WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

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Women’s reproductive health is a big issue. It is relevant not only when it comes to breast cancer, but how we feel – all day, every day. Women’s reproductive health is all about hormones. Our hormones influence our thoughts, our feelings and our perceptions.

Here are four things most people don't know about women's reproductive health.

Women’s reproductive health is directly linked to their digestive health! This is a really important point. Women are twice as likely to have slow digestion. The reasons why are not clear and may vary from person to person. If you only do one thing to move toward better health, start with regulating your digestion.

From a holistic perspective, women’s reproductive health is very dependent on digestive function and in order to regulate hormones, the digestion MUST be working well.

When the body is getting rid of excess estrogen, it goes out through the bowels. Excess estrogen is associated with fibroids, endometriosis, breast pain, fibrocystic breasts and breast cancer. If the bowels are not moving well, the estrogen gets reabsorbed and has to go thru the system all over again.

If you have ever cleaned the house only to turn
around and have the kids make a mess, you can imagine the feeling …

Your bowel movements should be daily, easy, and regular. This is a very important component of women’s reproductive health and the basis of all health.

Three simple suggestions to help regulate digestive health are:

1. Abdominal massage – rub your belly in a clockwise direction for a few minutes before you go to sleep or when you first wake up.
 

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2. Drink plenty of water
   
3. Eat your fiber!


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In Chinese Medicine, women's reproductive health is directly related to breast cancer risk!

Most people don’t realize the connection between the two. We will explain the connection in two ways.

First is the theory ... there cannot be a manifestation of breast disease unless there is first a disorder on the level of the ovaries. Endometriosis, fibroids, PMS, fertility issues, painful periods or miscarriage are examples of such disorders. Most women when faced with these issues will choose a treatment that eliminates the symptom; e.g. surgery, medication. They never restore their reproductive health; in fact most women don’t even know it is a possibility!

(I found two cool reports on reversing reproductive problems.  I didn't write them, but i'm glad someone did.  If you have ovarian cysts, this information may be helpful to you.    If you have endometriosis, this information may be helpful to you.

Second, let’s look at the anatomy to see how breast health is connected to a woman’s reproductive health. Even though the Chinese didn’t have the anatomical information that we now have, they figured this out.

The Chinese use a system called meridians. In their system there is a relationship with the meridians in the uterine area and the breasts.

In western medicine, from the development of the fetus, the mammary glands are connected to the ovaries. In fact, some women have extra nipples along the mammary ridge that connects the ovaries to the breasts.

There is also the hormonal connection between the ovaries and the breasts. The ovaries produce estrogen and it is estrogen that tells our breast tissue to grow. Most breast cancers are considered “hormonal cancers” because they have hormonal receptors on the cancer cell.

In order to “prevent” breast disease, we need to look at hormonal symptoms differently. Think of it as if you were driving in your car and the warning light came on, chances are you would pull into a gas station and ask why the light was on. Few women would ask the mechanic to pull out the warning fuse because the light was bothering them. They would be concerned to find the real problem in the car. In reproductive issues, women often have the fuse removed through medication or surgery. There is little attention to the underlying issues that contributed to the symptoms.

Do you get hot flashes?

Women's reproductive health is being explored in new ways. There are more theories about hormones than most people realize.

Women’s reproductive health is being explored in new ways. There are more theories about hormones than most people realize.

In energetic medicine theory, the glandular organs (like our ovaries) are each directly related to an energetic center in the body (referred to as chakras in Sanskrit). The physical presence of these centers has now been realized in quantum medicine. These energetic centers relate very much with our emotions. Many holistic health practitioners believe this is where the emotions may first become manifest, in these glandular structures. Our hormones, which are produced in these glands influence our feelings so much! Ever have PMS?!!!! If this is true, the implication for women’s reproductive health is profound. Could our emotional state influence our hormonal system and not just the other way around?!?

Chances are it is a cycle – like the chicken and the egg – which came first? Hormones are complicated and we are just beginning to understand them. This is an emerging field of medicine and one that holds great promise for the future of medicine. One thing is certain; hormones are not static structures that have a simple to define cause and effect. It is now know that estrogen influences not only breast tissue growth but our skin, cognitive function and sleep patterns.

There are exercises to help stop PMS, click here to learn them!

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Many common household products and cosmetics contain chemicals that mimic hormones in our body!

This is an emerging problem and another area that is not totally understood regarding women’s reproductive health. Some chemicals, commonly found in pesticides, cleaning products, plastics and cosmetics seem to actually mimic estrogen in the body. Remember that excess estrogen is associated with fibroids, endometriosis, breast pain, fibrocystic breasts, breast cancer and more. Recent testing has shown these chemicals, commonly referred to as xenoestrogens (xeno means foreign) show up in the blood of every person tested. They are even showing up in the umbilical cords of babies, which is very alarming.

There are cleaner non-toxic products. Below are a few resources to help you avoid these excess estrogens. As long as there is some question as to how safe they are, let’s err on the side of caution and be as safe as possible. Remember, women’s reproductive health also translates to the health of our children.

To find out more about this and to see which products are safe, go to:

For cosmetics:

http://www.safecosmetics.org

http://www.nottoopretty.org


Here are two sites that work for household cleaners:

http://es.epa.gov/techinfo/facts/safe-fs.html

http://www.cleanair.org/CEH/CEHCleaners.html


If you want to learn more about xenoestrogens, read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson or Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn and check out the websites on our resources page.

   


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