Premature Ovarian Insufficiency, Hormones and Health

Dr. Tasnim Adatya

Often women get the diagnosis of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) from their doctors, but not the support on what to do next: that is where naturopathic doctors can help.

Approximately one in 100 women are diagnosed annually with POI—or menopause before the age of 40. The reality of experiencing early menopause can feel isolating and spark a potent mixture of anxiety and sadness for many women.

Though POI can cause infertility, osteoporosis, mood swings and hot flushes, there are plenty of evidence-based therapies naturopathic doctors can use to help women optimize their health and feel normal again.

In my clinic, I start with a patient assessment that reviews a woman’s general health status, the severity of her symptoms, and her risk factors for osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. After a thorough discussion about values, including lifestyle and diet, I provide patients with information on the latest research findings for the various aspects of their treatment options.  We discuss:

  • Fertility
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapies (BHRT)
  • Management of longer health implications namely bone and heart health
  • Nutrition
  • Lifestyle

This diverse approach encompasses the many aspects of health care, not just symptoms.

In my professional experience, I’ve seen many patients who haven’t been able to get the care from their GP needed to address POI.  Some of my patients are frustrated and/or have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get sound medical advice, without success.  Fortunately, there are many licensed naturopathic doctors, across BC, who have the knowledge and skill to work proactively on POI.  If you are recently diagnosed or are struggling with symptoms of early menopause you may benefit from a naturopathic doctor with a focus in this area.

Use the BCNA search engine to find a licensed ND near you.  If you have questions about this article, email Dr. Tasnim Adatya.