Holistic Gynecologist South Burlington VT

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.

Nancy Fisher, MD
(802) 859-9500
364 Dorset St
South Burlington, VT
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Lake Champlain Gynecological Oncology
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Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dr.Kym Boyman
(802) 735-1252
1775 Williston Rd #110
South Burlington, VT
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F
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Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Year of Graduation: 1999
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Gynecologist (OBGYN)
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Hospital: Fletcher Allen Health Care
Online Appt Scheduling: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Jennifer Seaber Moore, MD
(770) 719-0200
22 Proctor Ave
South Burlington, VT
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1987

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Dr.Gamal Eltabbakh
(802) 859-9500
364 Dorset St # 200
South Burlington, VT
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Gynecologist (OBGYN)
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Julia Virginia Johnson, MD
(802) 847-1400
89 Beaumont Ave Dept OBGYN
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1984
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Hospital: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt
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Julie A LaCombe
(802) 847-5800
1775 Williston Rd
South Burlington, VT
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Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Gamal H Eltabbakh
(802) 859-9500
364 Dorset St
South Burlington, VT
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Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecology / Oncology

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Joseph Stevens Moore, MD
(616) 391-2627
22 Proctor Ave
South Burlington, VT
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1962
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Hospital: Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Mi

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William Frank Long, MD
(802) 578-7562
89 Beaumont Avenue (H) Box 259,
Burlington, VT
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1976

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Roger Soll
(802) 847-3993
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
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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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