Clinician Resources

Endometriosis and Fatigue: Relieving pain and fatigue, and improving fertility with an integrative approach

Up to 80% of pelvic pain is related to endometriosis, and 176 million girls and women worldwide suffer from endometriosis. Helping women to overcome endometriosis requires a multidisciplinary, integrative approach.  There is no silver bullet solution to endometriosis, but when we take a collaborative approach and dig until we find each patient’s individual healing recipe of therapies, mindsets, and support, healing is available. What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a common…

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Xenoestrogens and Breast Cancer

Xenoestrogen Exposure is a Clear Risk Factor for Breast and Other Female Cancers For our clients and patients with exposure to xenoestrogens, the first step is to reduce the exposures, lowering their overall toxic load. Everyone is exposed to some level of xenoestrogens; it’s impossible to completely avoid them. Thus, it’s important to emphasize the benefit of small, consistent reductions of exposure, and not to overwhelm our clients. And, as…

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Probiotics and Pelvic Pain

Probiotics and Pelvic Pain The best probiotic for women can be challenging to choose from among the many options.  For women with pelvic pain, the choice can be even more challenging.  As health and wellness professionals who support women with pelvic pain, we have to educate ourselves about the research on the best strains, and their mechanisms of action to better support our clients and patients. The Best Probiotic for…

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Gluten and Endometriosis

Gluten and Endometriosis Is there a link between gluten and endometriosis?  Should women avoid gluten to lower their risk of endometriosis or to help to resolve the symptoms of endometriosis? Let’s look at the research… First, it’s important to consider that endometriosis has many characteristics of an autoimmune disease (Eisenberg, et al., 2012).  It is clear that endometriosis is an inflammatory disease process.  In endometriosis, the presence of endometrial glands…

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Alumni Spotlight: Heba Shaheed Nurturing New Mothers Globally

Our Women's Health Coach graduate and physical therapist Heba Shaheed is a Sydney, Australia based powerhouse.  Known as The Pelvic Expert, Heba is now reaching new mothers all over the globe with her unique Mother Nurture program. I had the honor of witnessing her amazing growth as she took our Women's Health Coach Certification and ran with it!  Heba recently had a new baby of her own, and began to…

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Reduce Male Infertility Risk with The Healthy Sperm Diet

The Healthy Sperm Diet Male infertility is rarely discussed.  But, it's as common as female infertility.  Generally, the cause of infertility for a couple is 30% a male infertility factor, 30% female, and 30% both or undetermined.  Good nutrition can reduce male infertility risk, improve sperm health, and support more stable genetic material in the sperm. A whole-foods, plant-based diet, rich in a variety of vegetables, fruits, and antioxidants are…

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Using an Elimination Diet to Relieve Vulvodynia and IBS

Functional Nutrition Treatment Options for Vulvodynia and IBS When the pain of vulvodynia hits - the painful sex, the pain with wearing tight pants, the pain with just sitting through a movie! - you just want it gone. Fortunately, by taking an integrative approach and getting to the root cause of your vulvodynia, it's possible to relieve your pain for the long term! You might have heard of seeking specialized…

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Pelvic Pain and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Terry Wahls

Chronic Pelvic Pain and Autoimmunity... Is there a connection? In my practice, many of my patients who struggle with chronic pelvic pain also have autoimmune conditions.  Even those who don't have clear autoimmune diagnoses, often have autoimmune issues - such as intestinal barrier inflammation, food sensitivities, immune hyper-responsiveness, and chronic inflammation. In this interview with Dr. Terry Wahls, we discussed her approach to reversing autoimmune disease, and the connections between…

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How to Heal Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia affects over 14 million women in the US alone. Vulvodynia can be a frustrating condition to treat, because vulvodynia simply means pain in the vulva (or specifically in the vulvar vestibule), the name of the condition alone doesn’t tell us much about the root cause of vulvodynia. If vulvodynia is provoked, then it’s only bothersome when the tissue is irritated, such as during sex, when wiping after using the…

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The Connection Between SIBO and Bladder Pain (and how to relieve both)

One of the reasons that relieving pelvic pain is so challenging is that pain in different systems within the pelvis can overlap.  For example, in rats where experimental colitis (colon irritation) was induced, many of the rats also experienced bladder and urethral pain (Yoshikawa et al., 2015).  Thus, there is clear overlap between bladder pain and gastrointestinal symptoms. Root cause relief for SIBO and interstitial cystitis related bladder pain requires…

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