrual cycles occur. (End of article by Tracee Cornforth)
What are irregular periods?
What symptoms could you experience?
Every woman's periods are different, and it can be difficult to assess whether or not your bleeding is heavier than it should be. Periods are obviously a personal subject, and most of us have no way of knowing if our bleeding is the same as that of our friends or anyone else. How do specialists gauge it? Well, thanks to a number of women who sent their sanitary towels and tampons to a lab for analysis, we now know what is considered to be 'normal'.
On average, we lose about 6-8 teaspoons (35ml), or about half an eggcup, over the course of a period. Some women lose more and others less, but this figure acts as a benchmark for an average woman in an average cycle.
Are your periods heavy?
For some women, symptoms are so extreme that they will actually flood
to the point of haemorrhaging. I have had women describe flooding through
their clothes and all over the car seat while driving. The blood may
also contain clots that look like pieces of liver, which can be alarming.
Some women have said that their flow has become so unpredictable and
intense that they cannot stray far from a toilet. Many women reach the
point where their lives are being planned around their periods.
Are there other symptoms?
What are your choices?
One of the aims of the natural approach to heavy periods is to ensure that your hormones are balanced. If you have excess estrogen, your womb lining can build up. Not only is what you eat important but supplements are added to make the dietary changes more effective in a shorter period of time.
Periods can be missed both at the beginning and end of our reproductive life. In the beginning, when we enter puberty, hormones can take a number of months to settle down into a proper rhythm. Much the same thing occurs as we move towards the menopause, and missing periods can be quite common. There are also natural reasons why we do not have periods - for example, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding . However, if you suffer from an absence of periods for more than six months, without any of these natural causes or at these normal times, you can be sure that what you are experiencing is not natural.
What is amenorrhoea?
The term 'amenorrhoea' literally means 'the absence of periods'. It may seem like a fairly straightforward diagnosis - either you have periods, or you don't. However, amenorrhoea is not a diagnosed condition, but a symptom of another problem. There are a wide variety of reasons why you may not be having periods, and you must always take steps to find out what is causing your amenorrhoea.
It's not normal for women to have no periods, and there will be something at the root of the problem.There is no doubt that periods can be inconvenient, but the plain truth is that it is unnatural not to have them. Your body is designed to have menstrual cycles when you are not pregnant, and if you are not having periods there is something out of balance or unnatural happening in your body. This needs to be investigated and treated. For one thing, if you are not having periods, your risk of osteoporosis is greatly increased.
What are your choices?
If medical tests indicate that there is nothing seriously wrong, this section is for you. You may have been told 'to wait and see' or to go on the Pill as a form of treatment. This is one of those situations where the natural approach really comes into its own. By looking at your diet, correcting any vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and using herbs, it is possible to correct the underlying imbalance that is causing the loss of periods.
It is also important to look at your weight, to ensure that it falls within the normal ranges regardless of whether you are overweight or underweight because the effects on your cycle can be dramatic.
If you have been dieting you are likely to be deficient in vital nutrients. The same goes if you have been under a lot of stress.
Previous use of the Pill will also have upset your intake of nutrients. You may have low levels of the B vitamins, especially B2, B6, B12 and also folic acid. It is also well known that the Pill upsets the balance of copper and zinc in your body. You can end up with too much copper and not enough zinc. This imbalance can still exist even if it has been some time since you took the Pill regularly. Zinc is crucial for healthy functioning of your reproductive system.
Suggested Products: Nutri-Calm and Folic Acid Plus
What symptoms could you experience?
The pain itself can vary and women will often experience two types of pain: a constant low back ache like a dull ache (congestive dysmenorrhoea) and/or cramping pains like contractions (spasmodic dysmenorrhoea)
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