Common hormonal conditions that many women face during their menstruating years include premenstrual syndrome, period pain, endometriosis, heavy periods, fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome & infertility. Karen has many years of experience in treating hormonal issues and has great results using herbal medicine and nutritional supplements along with diet and lifestyle strategies.
Herbal medicine and diet and lifestyle change offer great benefits over pharmaceutical drugs. Many women get prescribed the oral contraceptive pill for period pain or irregular periods – but it does nothing to address the real cause of the dysfunction and really just masks the symptoms. The monthly menstrual cycle is a natural part of a woman’s life and should be supported and balanced with a natural approach. Karen loves to teach women about their bodies and their menstrual cycles and how to understand, respect and work with their natural rhythms.
“Along with addressing lifestyle and environmental factors, I have found herbal and nutritional medicines to be invaluable tools in enhancing and optimising reproductive function. I have had great success over the years in helping women alleviate period problems, menopausal complaints or achieve a healthy and successful pregnancy and birth. When a woman has healthy hormones – her life is more balanced and happy! I look forward to supporting you to achieve optimal reproductive health.” – Karen
Preconception and Fertility
Research has shown that the health of prospective parents before conception can influence the health of the egg, sperm and resultant embryo. By addressing diet and nutrition and changing lifestyle habits we can optimize our fertility and improve our chances of conception and a successful pregnancy.
Herbal medicine offers effective treatment for a range of reproductive disorders, such as endometriosis and PCOS, which can reduce fertility. In many cases, male fertility issues can also be improved with lifestyle and dietary changes and supplement programs.
Karen has a great deal of experience working with natural fertility and infertility – including offering IVF support. Karen works alongside IVF specialists and doctors where necessary to provide expert holistic care and a collaborative approach for every woman.
Karen also offers Fertility Wellness Programs to really transform your health on all levels and achieve your dream of a successful and health pregnancy and natural birth.
Pregnancy and Post Natal
There is much you can do to ensure a healthy and stress free pregnancy. Pregnancy is a time of great change for your body and your nutritional requirements are increased. Good dietary & lifestyle choices along with nutritional supplements where needed give your baby the best start. Herbal medicine and homeopathy also offer effective treatments for the common complaints of pregnancy such as morning sickness, fatigue and heartburn and can help prepare for labour and birth, postnatal recovery & breastfeeding.
Karen is passionate about supporting women from pre-conception right through pregnancy and into the postnatal period. By offering up-to-date information, practical tools and expert diet and lifestyle tips, Karen supports women in achieving a healthy pregnancy, a natural birth and the most rewarding post-natal experience. Her experience and passion for treating infants and children also gives you peace of mind and confidence through the early days with your new baby.
Karen has written a comprehensive book, “Optimal Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy: Nourishing Foods for You and Your Baby”.
With everything nutritional you need to know for a super healthy pregnancy – you should grab a copy today!
Menopause & Peri-menopause
The word menopause is often used in reference to that period of time in a woman’s life which is marked by hormonal changes. In fact the years leading up to the menopause are more accurately coined the peri-menopause.
This transitional time is often marked by changes in menstrual cycle, both in length and blood flow, as well as a host of other hormone related symptoms. These may include hot flushes, vaginal dryness, mood change and memory loss.
Many things will influence a woman’s experience of the peri-menopause and beyond. Diet and lifestyle, including exercise and stress levels, can play an important part in this phase.
Karen views the menopause as a natural transition and seeks to support women through this period – by providing emotional support, symptom relief and preventative health care advice. Herbal medicine offers safe and effective options for balancing women’s hormones and making the transition smoother and more enjoyable.
Hormone replacement therapy implies that menopause is a deficiency syndrome rather than a natural process. For most women, HRT is not necessary for a healthy menopause experience, and its use should be carefully considered as it is not without inherent risks.
A few happy stories
WHAT MY clients SAY
After having our first baby at 40 years of age I we were keen to have a second baby quickly. After two miscarriages which happened early in both pregnancies a friend from my local play group suggested that I see Karen. After a few months of treatment we tried again and two cycles later I was pregnant again. I continued to see Karen and enjoyed a healthy pregnancy and straight forward delivery. We now have a daughter and son. Our daughter has also visited Karen for help with her asthma.
I was willing to give anything a go to receive my dream of becoming a mum this is when I came across Karen. It was so lovely to actually have someone that actually listened to me. Karen put me on a super tonic which I call her ‘magic potion’ and after a few weeks in taking this my FSH levels dropped dramatically and this was my lucky month. I finally saw those two bright pink lines on a pregnancy test and realised my dream had finally came true.
Karen taught me about natural fertility and how to know when I am at my most fertile, so it only took 4 menstrual cycles to get pregnant and I actually knew the exact day that I fell pregnant!
Having diminished ovarian reserve can be a gripping reality to face when trying to conceive. I thought this was a fixed diagnosis and that I was powerless to change it which made me feel as though I had no control over my situation. However, after just one session with Karen I had hope again and learnt that I could change my situation! A huge weight lifted off my shoulders and I felt empowered. After taking Karen’s recommended supplements the doctors were surprised at how many eggs we retrieved in our first round of IVF and above that, the maturity and health of the eggs! The fertility doctor was amazed – diminished ovarian reserve compromises the number and quality of eggs, yet we had a 100% fertilisation rate and 60% of the fertilised eggs made it to Day 5 blastocysts. I firmly believe that the number and quality of the eggs was attributed to Karen’s guidance and supplements. Without them, I don’t think we would have had the same amazing results! We are so thankful that Karen has been part of our journey.
Having Karen as my Naturopath through my IVF journey has been wonderful. Her knowledge, genuine interest and caring nature have made an otherwise stressful time, less so. I have always felt that Karen supported my choices, whilst encouraging and educating me with further options to increase my health and wellbeing.
On occasion due to work or other commitments when I haven’t been able to see Karen, she has made herself available at all times and offered support via phone or email which has been invaluable. It is a privilege having someone with such passion and knowledge look after you. My health and lifestyle continue to improve with Karen’s assistance!
Dear Karen, here is a picture of my gorgeous boy Dane – who is now 4 months old! I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your amazing help in creating this little ‘miracle’. We are all loving it and so happy to have this little guy in our life! Thanks again so much and take care.
I wanted to let you know some great news – my baby girl was born a week ago. Everything turned out perfectly, and I had another amazing birth at home, with my daughter being born in the water after a 1hr 15 min labour. I couldn’t have asked for anything more and feel truly blessed. I just wanted to say the biggest thank you for all your help and for walking me through my fears and concerns in the lead up to her birth. I found a real peace with everything in the last weeks of my pregnancy and was ready to embrace our birth however it unfolded. So thank you so much!