Women’s Clinic (Women’s Health)
The Women’s Clinic at Akasha provides evidence-based natural therapies, in conjunction with conventional medicine, to support the healthcare needs of all women during each phase of their life. As a patient coming to our women’s clinic, you would be seen by one of our doctors who specialize in Women’s Health: Maggie Ney, ND and Sari Eitches, MD. Drs. Ney and Eitches work as a team, collaborating with each other and with other members of the Akasha healthcare team to develop a comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic wellness plan individualized to meet your own unique needs.
We welcome women with specific medical issues and women who seek guidance on optimal health or healthy aging. We also treat specific medical issues. Below is a list of a few common conditions frequently seen at the Women’s Clinic.
– Women’s Wellness Consult
During your initial 60-90 minute consultation, our doctors will listen to your specific health concerns, take a thorough health history and, if needed, perform a comprehensive physical examination, including a pap smear and order the necessary labs to evaluate your current health and hormonal status.
– Annual Exam and Physical
At this 60-minute appointment, our doctors will perform a thorough physical and gynecological exam and will take the time to answer any questions. It is the goal of the Women’s Clinic to make this a complete, comfortable and empowering experience.
– Healthy and Vital Menopausal Transition
Menopause marks a transition in mind, body and spirit. The Women’s Clinic at Akasha honors this transition. Your unique symptom presentation and hormone analysis will help guide our treatment recommendations. Our doctors are experts in bioidentical hormone therapies and other
natural menopause treatments that are directed at balancing your hormones and supporting your body so you can continue to age optimally.
There are 150 different symptoms that have been ascribed to PMS. Every woman has a unique PMS experience. How you experience PMS involves the interplay of hormonal and lifestyle factors. After taking the time to understand your unique presentation, your doctor will design a treatment plan that not only provides symptoms relief but also gives your body the resources to experience the phases of the menstrual cycle with balance.
– Natural Fertility
Whether you are going through conventional fertility treatment, experiencing frequent pregnancy loss or have been trying to conceive for months, our doctors our experts in natural approaches to enhancing fertility. We work closely with Akasha’s Acupuncturists and outside fertility doctors to provide a comprehensive and integrative approach to fertility.
– Preconception Health Care
To help ensure the best health for your baby, proper nutritional supplementation should begin prior to conception. Preconception health care is the deliberate application of nutritional and lifestyle modifications designed to optimize fertility and create a healthy growth environment for your developing baby. It takes two healthy parents to ensure a healthy pregnancy and birth and a 4-month preconception health care program is the ideal way to achieve this.
The Women’s Clinic at Akasha has therapies aimed at both treating osteoporosis and preventing its occurrence. After an initial consultation and understanding of your unique biochemical make-up, your doctor will develop a treatment plan designed to support the strength and health of your bones. Always included in an osteoporosis treatment is a consultation with our fitness expert where a weight-bearing exercise regime is created that suits your lifestyle and health needs.
– Ovarian Cysts
Most ovarian cysts are asymptomatic and normally resolve on their own. Ovarian cysts can be cause pelvic pain and pain during intercourse. A burst ovarian cyst can be source of excruciating pelvic pain. Conventional treatment is usually birth control pills, which do not address the underlying cause. By addressing hormone imbalance, diet, adrenal and thyroid function, our doctors can help eliminate cysts and prevent their formation.
– Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is diagnosed when you experience 2 out of the following 3 occurrences: irregular menstrual cycles; cysts on the ovaries; and/or elevated androgens (testosterone or DHEA) which can lead to abnormal hair growth on face or other parts of the body, scalpel hair loss and/or acne. Natural therapies are very effective in decreasing the symptoms of PCOS while brining hormonal and metabolic balance back to your body.
– Menstrual Disorders
This umbrella term is used to describe a menstrual cycle that deviates from a 28-day cycle with 4-7 days of moderate bleeding. If your cycles are irregular or very heavy in flow, you may have an underlying imbalance. Frequent causes to menstrual disorders are hormonal imbalances, fibroids, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid disorder, stress or low body fat.
Yeast and bacterial vaginal infections are very common and often easily treated with natural therapies. Chronic yeast and bacterial infections are conventionally treated with repeated courses of prescription medications that do not address the root cause. Our doctors understand that chronic infections may be due to food sensitivities and/or other allergies, an overgrowth of yeast in the gut, imbalance between good and bad bacteria in the body, hormonal imbalances, low stomach acid or a diet high in sugar.
– Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are mostly benign tumors (or growths) on the wall of the uterus. Uterine fibroids can lead to infertility, heavy menstrual bleeding, pain with intercourse and/or pain with the menstrual cycle. While there is no generalized understood cause to fibroid growths it is well known that estrogen stimulates their growth. By balancing hormones in conjunction with other effective natural therapies, we can help shrink fibroids and prevent their reoccurrence.
– Cervical Dysplasia
Cervical cancer is 100% treatable when addressed at its precursor stage of cervical dysplasia. The Women’s Clinic has natural treatment protocols that provide systemic and topical therapies that have a high success rate at reversing cervical dysplasia.
There are many contraceptive choices available. We will spend time discussing the various forms of birth control, from hormonal to various barrier methods to fertility awareness method, and help you to decide which method is most appropriate for you at this phase in your life.
– Fibrocystic Breasts
Fibrocystic breast is a benign condition characterized by painful and often “lumpy” breast prior to menstruation. These symptoms are often due to an underlying imbalance in estrogen and progesterone or a nutrient deficiency. The Women’s Clinic can help bring hormonal and nutrient balance while making the appropriate lifestyle recommendations to address the underlying cause of your fibrocystic breasts.
– Genital Herpes
This common sexually transmitted virus can be treated and prevented with natural therapies. By supporting the immune system, balancing hormones and providing anti-viral nutrients and herbs, we treat acute outbreaks and prevent future outbreaks.
– Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
IC is a condition that leads to symptoms of a urinary tract infection without there being an actual infection. Our approach is to look at possible causes while restoring the inner layer of the bladder and urethra. Our treatments consist of dietary modifications, nutrient therapy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, environmental medicine, and anthroposophic medicine.
– Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections are more common in women than in men. Our doctors can treat the symptoms of urinary tracts with natural therapies and address the cause of the infections to prevent future infections.