In this Perth clinic we use homeopathy and naturopathic principles to treat a wide range of menstrual cycle and reproductive problems in women. As always, treatment is individual and only determined after an extensive consultation.
Irregular menstrual cycle is a common presentation, where the periods vary between 3 to 6 weeks or longer. There are two common patterns, both of which are treatable by homeopathy.
It is called metrorrhagia if most of the periods are less than 4 weeks apart. A very short cycle, consistently less than 3 weeks, is called polymenorrhoea, or “many menses”. This is often a lifestyle problem caused by poor diet, excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking and stress. Attention to these factors and the indicated constitutional homeopathic remedy, based on the patient’s whole symptom pattern usually helps resolve this.
If the menses are between 4 weeks to 3 – 6 months it is known as oligomenorrhea. This may be caused either by low oestrogen or high oestrogen associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (dealt with in more detail on a separate page). Where the menses stop completely, or fail to resume after stopping the Pill, it is called amenorrhoea.
Attention to naturopathic principles are important here too, but undoing the effects of the oral contraceptive pill is crucial to resolving all menstrual problems, and homeopathic medicines will often assist.
PMS, or PMT as it is sometimes called, is common and has many presentation and many remedies. Mental symptoms include fatigue, irritability, anxiety, depression, oversensitivity, crying spells, social withdrawal, forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating. Physical symptoms include abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, acne breakouts, appetite changes, sweet cravings, fluid retention, headaches and stomach upsets.
These are largely due to oestrogen dominance and aggravated by use of the Pill. Here, diet, exercise and attention to naturopathic principles and lifestyle are important, but common constitutional homeopathic remedies prescribed to the whole picture often resolve the problem. These are prescribed to the whole pattern of symptoms of the patient, not just her menstrual and pre-menstrual symptoms
Many women think that period pain, like PMS, is inevitable, but after homeopathic treatment for other problems, because the whole person is treated, they are often surprised to find that dysmenorrhoea resolves permanently.
Cramping, contracting or sharp, shooting pains are helped by remedies like Cimicifuga (pictured), Magnesium phosphoricum and Colocynthis and heavy, dragging pains by Sepia, Pulsatilla, Natrum muriaticum, Helonias and Lilium tigrinum, amongst others. But, as always, to resolve the problem correctly the homeopath must prescribe a constitutional medicine to the whole picture, taking any contributing pathology into account.