Women’s Health in Phoenix and Scottsdale
As women, we have many hormonal transitions through life events – expected and unexpected – and continue to learn about ourselves and our bodies. Women’s health care addresses our hormonal changes through menstrual cycles, pregnancy, nursing, peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause. Good health makes these transitions easier to handle.
At Naturopathic Physicians Group, we are familiar with women’s complex medical challenges, often including negative interactions with hormones, pharmaceuticals, and conventional medicines. We provide personalized holistic care for women’s individual issues offering treatments and advice, and create progressive programs to build overall health for longevity, emotional strength, resilience and physical endurance.
We understand in depth how your digestion, thyroid, adrenal, liver and female hormones function and interact, and how your hormones influence your brain performance, cardiovascular, digestive, immune and liver functions, allergies, blood sugar, and environmental, chemical and inflammatory responses.
We carefully assess your status, so we can help optimize your health. We offer natural, conventional and cutting-edge research, and use detailed lab reports to understand your specific needs. We will teach you what these lab findings mean for your recovery and optimal health.
Dr. Kyle Cronin has specialized in prescribing low-dose bioidentical hormones for more than 20 years, helping women to naturally rebuild their health so their bodies can produce more of their own hormones.
Good health provides more satisfaction in our daily lives. Take a natural approach to women’s health with our Phoenix and Scottsdale physicians.
How we work with women
We work with women to restore healthy hormone balance, which helps to resolve symptoms and optimize health for all stages of life. Restoring that balance means working with your diet, lifestyle, home regimens, plant medicines and even low-dose bioidentical hormones as indicated. Every woman experiences these changes differently, so treatments are unique to each woman.
Procedures & practices
- Regular preventative and informative check-ups
- Whole person assessment, considering life context as well as symptoms
- Comprehensive lab testing for thyroid, adrenal and female hormone levels
- Coordinating education and treatment to address symptom patterns
- Nutritional treatment includes personalized weight loss, system repair and anti-inflammatory eating programs
- Supplements for hormone support and replacement
- Botanical and homeopathic glandular systems support
- Designing programs to help stay healthy
- Regular preventative check-ups are important for women of all ages
- Comfortable, comprehensive breast and pelvic exams, PAP and STD testing
- Programs to provide extra support to the immune system when health concerns and family history direct us to prevent cancer or other genetic diseases
- Cycle irregularities
- Menstrual cramps
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Mood changes, brain fog, anxiety, irritability
- Changes in libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbance
- Weight issues, changes in hair & skin
- Bladder issues
- Menopause and perimenopause
- Uterine fibroids
- Cervical dysplasia
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
- Amenorrhea or the absence of menstruation
- Heart disease
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Genital herpes (SV)
- Heart disease
Some changes in the amount, duration or pattern of your menstrual cycle are normal but can be reasons to call your doctor. Abnormal uterine bleeding, or any vaginal bleeding unrelated to normal menstruation, from spotting between cycles to extremely heavy periods. (See Uterine fibroids.) Most cases are due to benign and easily-addressed conditions. We highly recommend a prompt evaluation.
Menopause and perimenopause
As your menstrual cycle shuts down and your hormones begin to change, many women experience varying combinations of mental and emotional symptoms (moodiness, brain fog, anxiety, and irritability), hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbance, vaginal dryness, nocturia (frequent night urination), and changes in libido. (See amenorrhea.)
In this condition, tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus, resulting in painful periods, excessive bleeding, and the tissue interfering with ovaries and fallopian tubes, in some cases leading to infertility.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Many possible factors can be involved in causing PMS. Symptoms may include mood swings (anxiety, anger, irritability, sadness), appetite changes, insomnia, fatigue, breast tenderness, acne flare-ups, constipation/diarrhea, weight changes and water retention.
Over half of menstruating women experience cramping (which may be caused by benign dysmenorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), adenomyosis, adhesions, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, polyps or uterine fibroids, an IUD or an ovarian tumor). Symptoms may start with spasmodic lower-abdominal pain, and may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, bloating, weight gain, breast tenderness, irritability, headache, dizziness, fainting, and low back pain.
Acne is a very common skin condition (skin eruptions or lesions on face, neck, chest or back) that can occur in people of all ages. In women’s health, it can be caused by hormonal imbalances, food intolerance, and excessive oil production. Severe cases may cause scarring.
PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
A hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age, where symptoms may include irregular menstrual cycles, excess androgens (male hormones) that can cause abnormal hair growth and weight gain.
We work with many women before they try to get pregnant to prepare their bodies for healthy babies, answer questions on fertility, and give tips on conceiving. Fertility can be affected by many factors such as age, health status and stress. Infertility is a relatively common condition, with the environmental, nutritional and emotional stresses of modern life. We offer pre- and post-natal dietary and lifestyle advice, weight management, and watching for issues such as edema, preeclampsia.
Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)
Most often associated with pregnancy or breastfeeding, it happens in 3% to 4% of women, directly caused when ovaries stop making a normal amount of estrogen. Indications include missing periods three months in a row. Causes include eating disorders, weight gain, stress, and sometimes more serious health problems such as PCOS, or uterine fibroids.