Women’s Health

Integrative Women’s Health Services in Hillsboro

womens-healthDr. Cori Burke offers naturopathic medical services for women of all ages including women’s annual wellness exams and integrative treatments for hormonal, reproductive, and gynecological health issues.

Dr. Burke is dedicated to educating women about their bodies and empowering patients to improve their overall health and vitality.

Holistic Health Care for Women

Holistic medicine means treating the whole person. Dr. Burke offers a full array of medical care services for women, including wellness exams and integrative treatments for acute and chronic health conditions. Common health conditions that respond well to naturopathic medicine include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Blood sugar imbalances and Diabetes
  • Thyroid Disease (Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Grave’s, and Hashimoto’s)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Mood issues (Anxiety, depression, etc.)
  • Skin issues (Acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc.)
  • Weight gain
  • Urinary tract infections (UTI, bladder infection)
  • Vaginal Infections (Bacterial Vaginosis and yeast infections)
  • Menstrual issues (Painful periods, heavy periods, irregular periods, PMS, etc.)
  • Menopausal symptoms (Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, irritability, etc.)

Routine Gynecology Services

Regular wellness visits are an integral part of women’s health care. Current guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend that all women aged 21 and over have regular well woman exams to screen for breast cancer and cervical cancer. Dr. Burke also offers screening tests for Sexually Transmitted Illnesses (STIs) and counseling on contraception and family planning. She is also able to order screening and diagnostic mammography and ultrasounds.

Natural Treatments for HPV and Abnormal PAPs

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI/STD) in the United States; in fact most people will be exposed to HPV at some point in their lifetime. The majority of HPV infections occur without any symptoms and then resolve on their own within a period of two years. However, persistent infection with some strains of HPV can cause cancer or genital warts. The high risk-strains of HPV that are associated with cancers are usually asymptomatic, which is why cervical cancer screening with a PAP smear is so important.

For women who have had an abnormal PAP there are many treatment options available depending on the severity of the abnormalities seen on the cervix. Dr. Burke is dedicated to supporting women with abnormal PAPs and she will work with you and your Gynecologist to develop a comprehensive treatment plan including natural immune-support therapies to help your body fight the HPV infection and reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer.

Functional Hormone Balancing and Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

womens_hormone_healthFeeling like you lost your spark? It could be your hormones.

Sex steroid hormones are the chemical messengers that orchestrate our reproductive capacities but they also have a profound effect on our moods and overall well-being. The main sex steroid hormones in both men and women are Estrogens, Progesterone, and Testosterone. When these hormones are out of balance a variety of unpleasant symptoms may arise including: fatigue; depression; anxiety; weight gain; low libido; PMS; irregular, heavy, or painful periods; and menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, irritability, and vaginal dryness. Low levels of estrogens in women is also a risk factor for bone loss and heart disease, which is why the likelihood of having these health conditions increases after menopause.

Luckily, there are many natural treatments to promote healthy hormone balance. Dr. Burke takes a functional medicine approach to hormone balance, using a combination of nutrition, vitamins and nutrient supplements, and herbal medicines to help restore optimal hormone levels so you can get back to feeling your best.

In some cases, Dr. Burke prescribes bioidentical hormone treatments for severe menopausal symptoms, to prevent osteoporosis, or as appropriate to treat other health conditions. Bioidentical hormone replacement uses Estrogens, Progesterone, and Testosterone alone or in combination to enhance your body’s own hormone levels. Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones that your body normally makes on its own. All hormone therapies convey some risk, which should be carefully weighed against the potential health benefits of these medications. Although the research is so far limited, bioidentical hormones do appear to be safer than non-bioidentical hormones such as synthetic Progestins and Premarin (an estrogen made from the urine of pregnant horses).

Fertility Optimization and Preconception Care

pregnantbellyIf you are planning a pregnancy, natural medicine can help you optimize your fertility and the health of your child by improving your overall well-being. The ability to conceive and maintain a successful pregnancy is greatly influenced by a woman’s general state of health and well as the health of her partner. Whether or not you have experienced infertility or miscarriages, or just want to get healthier before you become pregnant, Dr. Burke will support you and your partner to deliver a healthy baby.

Naturopathic fertility treatments often include improving nutrition, gentle detoxification, reducing stress, and balancing hormone levels. Dr. Burke is also excited to be able to offer her patients treatment with the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, a gentle but powerful massage technique to enhance reproductive health.