Ljupka Peev Naturopath and Herbalist

WOMEN’S HEALTH

WomenGroupNaturopathy has much to offer in helping women through different life stages and in treating and managing gynaecological conditions. Herbal medicine often provides an excellent treatment option either alone or in conjunction with medical treatment. Ljupka is currently completing her specialty in this area via a Master of Reproductive Medicine and has a great interest in all aspects of women’s health.

Adolescence & young adulthood – menstrual problems, contraception, & sexual health.

Fertility – including preconception care & pregnancy.

Menopause & the perimenopause

Menstrual problems– period pain, PMS, irregular menstruation, heavy periods, absence of periods.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Endometriosis

Uterine fibroids

Gynaecological & breast cancers

Consultations

 

Adolescence & young adulthood

The onset of menstruation can also bring with it issues such as period pain, weight change, mood change and perhaps irregular menstruation. Often young women expect that this is something that they need to suffer with into adulthood or are advised to “wait and see”. However, there are many aspects of the diet and lifestyle that can be addressed to help manage these complaints and herbal medicine is a great tool for managing functional issues such as these and others.

Later, into young adulthood, other issues come to the fore. Sexual health may become an important aspect for women at this time. Education, particularly before a woman’s sexual debut but just as importantly afterwards, plays a pivotal role in prevention of sexually transmitted infections and “accidental” pregnancies. In consultation, Ljupka provides up to date information on prevention strategies such as vaccination, as well as contraception options based on the individual’s needs and concerns and has a great network of gynaecologists that she refers to when required.

 

Fertility

Naturopathic fertility support can be used whether you:

  • Are thinking about becoming pregnant in the near future;
  • Are currently actively trying to conceive;
  • Have been diagnosed with a condition that effects your ability to conceive (or your partner’s);
  • Are undergoing medical treatments to help you conceive;
  • Are currently pregnant.

For more detailed information, please see Preparing for Pregnancy, Fertility Assessment, IVF Support, &/or Pregnancy Care.

 

Menopause & the perimenopause

Mature Women

Leading up to menopause, women may experience changes in their menstrual cycle (often initially shorter cycles with heavier periods), as well as in their mood and energy that can greatly impact on their quality of life. With the cessation of menstruation, symptoms of menopause can arise, such as:

  • Hot flushes
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Joint pain
  • Changes in memory & concentration
  • Stress, emotional instability, anxiety &/or depression
  • Weight changes – particularly increase in abdominal girth

Using evidence-informed strategies, herbal and nutritional medicine can provide great relief of these symptoms, improving quality of life.

Risk assessment and prevention strategies are equally as important at this life stage, to help maintain health and prevent illness. Key areas of assessment include:

  • Bone health
  • Cardiovascular health – cholesterol, blood pressure, general fitness
  • Blood sugar regulation for diabetes prevention
  • Thyroid function

 

Menstrual problems

Period PainEach woman will have a different experience of her menstrual cycle, from how long her cycle is and what her period is like, to symptoms that may present before, during or after her period. Often, women may think that symptoms such as PMS, period pain or heavy or irregular bleeding are normal and simply put up with them. However, not only can this all be treated, but it is important to have symptoms assessed in order to ensure that they are not signs of an underlying condition.

Herbal medicine is uniquely placed in treating many gynaecological conditions in that it can be used to correct functional aberrations, where medical options may be limited.

 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Correct diagnosis of this condition is vital so that it is not missed (perhaps because the woman is of normal weight or is underweight) or, more commonly, has been diagnosed incorrectly, often on the basis of polycystic ovaries on ultrasound alone.

Dietary and lifestyle changes are the key to treatment and management of PCOS. Herbal medicine may also be employed, if necessary. Read more at PCOS.

Ljupka was contributing author to Women, Hormones & the Menstrual Cycle, 3rd edition , a textbook providing naturopathic & medical information, and contributed to chapter 15 – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, amongst others.

 

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition, where cells and tissues that normally line the uterus (endometrium) are found outside of the uterus, usually in the pelvic or abdominal cavity. See Endometriosis for more information and self-help strategies.

Herbal and nutritional medicine can be used to:

  • reduce pain
  • reduce inflammation
  • slow or stop progression
  • reduce the risk of adhesions
  • increase fertility.

 

Uterine fibroids

Although naturopathic treatment cannot remove uterine fibroids, it may be useful in reducing their rate of growth and in addressing any associated symptoms such as heavy bleeding with subsequent iron loss.

 

Gynaecological & breast cancer support

Breast Cancer RibbonNaturopathic support during medical treatment of cancer is aimed at addressing side-effects of medical treatment and optimising the health and well-being of the individual, so that they may continue with and complete their medical treatment. This requires experience and expertise in order to ensure safety and best possible outcome. Ljupka has helped support many people through their medical treatment and only does so in collaboration with the treating doctor.

 

 

Consultations:

Consultation with Ljupka is available by appointment. Please call 0488 995 474 or email ljupka@naturopathy.melbourne for appointments.

Ljupka is currently specialising in reproductive health in men and women through a Master of Reproductive Medicine. Read more about Ljupka Peev. 

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