Women's health services include annual exams, contraception, menopausal care and fertility treatment.
Women's Health Care at Bastyr Center: Caring, Natural and Holistic
Can a naturopathic doctor serve as my primary care
Yes, in Washington and 15 other states, naturopathic
doctors (NDs) are licensed as primary care physicians.
What women’s health services are available at Bastyr
Center for Natural Health?
Among other services, Women’s
Wellness Care practitioners at Bastyr Center are trained to:
Perform your annual gynecological and breast exams.
Prescribe birth control, including placement of intrauterine
Offer supportive care for menopause and osteoporosis.
Offer care for menstrual disorders, vaginal disorders,
abnormal pap smears, PMS and pelvic pain.
Support fertility issues.
Screen for and treat sexually transmitted infections.
Why should I choose a naturopathic
doctor for my women’s health care
In addition to treating any specific
health care needs, a naturopathic doctor
also will take the time to get to know you
and to treat you as a whole person.
“Especially for more of the chronic conditions, including PMS,
chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis, we’re able to spend a lot
of time to try to find a holistic treatment that works,” says Laurie
Cullen, ND a practitioner at Bastyr Center.
“We try not to just focus on one body part,” says Jane Guiltinan,
ND, dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr
University. “We try to always look at the whole person to help the patient understand how to be well, stay well and take
responsibility for their health and wellness.”
How would a naturopathic doctor treat menopause?
you’ve decided against hormone replacement therapy and are
looking for other ways to treat your menopause symptoms,
naturopathic doctors can discuss a variety of natural health
treatments with you.
Lifestyle changes such as exercising more or changing your diet
can help improve hot flashes, mood swings and other symptoms.
Dr. Cullen says some of her treatments have included adding
more soy foods and recommending changes to a patient’s daily
routine, including exercise, herbal or nutritional supplements,
homeopathy and, for some, hormone replacement therapy.
Can I treat fertility issues with natural
In many cases, fertility issues
can be successfully treated with natural
therapies, including diet, exercise, herbs
and nutrients, according to Dr. Cullen.
“I treat infertility by improving ovulatory function, primarily with
patients affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),” she
says. PCOS, a hormonal imbalance, is believed to be one of the
leading causes of fertility problems in women.
What can I expect at my annual exam?
Similar to a
gynecological exam at a conventional doctor’s office, your
exam will include a pap smear, breast exam, a general wellness
checkup and plenty of time for you to ask questions. If any
irregularities are discovered, Bastyr Center practitioners will
provide a follow-up checkup or refer you to a specialist.
To make an appointment at Bastyr Center, call 206.834.4100 or submit our quick contact form.