Naturopaths can help to support the reproductive and metabolic features of PCOS because we emphasise dietary and lifestyle modifications and focus on determining and treating underlying causes (treating the whole body).
Effectively manage symptoms
A whole-body naturopathic approach can treat hormonal acne, control abnormal hair growth or loss, and help to regulate periods.
Improve fertility and body composition
Even if a baby is not on your radar right now, consider treating your PCOS to avoid infertility and weight gain due to metabolic changes.
Reduce risk of chronic health conditions
PCOS is linked with increased risk of diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, endometrial cancer, depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease.
Your journey starts at home
Before we meet for the first time, I'll ask you to complete some preliminary health questionnaires and health assessment forms and gather results of any recent medical test results and investigations. This allows me to approach the initial consultation with an awareness of your personal circumstances.
The initial consultation
The first step in treatment is finding out what type of PCOS you have: do you have insulin-resistant PCOS, temporary post-pill PCOS, inflammatory PCOS, or a rare adrenal PCOS?
In our first consultation I will review your recent blood tests results and ultrasound report and explore your health, medical history and family health history. We’ll dig deep into your periods, skin, gut and nervous system health, sleep, thyroid health, blood glucose.
We’ll talk about how PCOS is impacting you with sufficient time to formulate a detailed plan for the best way to proceed. We work together to develop a plan that works for you and you'll go home with some nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to get started on right away.
Pathology testing and treatment plan
Pathology testing will help to determine the underlying causes of your specific PCOS. A comprehensive hormone test may be recommended to provide further insight into the underlying cause of the PCOS.
Now that you have a treatment plan, you can start implementing my recommendations. I generally allow 3 weeks for this stage, to allow adequate time to see some changes and identify any obstacles. During this time you might need to track your symptoms and menstrual cycle and record a food/lifestyle diary.
Three weeks later we will meet for your first follow-up consultation. By now you will have implemented some of the diet and lifestyle changes and started on naturopathic supplements. We will have the results from any hormone testing and can discuss your progress and ongoing goals.
We may need to adjust the prescription of supplements, set new goals for your treatment, and schedule future appointments. I will give you an idea of how long it will take to see results.
As a minimum, I recommend at least three follow up appointments over four to six months. A realistic timeframe for working on PCOS is six to nine months but this varies from person to person as everybody responds to treatment differently.
Holistic treatment supporting reproductive health
70-minute initial consultation – $220
Diet and lifestyle assessment and health review
Detailed personalised treatment plan
Pathology hormone testing if necessary*
Prescription of nutritional, herbal and therapeutic supplements*
Three up to 45-minute follow-up consultations – $110 each
Modified plan for the next stage of treatment
Motivational coaching and education
Adjust or repeat prescription of supplements
Implement the next stage of your treatment
As a minimum, I recommend at least three follow up appointments over 4-6 months, but many of my clients continue to work with me for longer to keep working on their health goals. Additional consultations are available depending on your circumstances.
Maintenance consultations can continue after the initial engagement: 20-minute mini-appointments ($55) can be booked as needed to check-in, make minor modifications to your treatment plan, re-prescribe, and review pathology / investigations.
*Pathology hormone testing and supplements not included in consultation price.
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Understanding is key to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) treatment
PCOS produces high levels of male hormones, leading to hair loss, abnormal facial hair growth, acne, weight gain, irregular periods and difficulty getting pregnant. The key to effective PCOS treatment is in finding out why you do not ovulate and addressing the underlying cause.
Unfortunately, the exact cause of PCOS remains unknown, however we do know that there are multiple contributing factors including genetics, lifestyle and the environment that can all play a significant role in the development of PCOS.
Naturopaths can effectively treat PCOS
To effectively treat PCOS we need to look at the body as a whole, and naturopaths can offer a level of holistic assessment and treatment not available with many traditional medical practitioners.
Dietary and lifestyle modification together with nutritional supplementation and herbal medicine may produce a profound effect in managing symptoms of hormone imbalance, encouraging healthy ovulation and reducing the risk of fertility issues and other significant coexisting conditions of PCOS.
Well-managed PCOS can lead to more regular periods, better skin, and reduced obesity. Managing PCOS requires a holistic approach for long term health, and naturopathy and nutrition is best placed to work with you on this.
What you can expect from working with me
Dietary and lifestyle review
We start by reviewing your personal circumstances and providing guidance on making sustainable practical changes that will work for you.
Coaching, counselling and education
I want to help you understand understand your type of PCOS and the contributing factors. I see my role as coaching and motivating you to make sustainable changes to get results. You will gain knowledge and resources to enable you to manage your own health and wellbeing independently when our journey together is over.
Nutritional and herbal supplements
Aiming to achieve the best possible outcomes, I often prescribe high-quality, nutritional, herbal, and therapeutic supplements. With deep working knowledge of supplements to address many kinds of health issues, I am familiar with all the major suppliers in Australia.
Functional testing and investigations
Further testing and investigations may help uncover the causes of your symptoms and point us to the best treatment pathways. As a fully qualified and certified general health practitioner, I can refer you for further testing and investigations. I am registered with a range of pathology partners Australia-wide, including Australian Clinical Labs, NutriPath, InterClinical Laboratories, RN Labs, Genova Diagnostics, and MetaBiome.
Personalised treatment plan
Working closely with you one-to-one, we will create a tailored treatment plan with dietary and lifestyle recommendations designed to support your health and increase your regularity of ovulation and fertility.
Empowering women to achieve hormonal harmony through practical natural solutions and holistic education.