Your menstrual cycle can reveal a lot about your overall health. At Harmony Integrative Healthcare in Midtown Phoenix, Arizona, naturopathic physician Danielle Lewis, ND, offers a four-month healthy menstrual cycle program to help with everything from menopause to missing periods to rebalancing hormones after birth control use. To learn more about a healthy menstrual cycle, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Your menstrual cycle is a series of changes your body goes through every month to prepare for a possible pregnancy. The steps in a menstrual cycle include:
Also known as your period, this phase is when your uterus sheds its lining if you aren’t pregnant. Menstruation typically lasts 3-5 days, but anywhere from 2-7 days is normal.
During the follicular phase, rising levels of the hormone estrogen cause the lining of your uterus to grow and thicken. At the same time, another hormone called follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) causes follicles in your ovaries to grow and form a mature egg. That usually happens during days 6-14.
Ovulation is when one of your ovaries releases an egg. If you have a 28-day cycle, ovulation usually occurs on day 14.
The luteal phase lasts from approximately day 15 until day 28. Rising levels of the hormone progesterone prepare your uterine lining for pregnancy as the egg travels through the fallopian tube. If the egg gets fertilized by a sperm and implants itself in the uterine wall, you become pregnant. If not, your hormone levels drop and you get your period again.
Many things can cause changes in your menstrual cycle, including hormonal imbalances and conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), uterine fibroids, or endometriosis.
Menopause is the natural end of your menstrual cycle that usually occurs around age 52. However, the months and years leading up to menopause, called perimenopause, can include longer or shorter menstrual cycles, missed periods, and symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats.
If you experience menstrual cycle irregularities, such as severe pelvic pain, skipping periods, or missing periods, or if you’re going through menopause, Dr. Lewis at Harmony Integrative Healthcare can help.
She offers a four-month healthy menstrual cycle program that focuses on helping you understand how your hormones work so you can make empowered decisions about your body.
During the healthy menstrual cycle program at Harmony Integrative Healthcare, Dr. Lewis teaches you about the different types of hormones in your body, the types of natural hormone replacement therapies available, and how to safely administer those hormones.
She checks your hormone levels via blood or urine tests and carefully reviews your symptoms to determine if hormone replacement therapy with custom-compounded bioidentical hormones is right for you. Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical and molecular structure as the hormones you produce naturally, so your body doesn’t know the difference.
Other integrative treatment options to manage your menstrual cycle may include acupuncture, nutrition, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
To find out if the healthy menstrual cycle program is right for you, call Harmony Integrative Healthcare, or request an appointment online today.