The female body has complex anatomy and physiology. Hormones play an intricate role in the different phases every month and throughout our lives. Our brains communicate through a number of glands to signal when we should ovulate and menstruate, when our breasts should begin growing, what to do if the egg becomes fertilized, when to stop releasing an egg and initiate menopause. 

Most of the time, we can plan on our menstrual cycles like clockwork, knowing almost to the day, even hour, for when it should be starting. However, not every woman has regular cycles with predictable symptoms. Many factors can effect the irregularities of our cycles including, diet and nutrition, physical exercise, stress and major life events, and environmental factors.

The world of women's health doesn't stop at periods. Our anatomy can lead to an assortment of issues or problems such as pelvic infections from vaginal infections to sexually transmitted infections, pelvic floor weaknesses leading to organ prolapse or incontinence, sexual dysfunction, etc. These common issues are dealt with on a regular basis.

 

© 2017 by Carlie A. Yearsley, CNM, WHNP, DNP