Written Jul 20th, 2017 by Melissa Potter
Canadian Catalog Update: Women’s Health
Improving the Fullscript Canada catalog is an ongoing focus. Thanks to your feedback on the current catalog offering and gaps for conditions that you frequently treat, we’ve been able to identify key supplement coverage gaps within our Canadian Catalog.
In this month’s Canadian Catalog update, we are focusing on Women’s Health and the increasing number of products we have for female-related conditions.
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Canadian Catalog Update #4: Women’s Health
Women experience a number of unique health challenges, including hormone imbalance like estrogen dominance, menopause symptoms, and infertility.
An increasing body of research is finding that natural health products (used in both a primary and complementary manner) are excellent options for addressing women’s health concerns (1). The following are some of the most common women’s health concerns addressed by healthcare providers:
Estrogen and progesterone are major female reproductive hormones. Variations in the estrogen/progesterone balance can have a dramatic effect on health. Imbalances in estrogen can be a result of endogenous (internal) or exogenous (external) causes, including excessive environmental (xenoestrogen) exposure or insufficient detoxification. Relative estrogen excess can also be related to a progesterone deficiency, in which case the relative amount of estrogen to progesterone is elevated.
Excess estrogen has been associated with increased risk of:
- Endometrial cancer
- Breast cancer
- Uterine fibroids
- Pre-menstrual symptoms (2)
Menopause indicates the end of menses in the female reproductive cycle. The physiological process of menopause is complex and varies based on every individual. When applied to menopause, natural health products are primarily used to mitigate symptoms, support adrenal function, and balance hormone production.
Up to 80% of women will experience symptoms throughout peri-menopause, including:
- Hot flashes & night sweats
- Vaginal Dryness
- Mood change
- Changes in hair growth
- Difficulty focusing (3)
Fertility support is certainly not exclusive to women, but it is one of the primary health concerns that women will consult with their healthcare provider about. When considering infertility in women, a variety of potential contributing factors include:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Chronic stress (4)
By balancing blood sugar, supporting hormone production, ensuring adequate nutrient levels, reducing stress, and regulating immune function, integrative health practitioners can utilize natural health products to support their female patients with a variety of unique health concerns.
In this month’s Canadian Catalog Update, we’re excited to announce the following key product additions to help address these women’s health concerns:
New Women’s Health products
EstroSense is designed to support natural hormone balance during PMS or menopause and promote healthy estrogen metabolism.
AdrenaSense provides herbal support for healthy adrenal gland function and promotes uninterrupted sleep during occasional sleeplessness.
ThyroSense is designed to nourish, balance, and support healthy thyroid function.
MenoSense is designed to provide support for symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats.
CranSense contains a highly concentrated 36:1 ratio of cranberry to promote healthy urinary tract function.
BladderSense contains the highly absorbable water-soluble pumpkin seed extract to support bladder function including frequency, tone, and control.
Key-E Suppositories can help restore lubrication gently and effectively. Occasional vaginal dryness can affect women at every age but most commonly occurs after menopause.
PMS SAP is a synergistic blend of chasteberry, ginkgo biloba, and vitamin B6, used to help regulate menstrual-cycle concerns.
Menopause SAP contains a combination of four evidence-based standardized herbal extracts that can help in the management of menopause-related symptoms and profoundly improve pre‑, peri‑, and postmenopausal quality of life.
Explore our ever-expanding catalogue to see if your women’s health products are available.
Looking for something you don’t see? Let us know! At Fullscript, we are continually striving to improve our catalog based on your feedback and clinical needs.
(1) - http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/6/1957S.fullideal
(2) - http://www.naturopathic.org/content.asp?contentid=401
(3) - http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2110996
(4) - http://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/female-infertility