I work to make the uncomfortable comfortable so that you can get back to living your best life.
Is defined as any vaginal condition with symptoms of abnormal vaginal itching, discharge, irritation, burning or odour. It can be caused by an infection; most commonly bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis (yeast infection) or trichomoniasis. When not caused by an infection, the usual causes are; atrophic vaginitis (thinning of the vaginal walls), contact with an irritant, allergen, or due to an inflammatory response.
is defined as a vulvar pain that lasts at least 3 months without a clear cause but may have associated factors. Currently there is no one treatment for vulvodynia making naturopathic medicine unique in its ability to help. The 8 associated factors include infectious, inflammatory, neurological, hormonal imbalances, neoplastic, trauma and latrogenic.
Other vaginal concerns I can help you with by supporting your overall health and immune system: HPV, cervical dysplasia, genital herpes
How I Can Help
An initial assessment includes a comprehensive health assessment to go over exactly what you have been experiencing. I like to know as much detail as you can provide and are comfortable sharing.
A vaginal exam may also be included if this is something you are comfortable with. A vaginal exam will be directed by your comprehensive health assessment but may include an external visualization, an internal visualization using a speculum where swabs may be taken to test for infection, abnormal cells and HPV. Your vaginal pH will be measured to ensure you have a healthy microbiome. I have also trained in pelvic floor therapy and a pelvic floor exam where two gloved fingers are inserted into the vaginal canal may be performed to assess tone and function of the pelvic floor muscles. I like to walk my patients through what I’m doing at all times because you deserve to feel comfortable with exactly what’s going on.
Lab testing may be performed to get a better understanding of your hormonal health, inflammatory markers and microbiome so that a robust plan is put in place to address your needs.
WHY? Because you deserve to feel comfortable.