Holistic Gynecologist Shepherdsville KY

If you don’t experience menstrual cramps, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, “that time of the month” involves a clenching pain that causes us to miss more than our share of work and school days. To some extent, cramping is a normal part of the menstrual cycle, but the pain shouldn’t be (and doesn’t have to be) debilitating.

Karen Elaine Duckwall, MD
1000 Neighborhood Pl
Fairdale, KY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1978

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Kevin Douglas Dew, MD
7926 Preston Hwy
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Hardin Mem Hosp, Elizabethtown, Ky
Group Practice: Heartland Womens Health

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Ellen Maura Joyce, MD
(603) 542-3800
8413 Michael Edward Dr
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Valley Regional Hospital, Claremont, Nh; Alice Peck Day Mem Hosp, Lebanon, Nh

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Irvin Edwin Bronner, MD
(502) 368-3392
4602 Southern Pkwy
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1958

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Glenn Albert Mc Coy, MD
(502) 893-6777
4402 Churchman Ave Ste 410
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Norton Southwest Hosp, Louisville, Ky
Group Practice: Louisville Ob/Gyn

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Denise Marie Warren, DO
(502) 538-9627
140 Teakwood Cir
Mount Washington, KY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1992

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Robert L Mc Quady, MD
(502) 968-8611
7926 Preston Hwy Ste 200
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1969

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George Kudmani, MD
9822 3rd Street Rd
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1971

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Konstantinos G Skandamis
(502) 969-6552
200 High Rise Dr
Louisville, KY
Specialty
Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Emergency Medicine

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Robert G Hammer
(502) 361-1121
4500 Churchman Avenue
Louisville, KY
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pediatric Internist

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Menstrual Cramps

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By Hillari Dowdle

If you don’t experience menstrual cramps, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, “that time of the month” involves a clenching pain that causes us to miss more than our share of work and school days. To some extent, cramping is a normal part of the menstrual cycle, but the pain shouldn’t be (and doesn’t have to be) debilitating.

“Menstrual cramps are the result of the contraction of the smooth muscles of the uterus as it tries to expel its contents during the monthly bleed,” explains Eden Fromberg, DO, a holistic gynecologist practicing with SoHo Obstetrics and Gynecology in Manhattan. “It’s only rarely that I see a patient without them. When I ask about cramps on my intake form, almost everyone circles ‘yes’—and many underline it, circle it several times, and add a few exclamation points. So I’d say some cramping is normal.”

Intense or prolonged cramps, however, are often the result of too much tension and too little nutrition, Fromberg notes. “We suffer more than we need to because of our modern lifestyle,” she says. For relief, she steers her patients toward stress-reducing practices like yoga and away from a diet heavy on refined sugars and meat. “Sugar and meat produce arachidonic acid, which is associated with inflammation and pain,” she says. “I tell my clients to focus on an organic, whole-foods diet that’s heavy on whole grains and that minimizes animal foods.”

She also tells them to skip the pharmaceuticals; Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen sodium) work well for treating cramps, but they also carry serious risks. “There’s an increased risk of heart attack, or even stroke, whenever you take a NSAID [nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug]—Advil, Motrin, and Aleve fall into that class,” she says. “They’re also known to cause irritation of the lining of the stomach and to exacerbate existing ulcers. Between the cardio and GI risks, they’re just not worth it.”

Instead, choose treatments that will help your body feel better and function without side effects. “We evolved alongside nature, so look there for help,” she advises. The following five remedies can help you make it through your monthly visit.

1. Chinese herbal therapy.
For instant cramp relief, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine turn to the needle. “Acupuncture is great for quick relief,” says Steven Gordon, LAc, a TCM gynecologist. “But for prevention and long-term relief, the No. 1 formula we use is xiao yao san, which translates as ‘free and easy wanderer.’ ” The herbs in this classic formula—bleupurum, dong quai, peony root, licorice root, and atractylodes—strengthen the spleen and liver and help get stagnant qi moving during menses, according to Gordon. “It will help move out stuck blood,” he says. Under the supervision of a licensed practitioner, take eight to 10 of the small Chinese tea pills three times a day starting a day or two before your period.

2. Aromatherapy blend.
Cramps often manifest as a dull ache in the pelv...

Author: Hillari Dowdle

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