Natural Women’s Health Care
Dr. Denise Cooluris, ND specializes in women’s health care, which encompasses all phases of a woman’s life. From puberty to menopause, most women will experience symptoms in their lifetime that may be worrisome or confusing. Dr. Cooluris offers comprehensive care for these concerns in a comfortable setting. An expert and highly respected educator in natural gynecology, she combines her therapeutic skill in scientifically based and traditional natural therapies with her diagnostic and clinical training in conventional medicine. Focusing on the whole person, she provides a safe and professional space for women to share their health concerns.
Dr. Cooluris approaches women’s health by examining the whole body as integrated systems. Although many women share similar health concerns, a gynecological concern rarely stands alone as a single problem in the body so no single, generic approach works best for every individual. Dr. Cooluris gives each patient in her practice a comprehensive treatment plan unique to her needs.
The integrated care that Dr. Cooluris provides is multidisciplinary, drawing from the best of conventional and natural therapies. Her particular expertise lies in hormonal balancing, identifying the root causes of presenting problems (including fatigue, insomnia, depression, and anxiety), and resolving menopausal symptoms.
Women’s Wellness Appointment
At this 45-minute appointment, Dr. Denise will discuss your health history and take the time to answer any woman’s health questions. A focused physical exam will include an annual gynecological exam, which includes a Pap smear and breast health overview. Any pertinent labs, diagnostics, or treatment options for optimal health may evolve from this visit.
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A woman can encounter a hormone imbalance at any phase of her life, and it is often the most evasive diagnosis in medicine. It may be in the form of irregular or heavy periods, difficulties with conceiving or maintain pregnancy, or more subtle symptoms such as acne, fatigue, depression, or anxiety. As an expert in hormone balancing, Dr. Cooluris takes a close look at your family history, personal history, and hormone testing to identify the specific imbalance in your body and partners with you to design a plan to restore hormone balance.
Peri-menopause is a window in a woman’s life that can start as early as 36 when her hormones begin to fluctuate prior to entering menopause. The symptoms of the hormone changes during this time are variable, unpredictable, and largely unrecognized. These concerns can be very disruptive to a woman’s mood, relationships, stability, and overall comfort. Natural therapies such as herbal medicine and bio-identical hormone therapy are very effective tools during this phase of life that not only stabilizes overall health, but also prepares us for a more sound entrance into the menopausal transition.
Menopause is a phase in a woman’s life when the body is a adopting a new hormone baseline. This is also a phase in a woman’s life where she may be navigating sentinel life changes as well. An integrative approach including nutritional interventions, herbal medicine, and bio-identical hormone therapy in an individualized manner can make this stage a celebration of the next phase of her life.
If your cycles occur irregularly or appear to be very heavy or light in flow, there may be an underlying imbalance systemically. Causes of menstrual disorders may range from hormone imbalance to an underlying gynecological condition. Nutrition, herbal medicine, detoxification, and natural hormone balancing can often restore a healthy cycle again.
The bottom line is…Every woman who menstruates is premenstrual at some point of her cycle. But our experience of this phase varies incredibly – there are 150 symptoms ascribed to PMS! Each woman’s experience of PMS depends greatly on the interplay of her hormone, digestive, and nervous systems as well as her lifestyle and nutrition. An individualized plan using medicines tailored to your body’s needs can alleviate these symptoms.
Preconception health care is a deliberate program of nutrition and lifestyle changes to optimize fertility and create a healthy environment for your baby’s development. A four-month preconception health care program is ideal to help ensure a healthy and fertile setting for a healthy pregnancy.
Naturopathic medicine offers an effective and healthy approach to achieving conception. For women trying to become pregnant by in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI), many natural therapies exist that can augment current protocols safely and successfully. Working with an integrated approach to fertility and conception can drive better outcomes, and healthier babies as well as help families move through this process with decreased stress and increased empowerment.
Natural therapies are an excellent choice for acute and recurrent yeast or bacterial vaginal infections. The vaginal environment is influenced by a number of different factors, such as our immune and hormone status or our digestive health. A comprehensive health discussion can identify the cause of vaginal irritation to develop an individualized plan to resolve vaginal imbalances.
Abnormal Pap Smear
An abnormal Pap smear, clinically referred to as “cervical dysplasia,” is generally the result of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV causes changes to the cells of the cervix that, if left unmonitored, can lead to cervical cancer. HPV is also associated with cancers in other regions of the body, including the anus, throat, vagina, and vulva. Dr. Cooluris offers an integrated approach to the systemic and local treatment when you have abnormal Pap results and HPV infection.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
A sexually transmitted disease, such as herpes simplex, can be a very worrisome and frustrating experience. A combination of education and proactive therapies combining conventional, nutritional, lifestyle, and herbal remedies can help you maintain remission and adopt preventive measures with success.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS may be one of the most complex woman’s health issues for the medical community. Its diagnosis is often overlooked, and treatment may be limited using conventional therapy options. Dr. Cooluris uses a combination of dietary and lifestyle guidelines, nutrient therapy, herbal medicine, hormone balancing, and pharmaceutical therapies (if necessary) to regulate and restore the health of women experiencing PCOS.
Acute and chronic bladder concerns such as urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis, and an “irritable bladder” can be very disruptive to daily life. There are many factors often overlooked by conventional diagnosis that influence urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis (IC), irritable bladder syndrome, chronic pelvic pain, and urine incontinence. Dr. Cooluris can help you in carefully examining these factors to find the underlying cause of bladder concerns and provide the appropriate treatment unique to your situation.