Functional Medicine Approaches for Pregnancy and Reproductive Health

Reproductive Health
Functional Medicine Approaches for Pregnancy and Reproductive Health​

Reproductive health isn’t simply about procreating. It’s a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, where the body systems are in balance in their functions and processes. It’s because your hormones and their metabolites ultimately have an effect on each and every part of your body and thus dictate your state of wellbeing. 

The downstream effect of an imbalance in your reproductive systems not only impact your sexuality, your fertility and the changes you go through as your body progresses through the ages, it can be the reason you develop certain medical conditions or the reason you suffer from a multitude of debilitating symptoms. 

Your hormones have an influence on:

  • Weight management
  • Muscle mass
  • Body fat distribution
  • Inflammation
  • Conditions like erectile dysfunction, estrogen dominance, hyperandrogenism, low testosterone, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis 
  • Risk of disease like cancer, diabetes and heart disease
  • Menopause
  • Prostate health

Overall reproductive health requires a holistic treatment approach that includes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Using a Functional Medicine approach, the practitioners at Aches Away Toronto are able to identify which of these systems are out of balance and behind your symptoms. 

Your imbalances are more than your symptoms; they are as a result of imbalances in your foundation, your body’s machinery that control your metabolic processes, they are a change in the raw materials your body has available to maintain optimal function, and the correction thereof requires more than a pill, potion, or promising elixir. 

Once the root cause of the imbalance is found, the treatment approach can be implemented. From nutrition to exercise, weight and stress management, natural therapies for reproductive health can have a profound effect on every aspect of your body through the balancing of your hormones. To get started on your journey, click on one of the practitioners below. 

Naturopathy: Reproductive health is at the heart of what Dr Jennah is all about. From menstruation to pregnancy, there’s nothing Dr Jennah doesn’t address. She provides comprehensive protocols that target and address fertility, periods, hormones and pregnancy support. She looks at the individual as a whole and, by identifying the root cause of your reproductive imbalances, will help you to find the answers and solutions you need to bring about balance once again. 

Acupuncture: Research has shown that using acupuncture for reproductive health improves blood flow to the reproductive organs. It is often a treatment approach to improve the outcomes of infections, endometriosis, the symptoms of menopause, erectile dysfunction, infertility and menstrual symptoms. 

Counselling: Are you finding it difficult to adjust to the changing role of being a parent, or simply needing a compassionate ear for the stressors related to your pregnancy or growing family? Share your experiences and worries with Stevie, and together, you can put strategies in place to ensure your emotional wellbeing stays on track. 

Osteopathy: Manual interventions employed by osteopathic therapies have been shown to be beneficial for patients wanting to fall pregnant. Under examination of an osteopath, your unique structure and function will be considered before interventions are implemented, for example, to strengthen the pelvic floor, or improve free movement of your internal organs. 

Massage Therapy: Massage may improve blood flow to enhance the function of your reproductive organs or be used as a complementary therapy to promote relaxation, reduce the stress when trying to fall pregnant and promote emotional wellbeing, all part of the health of your hormonal systems and overall reproductive health. 

Nutritional Therapy: Your body needs a wide variety of nutrients to not only support the production of your reproductive hormones, it needs just as many nutrients for them to function in an optimal way. Should you have a nutritional deficiency, or lack a certain nutrient in your diet, it can have a huge impact on your reproductive health. Vanessa is able to help you to identify where these deficiencies may lie, and to implements a diet and lifestyle plan to ensure you have the right nutrients for the job. 

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