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Women’s Health

Women’s health is unique

This website area focuses exclusively on health topics that affect the health of women. Topics covered in this section include:
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a painful condition where a woman’s uterine lining grows outside of the uterus. Not only is this extremely pain for women, but can have several effects on her health including:
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Painful intercourse
  • Uncomfortable gut symptoms
  • Infertility.
The condition is commonly treated with surgery, hormone therapy and medications; however, researchers are discovering that diet also plays a role.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance condition in women that is characterized by symptoms such as:
  • Weight gain
  • Male-pattern hair growth
  • High androgen (male hormone) levels
  • Polycystic ovaries seen on ultrasound
  • Irregular or absent periods
  • Infertility.
Weight loss is a major treatment method in improving the hormonal imbalance associated with this condition, and is therefore one of the main reasons why diet is so important in managing PCOS.

Fertility and pre-natal nutrition

Fertility issues are actually quite common, affecting 10-15% couples trying to conceive. A woman’s fertility can be affected by a number of factors, diet being a significant one. However, there are also particular women’s conditions that can affect a woman’s natural fertility – PCOS and Endometriosis; both of which can be managed with diet.

Pregnancy nutrition

The health of a growing fetus relies on the nutrition of their mother. Likewise, the health of the mother relies on the nutrition they are providing for themselves. However, there are many additional factors that can affect a woman’s ability to eat well during pregnancy, such as:
  • Morning sickness
  • Food aversions
  • Early satiety
  • Reflux
  • Knowledge around what’s safe and what’s not during pregnancy.

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