Do You Suffer Endometriosis?

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Do You Suffer Endometriosis

-We can help you with our successful endometriosis treatments.

Endometriosis has now reached an all time high in its ever-growing presence. This disease is often debilitating both physical and emotionally. A significant portion of women that have endometriosis are asymptomatic (No symptoms). It is one of the most misdiagnosed and under diagnosed conditions in women with many health care professional not having enough education to identify the disease and its presenting symptoms. This is often why it is 12 years from initial onset to definitive diagnosis and this is really terrible that so many women get missed on a daily basis.

Many women diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome actually have endometriosis and not IBS. It can also play major havoc with the emotions, hormones and the libido. Many women with it also have pain on intercourse which further lessens the desire around sex. If you get painful periods and can’t get out of bed, there is a good chance that you actually have it. Although a significant portion of women with endometriosis are asymptomatic, meaning they would not even know they have it. It is just that we only hear about the people in pain and presume all people with endometriosis get pain, when in fact they don’t.

Please refer to my previous posts on what a normal menstrual cycle should be like.

In a nut shell, women should not get pain with their menstrual cycle and period pain is not normal.

To date, Western medicine does not know how or even why it occurs. The only solution that has been offered in the past was to laser it. This usually has a recurrence rate of up to 80%. Recently many doctors have been cutting it out, which offers better relief with less recurrence. However, it still usually recurs. Why is this?

Primarily it is because they are just treating the symptoms and not the cause. You can take away most physical symptoms very easily, but if the real cause isn’t addressed at the same time, you have no chance of a full recovery. This includes emotional factors. Also many of the hormones that women are put on after surgery; mask the problem and can actually make it worse. By actually stopping the period, like many of these hormones do, there is an increased risk of further endometriosis growing. Sure, while you have no period, you have no pain or symptoms, but internally it is still there waiting to flare up again. This is caused by, emotional outlook and the very hormones that were supposed to be helping.

The Chinese consider Blood Stagnation and long-term Liver Qi Stagnation as the cause of endometriosis. In essence, what this means is that over a long period of time emotional issues, poor diet etc have caused stagnation in the body, which then manifests in real physical symptoms.In Chinese medicine they believe on of the root causes behind endometriosis and many gynaecological problems is long-term emotional problems such as frustration, anger and long-term resentment, with other factors such as diet adding to the inflammation. While there will always be an emotion aspect to any long term health issue, what comes first, the chicken or the egg, is not of concern here. Whether the old Chinese texts are right, or wrong, what we do need to do, is look at the emotions as part of the overall condition and help with emotional support also. There will always be an emotional aspect to endometriosis as most people know and much of this is brought about by the pain and suffering for those with this horrible disease.

Just so people know, when Chinese Medicine talks about blood stagnation, this is literal stagnant blood, which blocks the vessels and then causes pain etc. This would be very similar to what we see with varicose veins and what we actually see with endometriosis. We often see this show up in dark and clotted menstrual blood and this is a key symptoms of endometriosis

Extended use of The Pill, the increasing levels of hormones in our food and a protein deficient diet have caused some problems too.

Increased levels of insulin caused by a high GI diet lead to inflammation in the body and these further fuel conditions such as endometriosis. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful diets out there attesting to be the cure for endometriosis, but half are them are actually making it worse. Unless the diet is about reducing grains, high GI carbs, sugars and increasing proteins etc then it isn’t going to help endometriosis. But at the end of the day it is diet, emotions and lifestyle that really does make this condition worse and further exacerbates this condition, so this needs to be a big part of the treatment

So what is the solution to this problem?

In my opinion I think the best course of action is to use a combined approach. For severe cases you will need to see a good gynaecologist to get as much of the endometriosis cut out (not lasered). Secondly, use Chinese medicine to treat the root cause. This will be the primary treatment after surgery and help stop it coming back. By treating the cause, it will prevent it from coming back and help with the overall control of this disease. Hormones treatments aren’t always the key either. They often mask the symptoms of the disease, making it harder to diagnose and can often make this condition worse.

Lastly, see a good counselor. Emotions are a big part of this disease and you also need to learn coping skills around pain management and lifestyle changes. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can also help both the physical & emotional side, but sometimes solution-based therapy is needed for best results.

So, the solution to endometriosis is Surgery, Acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Naturopathy, Diet, Lifestyle changes and counseling. Surgery is a very much-needed process if the problem is either too acute or chronic, in order to alleviate and remove painful symptoms. Some hormone based therpaies may be needed for very severe cases. However, in the end the Chinese medicine, holistic medicine, diet and lifestyle changes treats the root cause. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines for treating Endometriosis now states that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is a recommended therapy. We really can help, but for anything to work more effective you have to use a combined multimodality approach and be prepared to follow the treatment through properly.

 

What a Proper Menstrual Cycle Should Be Like

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What a proper menstrual cycle should be like

Most women usually start their menstrual cycles around the age of 13-14 years. Many of them are now starting the menstrual cycle as young as 9 years old and this can pose significant issues later in life.

The problem for many young women, and some older women, is that they do not know what a proper menstrual cycle should be like and that period pain is not something that you have to put up with.

Unfortunately many women are told that period pain and menstrual issues are normal and you just have to live with it, or that going on the contraceptive pill will fix everything. While the contraceptive pill will help many young women with menstrual issues short term, the long term effects are often masked and found later in life when they want to start a family. Sometimes an issue that could have been addressed very early on, can pose very significant problems to a young girls future fertility and this does need to be seriously taken into consideration.

Young women need to be made aware of what a proper menstrual cycle should be like and if it isn’t they need to seek the help of a gynaecologist, not just their GP. Many GP’s often miss crucial   gynaecological issues.

What a proper menstrual cycle should be like

A proper menstrual cycle should be:

  • 26 –32 days in its length.
  • It should be 4 days flow, 5 at the most. Any longer can be too long
  • You should not get any pain at all,
  • You should not get clotting, spotting, excessive heavy flow that is prolonged.
  • You should not get excessive breast tenderness, bloating, fluid retention etc
  • You should not get major changes to the moods such as teariness, irritability, or aggression

These are all signs of irregularities and possible major issues and need to be addressed

If you experience severe pain and symptoms each month then you really need to get these assessed by someone such as myself, or a good gynaecologist, not just a GP.

The hard thing with many gynaecological issues is that many people with issues such as endometriosis are asymptomatic (meaning they don’t experience any symptoms at all). Irregular cycles, with hormonal changes such as acne, migraines, increased hair growth could mean PCOS.

There are only a few things that will affect, or exacerbate menstrual issues and the menstrual cycle and cause PMS, irregularities and pain.

As I said there are only a few things that affect a menstrual cycle and I’m going to list them below. So that way if you are wondering why you can’t get enough Neurofen into your body when you get your cycle, then please remember the list below. If you continually get menstrual issues after doing all the right things then you need to book in and see me, or a good gynaecologist to get it sorted out.

What Affects a Menstrual Cycle

  1. Poor diet – Foods such as high sugars and junk foods all cause inflammation in the body and lead to hormonal irregularities and pain with the menses
  2. Alcohol – Most alcohols contain high sugars and they also cause inflammation in the body. It also interferes with your hormones and affects the liver too. In Chinese medicine the Liver governs the menstrual cycle. Excess alcohol leads to SOL ( shit on Liver)
  3. Poor Sleep– Sleep deprivation leads to reduction in hormones such as serotonin and then effect the moods etc. Lack of sleep also stops the body from repairing and can lead to other health issues
  4. Trauma – Things such as surgery, a virus, cold/flu etc, or where the body has to repair, can lead to menstrual irregularities. The body shuts down the menses so that it can repair itself first
  5. Weight gain or weight loss– It is a well known fact that many athletes do not get a menstrual cycle because of lack of body fat. The same goes for people who are over-weight too. Too much or too little body fat interferes with your fertility. All your hormones are made from fats and protein.
  6.  Emotional Issues– Bottled up emotions such as anger & frustration cause blockages in the system & then cause pain. Emotional issues also cause problems with hormones. Emotions and stress are a major cause of menstrual irregularities

Sex Around The Time of Embryo Transfer Increases The Likelihood of Successful Early Embryo Implantation and Development.

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One of the things that Dr Andrew Orr promotes is that regular sex is so important for our fertility patients, on many levels. Sometimes the obvious eludes some people though

One of the things we see quite regularly is that couples doing Assisted Reproduction (ART) are abstaining from sex fearing it will affect their chances of conceiving. Actually the opposite is true. By not having sex during ART cycles (IUI, IVF etc) you are affecting your chances of conception.

Dr Andrew Orr has spoken about the importance of sex and orgasm assisting implantation in other posts and there is so much medical research to back this up

Let ask the question “If you were trying naturally, would you stop having sex for fear that conception has taken place?”

Then why would you stop having sex around an ART cycle?

Let’s face the facts, implantation takes place in the uterus, and not the vagina, and no man is that well endowed to even penetrate the cervix, so…. Let’s get a grip here

The question to ask is “What does an embryo feed off and need to successfully implant?”

The answer is blood!

Think of a tick borrowing into skin to feed off its host.

How do you get blood flow into the uterine lining?

The answer is that sex and climax stimulate blood flow to the lining to assist implantation and also prepare the lining for implantation!

Nature has given us all the tools for healthy conception to take place, and yet many of us just aren’t using them.

This article shows that sperm are also beneficial in assisting implantation and exposure to semen around the time of embryo transfer increases the likelihood of successful early embryo implantation and development.

http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/15/12/2653.full

Don’t forget that regular sex during this time not only helps assist implantation, but it also helps with the bonding process and physical connection process during this stressful time. Many couples split up because of losing this connection during the ART process and sex is a way of keeping that physical and emotional connection. Sex also tells your body you are also preparing to conceive on another level too.

For those doing IVF etc, next time you are doing an ART cycle maybe it is time to start doing things the way nature intended to give you that boost you so desperately are needing. Go get busy people

Lastly, don’t forget that we have specialized formulas to help with implantation too.

Sperm Help Trigger Ovulation

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Sperm help to trigger ovulation and also send signals to the woman that she is ready to conceive

Semen isn’t just vehicle for carrying sperm – it also plays a crucial role in triggering ovulation, according to a new study.

Scientists have discovered the protein in the sexual fluid acts as a hormonal signal on the female brain.

This triggers the release of other hormones that signal the ovaries to release an egg.
The international team led by Gregg Adams at the University of Saskatchewan, said they found this protein in a variety of mammals from llamas to rabbits to humans. They say this implies it plays an important role in reproduction in all mammals.

Male mammals have accessory sex glands that contribute seminal fluid to semen, but the role of this fluid and the glands that produce it are not well understood.

‘From the results of our research, we now know that these glands produce large amounts of a protein that has a direct effect on the female,’ Professor Adams said.

The protein, which was dubbed the ‘ovulation-inducing factor’ (OIF), works through the hypothalamus of the female brain. This part of the brain links the nervous system to the endocrine system (a system of glands that secrete hormones into the blood stream) via the pituitary gland.

‘The idea that a substance in mammalian semen has a direct effect on the female brain is a new one,’ Adams said.

The scientists discovered it is the same molecule that regulates the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells.

For this latest study, the team looked at two species: llamas and cattle. Llamas are ‘induced ovulators,’ that is, they ovulate only when they have been inseminated. Cows – and humans – are ‘spontaneous ovulators,’ meaning that a regular buildup of hormones stimulates the release of an egg.

Using a variety of techniques, the researchers found OIF present in semen samples taken from both animals.

However, while injecting the llama with this protein caused them to ovulate, the same effect wasn’t seen in cattle.

But while the molecule doesn’t appear to induce ovulation in spontaneous ovulators, it did affect fertility in different ways. The protein was found to effect the timing of when cattle developed the fluid-filled sacs in the ovary which carry the eggs. It also promoted the development of a temporary endocrine structure needed to sustain pregnancy.

‘This latest finding broadens our understanding of the mechanisms that regulate ovulation and raises some intriguing questions about fertility,’ Adams said.

The team said further research was now needed to see what role it could play in human fertility. For instance, they theorised that men with high concentrations of the OIF could potentially be more fertile.

The study appears in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

This is why it is important for couples trying to conceive to still maintain a regular sex life, even if doing IVF. It is all about letting the body know you are trying to conceive, rather then actually shutting down the whole process by not having sex. Studies like these show the importance of things that happen at the basic levels of conception and how it affects the brain and the bodies capacity to not only stimulate ovulation, but also its capacity to be ready to conceive.

 

 

 

Ive Been Given A Gift

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“I’ve been given a gift”

I just got off the phone to one of the lovely ladies who is now having her second child with the help of our fertility program. I thought I’d share for those who feel like giving up, or think that all is lost.

This lady came to us battered, defeated and basically told that she would never ever have a baby, especially with her own eggs. She was even told that carrying a pregnancy would be a huge risk. She had done numerous IVF cycles before and was basically told to give up.

This poor lady had one of the worst uterine linings I had ever seen. She had severe endometriosis, severe adenomyosis and had more surgeries than anyone I know. There was more scar tissue in her uterus than good lining. The prognosis was not good.

So I did my evaluation and gave her all my recommendations around treatment and then sent her to the amazing surgeon I work with to get her all tidied up on the inside. Once the laparoscopy was done and everything was tidied up properly (the last surgeon made a mess of her), I got stuck into giving her formulations to target the uterine lining and improving circulation into the lining and ovaries. I also had her on a grain free diet, lots of antioxidants and supplements etc, with lots of lifestyle changes to give her the best chance possible.

We then put her through her first IVF cycle 3 months after working on her, and her husband’s sperm quality (he needed help too as do most men I see). The very first cycle in was unsuccessful, but, the second cycle in worked. She was 44 years old and pregnant with her own eggs. The thing to remember here is that she did everything I told her and did it to the letter too. She just let go and took on the advice and did everything I told her to do.

The pregnancy was a bit touch and go because of her lining issues, but the OB I use was really great in monitoring her. She also did share care and pregnancy treatments with me, throughout the pregnancy too. Then during the birth, after everything, she had a small bleed into the brain and things weren’t looking too good. They did nearly lose her. It was just bad luck and a one in a million to have this sort of mini stroke. But in true strength that this lady possessed, she pulled through and recovered.

Straight after the birth of her first child (about 2 months post-partum) she came back and saw me and said “I want one more. Can we give it a go?”

…. OMG, really?

So at the 6 month mark, this lady went back and had another laparoscopy and got back on my program and started the journey again. We waited 3 months again, using all same dietary and lifestyle advice and all the same supplements and formulas, for both this lady and her partner (guys do not get to get out of this process with me)

Once again the first cycle failed but the second one in worked. This lady is now 45 years old, going on 46 and again she is pregnant with her own eggs. Not bad for someone who was told she would never be able to carry one pregnancy, let alone two. Then she nearly died during the birth of number one.

I just got a call from her and she is booked in to have her baby in the first week of April. She isn’t allowed to go past 38 weeks. The pregnancy has been great so far and she has attributed it all to the help we gave her and the surgeon who I work with.

She said to me “I have been given a gift. I am 45 years old and never thought I would ever become a mum after so many specialists dismissed me. I can’t thank- you and your recommendations enough and I know without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

I just love stories like this. So if you think all is lost, and you are the worst of the worst and have no hope left, just remember this ladies story. Don’t ever give up hope, just because someone told you they can’t help you, or they aren’t helping you at all.

I know that if people do all the recommendations that I ask them to do and follow all of the advice that these are the people that actually do get that baby they so desperately deserve.

Just thought I’d share this story for those who may have given up hope. If this lady can beat the odds, then anyone can.

 

 

11 BS Facts About Protein Bars & Protein Shakes People Think Are True

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11 BS Facts about Protein Bars and Shakes That People Believe Are True

In this day and age everyone wants a quick fix with everything. This quick fix approach, not only applies to our health, but it also applies to our foods. Nobody wants to spend time on anything anymore and to be honest, many just do not have the time to prepare wholesome foods. Well ….. So they think.

Protein Bars and Shakes have now become a staple in many people’s lives, opting for supposed healthy foods and nutrients in a packet, over delicious prepared fresh foods. What is worrying is how these Protein Bars and Shakes are being marketed and what people now believe they are eating.

While Protein Bars and Protein Shakes can be a great source of getting extra fuel into the body prior to a workout, or exercise…….eating or drinking them, while being sedentary, many be akin to eating the affects of eating junk foods. People may look at this as being a bit of an alarmist statement, but if you take the time to see how many additives, fillers, gums and sugars are in the bars and shakes you are eating on a daily basis, it might just change the way you view those supposed health bars and shakes you are consuming.

There are so many Bars and Shakes on the market these days and because of clever marketing and labelling, many of the Bars and Shakes can promote themselves as being a Protein substitute, while actually having very little protein in them at all and being jammed packed with calories and sugar content to equal some of the products in the confectionary aisles. There are also the latest trends of shakes and bars being marketed through Multi-level marketing, promising miracle cures, miracle body transformations etc, while being nothing more than a cash cow for a big corporation. Worse still these products are full of fillers, additives, gums, preservatives, sugars and goodness knows what else, all sold as a miracle cure for weight loss and a healthy meal replacement, with a cult like, brain washing, marketing spiel behind it to make the old Amway hard sell look like pre-school play.

Before I go into the 11 BS facts about these Protein Bars and Snacks, I do have to make one thing clear. Nothing can replace the amazing benefits of freshly prepared, wholesome, nutritious, clean foods. Nothing!

Can Protein bars and Protein shakes be of benefits to people?

Of course they can, but they should never ever be used as a meal replacement and should only be used as a tool to get extra nutrients and proteins into the body, much the same as we use vitamins to assist nutrient deficient diets and foods. They are called a supplement for a reason. They are there to supplement a need for extra nutrients, glucose, proteins etc. They should never ever be used as a meal replacement. Nothing can replace real foods, or real drinks. You also need to do some thorough research to find ones that have little additives, small amounts of sugars and have good quality proteins and ingredients in them. They are out there, but you really need to search for them.

Protein bars and Protein shakes should really be only used on days when we are exercising, or just before a workout, to help get in extra energy and help muscle repair. Too many people these days are relying on them as a food substitute and wondering why they are putting on weight and rebounding when they come off these so called weight loss -shake plans.

The worst part about these Protein Bar and Shakes, is that it doesn’t teach healthy eating. These products just teach us to be lazy (most of the time) and we then forget the value of freshly made foods. Many shakes and smoothies you could make from scratch are far healthier and contain more live nutrients and proteins than any Protein Powder or Protein bar could ever provide. Not to mention the beneficial enzymes and vitamins that fresh foods provide.

There is always time to make healthy clean eating foods and it just takes preparation and commitment to do so. Having the pantry and refrigerator stocked with healthy foods, rather than unhealthy options, is a good start. Seeing a nutritionist or health care practitioner is a good idea as well to help you have a plan and teach you healthy eating habits. Many people actually just don’t know what healthy foods are.

So let’s look at 11 BS facts about Protein Shakes and Protein Bars

  1. Protein Bars and Protein Shakes are not a meal substitute and should never be used as such.
  2. Many of the shakes and bars on the market (not all), are filled with artificial flavours, sugars, gums, trans fats, additives, preservatives, fillers, phyto-estrogens and all many other nasty things
  3. Just because it is labelled as a protein bar, or shake, does not guarantee it is healthy. Many have little amounts of protein and are full of sugars that are the equivalent to candy bars.
  4. Most of the Multi-level marketed shakes and bars are full of harmful ingredients and worse still they are being prescribed by non-qualified lay people who are not trained in any form of health care, or health management. Many are not even listed with regulatory bodies such as the TGA, or FDA.
  5. They aren’t good for controlling carvings and controlling hunger. Because so many are filled with hidden artificial sugars and additives, most of them will have you craving more sugar than you normally would without them.
  6. Just because it has a celebrity, or health industry PT marketing them, doesn’t mean they are a healthy food choice.
  7. Protein Bars and Shakes should never replace good clean health foods. Never!
  8. Protein Bars and Shakes do not teach healthy eating habits
  9. Just because they are made from supposed raw ingredients, doesn’t mean they are necessarily healthy for you. Raw ingredients that are highly refined, are still refined processed foods.
  10. Making homemade doesn’t necessarily make them healthy either. Might not have all the fillers or additives, but it could still be high in sugars and calories. Dried fruits are still sugar.
  11. Protein Bars and Shakes are not always a weight loss, health management product.

 

Men Should Have Healthy Diet Before Conceiving.

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Men Should Have Healthy Diet Before Conceiving, As Unborn Baby Influenced By Father’s Choice Of Food
This is something that we have always promoted at Shen Therapies and why we always make sure we treat the males and well and the females. Biology 101 tells us that it takes a sperm and an egg to make a baby, not just an egg. Just treating the female is not practicing fertility medicine, that is just hormone regulation.
Semen parameters can change by as much as 20% in a given month and change daily, week, monthly and yearly. Just because the sperm has been OK, weeks, months, years ago, does not mean it is OK now.
It takes up to 120 for a sperm to fully mature and so what you have done now, like excessive drinking and eating bad foods, can affect your sperm in that 90 -120 days later.
Plus, there is the DNA damage to the sperm that cannot be measured by any testing and then the mode of genetic inheritance of this passed onto any future child. Genetic inheritance is something we all need to consider and fetal origins of disease

Endocrine Disruption
It has been well established that environmental chemicals (endocrine disrupters) are reproductive toxicants and can be associated with impaired semen quality and reproductive potential in animals and humans.
An endocrine disruptor is defined as:
“as an exogenous agent that interferes with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action or elimination of natural hormones in the body that is responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis, reproduction, development and/or behavior.”
Research has shown that poor fetal nutrition to adult-onset diseases including coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic dysfunction,and has formed the basis for the developmental origins of health and disease paradigm, which similarly posits a correlation between perinatal health and the eventual development of chronic diseases. Toxicologists have also identified neonatal development as a ‘critical window of exposure’, such that chemical exposures (e.g., endocrine disrupters) have been linked to adult-onset reproductive cancers and many other diseases
Taken together, these models support the extreme sensitivity of the neonatal period to environmental influences, as shown by research, the models provide an explanation for fetal origins of adult obesity risk and other disease states, including infertility.
Shen Therapies does have a really great range of products for men that work. They have been tried and tested and have helped over 12,000 plus babies into the world. Like any herbs and supplements, they are also benefited by a good diet and lifetsyle plan to go with it
At Shen Therapies and as part of our highly successful fertility progroam, we never forget the male when helping couples have a baby. Just remember, Biology 101, tells us it takes a sperm and an egg to make a baby, not just an egg.

Have a look at this post (link below) on recent studies on how men’s diets can affect their offspring too.

http://www.medicaldaily.com/men-should-have-healthy-diet-conceiving-unborn-baby-influenced-fathers-choice-food-367244

 

 

Fennel Vaginal Cream Improves Atrophy in Postmenopausal Women

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Fennel Cream improves vaginal atrophy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Fennel vaginal cream improves the signs and symptoms of vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women, researchers from Iran report.

“The most exciting results were improving the vaginal maturation index and vaginal atrophy,” Dr. Parvin Abedi from Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, told Reuters Health by email. “Dyspareunia was improved also in participants. Since Iranian postmenopausal women do not accept the hormone therapy because of its potential risk factors, using fennel will be a good alternative for them.”

According to one international survey of more than 4,000 middle-aged women, 39% of postmenopausal women had moderate to severe symptoms of vaginal atrophy, 42% had no information about its treatment, and more than 50% of affected women said their vaginal atrophy negatively affected their quality of life.

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) has been used in traditional Iranian medicine and modern phytotherapy for its antioxidant, estrogenic, anti-inflammatory, and other properties.

Dr. Abedi and colleagues investigated the effects of a 5% fennel cream on vaginal atrophy in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study of 60 postmenopausal women. All 60 women completed the eight-week study.

After eight weeks, the number of superficial cells increased and the number of intermediate and parabasal cells decreased significantly in the fennel group, compared with the placebo group.

Significantly more women in the fennel group than in the placebo group experienced relief of itching (100% vs. 43.3%, respectively), dryness (100% vs. 3.3%), pallor (100% vs. 0%), and dyspareunia (93.3% vs. 0%), the researchers report in Maturitas, online November 12.

Before treatment, none of the women had maturation vaginal indices (MVI) in the normal range (65-100). After treatment, all women in the fennel group and none in the placebo group had MVI between 65 and 100. In the placebo group, only 40.7% of women had MVI between 50 and 64, and the rest had MVI between 0 and 49.

“According to results of this study, fennel is an effective therapy for vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women, which is also devoid of the side effects,” the researchers conclude. “Larger studies are necessary to confirm the positive impacts of fennel on the vaginal symptoms occurring in postmenopausal women.”

Dr. Abedi said “recommendation for using fennel less frequently needs more evidence-based research. However, we think that it will be work if women use it for 8 weeks and then reduce the usage to 2-3 times a week.”

“We are working on other traditional Iranian herbs in the reproductive aged and postmenopausal women,” she added.

SOURCE: http://bit.ly/1J1SQ7S

Maturitas 2015.