A monthly visit to Menstrual Island can be painful

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on


The conversation of periods need to come out in the open.

Let's stop tolerating the pain and hiding them from our conversations.

Let's stop just getting them regulated artificially with a pill which changes your hormones.

There are much healthier options for birth control and more natural ways to solve any pains and problems with your period.

Tracking your period tells me alot as a Naturopath about what is going on.  Having this understanding of your cycle and where problems such as mood swings are occurring lets me know if it is actually hormonal or maybe a neurotransmitter dysregulation.

A simple task of taking your temperature lets me know which phase of your period is causing the major issues.  It can also let me know alot about your thyroid.

Having a better understanding of your period lets me have a better understanding of your underlying health.  I always ask my patients about their period, even if this isn't why they came to see me.

When you are healthy your period will arrive with ease and without pain.  If there is pain, clotting, irregularity, spotting, and all of the other signs and symptoms from Menstrual Island then we need to find a way to get you off that Island.

The most common pharmaceutical solution to all of the signs and symptoms such as PCOS, endometriosis, clotting, pain, etc, is the oral contraceptive pill. Talk to your friends see what they say.  This is why when my patients tell me they are on the pill I ask, what age did you start?, did you start for contraceptive reasons or period reasons?, 9/10 I hear period reasons. 

This is an artificial band-aid approach rather than a repair approach.  What is the difference between these two approaches? The pill is synthetic and takes over from your hormones and covers up all of the signs and symptoms you are experiencing.  The problem is that usually when you stop the pill those signs and symptoms especially related to fertility will still be there. 

A natural herbal approach doesn't override your hormones it works with them gently towards a more powerful and permanent solution.  They repair the problems rather than covering them up.

One of the biggest problems I see in clinic is when the time for making babies arrives and taking the pill has stopped and all of these problems are still there, especially PCOS.  It breaks my heart to see my patients in a hurry to conceive and still experiencing these problems and the only solution is to go on artificial fertility drugs. 

Who am I?

I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body. Major areas for improvement include gut, thyroid, kidney, skin and liver health. Conditions such as hypothyroidism, fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, & irritable bowel conditions. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation. Patients experience amazing results which are seen in their blood tests with improved thyroid markers, cholesterol, and liver markers.  As well as lower blood pressure and see relief from improved gastrointestinal symptoms like the ones that mean you need to know where every single toilet is before you leave the house. 

Melissa Callaghan ND, BHSc, BTeach
Clinical Naturopath


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