Women’s Health

Wellspring LifeCare -  - Integrative Medicine Clinic

Wellspring LifeCare

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Advanced Diagnostic Center located in Irvine, CA

Women experience extraordinary changes in their bodies throughout their lifetime, from menarche to pregnancy to menopause. While some sail smoothly through regular cycles, childbirth, and the transition to menopause, others experience symptoms such as irregular or painful periods, premenstrual tension, heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility, and postmenopausal hot flashes, anxiety, and weight gain that disrupt their lives and overall wellness. The team at Wellspring LifeCare offers a holistic and integrative approach to easing menstrual or menopausal symptoms, supporting efforts to conceive a baby, and improving your overall health and wellness. Call Wellspring LifeCare or schedule a consultation online today.

Women’s Health

What are dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome and menorrhagia?

Some women suffer from painful cramps during menstruation month after month. Painful menstrual cramps are also referred to as dysmenorrhea, and may be exacerbated by emotional or physical stress, poor circulation or endometriosis.

Premenstrual syndrome refers to physical and psychological symptoms occurring prior to menstruation, such as fatigue, irritability, depressed mood and tension.

Menorrhagia is heavy bleeding during a menstrual period, including prolonged menstrual periods or excessive bleeding.

What is infertility?

Infertility occurs when you are unable to conceive through sexual intercourse. This may be due to issues in either the female or male partner, and many factors have to come together perfectly for conception to occur.

As a woman, your ovaries need to produce and release a mature egg. That egg must travel through your fallopian tube to reach your uterus. At the same time, a male partner has to ejaculate a sufficient quantity of healthy sperm that manages to make its way through the cervix and into the uterus. It can take hundreds of millions of sperm for just a single one to successfully find and join with the egg.

In this process, many things can interfere with a successful conception. For example, your ovaries may not produce healthy eggs on a regular schedule, or you may have a structural issue in your fallopian tubes or uterus that prevents the egg from reaching its destination. Men may not produce enough quality sperm to successfully make the journey to the uterus or locate the egg.

When should I talk to a doctor about infertility?

If you are under the age of 35, you should talk to the team at Wellspring LifeCare if you have been trying to have a baby for a year without success. If you are 35 or older, you should seek medical assessment and treatment after six months of trying for a baby.

What is menopause?

Menopause is the stage of life when women stop producing and releasing fertile eggs, and their menstrual cycles stop. When most patients talk about menopause, they group perimenopause in with full menopause.

Perimenopause includes the years that lead up to the end of your fertility. Your body produces fewer hormones, and you may start to experience irregular periods and other menopausal symptoms. You reach full menopause when you have not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months.

What are the common symptoms of menopause?

Menopausal symptoms vary between patients. You may experience some, none, or all of the symptoms. Menopause symptoms also range in severity from mild to debilitating. Some of the most common menopause symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Libido loss
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful sex

Your fluctuating and decreasing hormones are responsible for your menopause symptoms. Other conditions that develop due to lower hormone levels include osteoporosis and increased cholesterol levels.

When should I talk to a doctor about my menopause symptoms?

You might think that perimenopause and menopause are transitions that you just have to suffer through, but this isn’t the case. If your menopausal symptoms are disrupting your life and interfering with your wellness, you should make an appointment to talk to the compassionate doctors at Wellspring LifeCare. Their patient-focused and holistic approach to managing menopause can help you feel more like yourself and return to your healthy, active life.

How are infertility, menstrual disorders, and menopausal symptoms treated?

At Wellspring LifeCare, the doctors consider your overall health and wellness, and offer an integrative approach combining the power of modern diagnostic tests, state-of-the-art laser and radiofrequency medical technology, prescription medicine, herbal medicine, supplements and acupuncture to improve your wellbeing, and resolve your symptoms or help you conceive.

For example, fertility treatments begin with a thorough exam and testing to identify the issue preventing you from becoming pregnant. Both male and female partners should undergo fertility testing. Some menstrual disorders, such as irregular periods, may contribute to infertility.

Many menstrual disorders improve substantially with a combination of custom-formulated herbal medicine and specific vitamins and other supplements, as well as hormonal contraceptives for those who are not seeking to conceive a baby. Acupuncture can be very helpful not only for relieving acute episodes of pain, but also for long-term maintenance of regular cycles.

Last but not least, if you are suffering from menopausal symptoms, Wellspring LifeCare also offers MonaLisa Touch and TempSure Vitalia gynecologic treatments, which are particularly helpful for symptoms of vaginal atrophy such as painful intercourse or urinary incontinence.

The doctors at Wellspring LifeCare combine the best of traditional Western medicine with alternative therapies such as herbal prescriptions and supplements to enhance your health. Acupuncture may also be combined with any treatment regimen for a large range of women’s health problems. We may also recommend lifestyle modifications to your diet and exercise habits to help you maintain a healthy body weight, relieve stress and enhance your wellness.

If your menstrual or menopausal symptoms are interfering with your life, or if you are concerned about your fertility, call Wellspring LifeCare or schedule a consultation online today.

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