I always say that women have a lot on their shoulders. Whether from work,
home, or the pressure to juggle both, “a woman’s work is never done”. From a
young age, many girls are expected to be well-behaved and get good grades.

They experience peer pressure and competing expectations from media, magazines, mentors, teachers, and parents. As we grow older, we can put pressure on ourselves to be perfect or to be extrememly conscientious about work, fashion, our bodies, relationships, housekeeping, parenting and much more. This perfectionism can lead to lack of self empathy and feelings of shame or insecurity which adds even more stress to our already full plates.

Sadly, women often internalize much of their stress and worry while ignoring the effects of any mental, physical or emotional imbalances. Learning to deal with stress and having a complete, accurate picture of what is happening to your body and mind are positive steps towards optimal gynecologic health and a prosperous, fulfilling life. As a holistic doctor and a fellow human being this is what I want for every one of my patients- very well health!

Impact of Stress on a Woman’s Health

When we keep trying to plow through , this can result in many physical afflictions and conditions, such as:

  • Acne and other skin problems

  • Irregular periods

  • Premenstrual syndrome

  • Vaginal infections

  • Vulvar irritations

  • Urinary tract infections

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Acid reflux

  • Fluctuating weight gain or weight loss

  • Insomnia

  • Moodiness, anxiety, and depression

Health Is Holistic

As doctors, we often have to look deeper than just the physical symptoms when
patients encounter health issues. Proper health is holistic. Physical and mental
health are inextricably linked. When someone does not feel physically well,
their mental well-being suffers as well — and vice versa.

The Global Gynecologist

This is why I treat all of my patients in a way I call “globally” — as in, I diagnose and treat them in the context of the world in which they live. For example, suppose you are a vegetarian suffering from anemia. In that case, it will make no sense to direct you to eat more meat to boost your iron intake! Instead, it is more effective to teach you about the alternatives to meat such as dark leafy vegetables, legumes or supplements and create a personalized care regimen that makes sense for you.I want to know and understand your unique situation and perspective to help you in the best way possible.

Treating Patients When You See the Big Picture

When a patient comes to me with symptoms, I consider the physical implications while always asking about what has been happening in her life. For example, is she having problems at school or work, arguing with her loved ones, or feeling stressed about upcoming exams or projects? Does it appear that she may be experiencing mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression? Is there a history of trauma? Even if I come up with the best treatment for the physical symptoms, it may not be as effective as addressing both the physical and emotional components together. This may also involve referrals to medical specialists, therapists or hypnosis with me.

With this “global” approach, you can be confident that you and I will work together as a team to help you achieve your unique optimal health, mind, body and soul!