Bloom offers women’s health services for women of all ages. This includes annual exams and pap smears, contraception counseling and treatment of a plethora of female specific issues. Below is a list of ailments that we effectively treat with naturopathic and Chinese medicine:
- Irregular periods
- Spotting or heavy bleeding
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Menstrual cramps
- Uterine fibroids, polyps and ovarian cysts
- Absence of periods and/or ovulation
- Breast pain
- Pregnancy and postpartum issues
- Low progesterone
- High testosterone
- Thyroid disease
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal infections
- Abnormal paps/HPV
In addition, we treat the whole woman. While our focus may be reproductive/hormonal, we will also be addressing any other health issues, from digestion to mental emotion issues.
Dr. Molly O’Neill and Dr. Ashley Haywood have a special focus on fertility and a commitment to providing a safe space for all women and couples to discuss fertility issues and the process of trying to conceive. They help women and couples at any point in the process, and they work with female-male, female-female and transgendered couples, as well as single woman. If you are looking to optimize your fertility, support your body and spirit during IVF or other fertility treatment, focus on a specific infertility diagnosis, or learn more about the process of conceiving with donor sperm, Drs. O’Neill and Haywood are a key addition to your healthcare team. We offer the following services:
- Naturopathic and Chinese medicine specific to fertility optimization
- Acupuncture before and after ovulation, before and after embryo transfer (IVF)
- Education and information on conceiving using donor sperm—logistics, legal issues, medical issues, etc..
- Assistance in timing inseminations –both intrauterine and intra-vaginal—and education on how to chart your cycle and use that information to conceive.
- Co-management with your OB/Gyn and Reproductive Endocrinologist
Dr. Lindsay Fontenot incorporates Naturopathic and Classical Chinese Medicine to optimize the health of pregnancy and that of your baby. She believes in an integrative approach to preconception, pregnancy, and post-natal healthcare.
Dr. Fontenot recommends pre-conception visits to all patients who are considering getting pregnant. These visits will focus on lifestyle, nutritional and environmental factors that can effect the health of your pregnancy. At the first meeting with Dr. Fontenot you can expect a 75 minute office visit.
It is ideal to start pre-conception care when you decide to have a child rather then waiting for pregnancy to occur and both partners should be present for the initial office visit.
There are many steps both men and women can take now to optimize the health of their future children.
Lori Reising, the massage therapists at Bloom, also has a special interest in fertility. She offers massage and hypnosis specific to fertility and pregnancy.
Pregnancy and Postpartum care
We offer naturopathic care and Chinese medicine for pregnant and postpartum women, in conjunction with routine prenatal care from an OB or midwife. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment option during pregnancy and the postpartum period. In addition, naturopathic medicine has much to offer for symptom management during this time. Drs.O’Neill, Haywood and Fontenot all work with pregnant and postpartum women. Our massage therapists also offer pregnancy massage and hypno-birthing classes, and chiropractic care during pregnancy is very supportive and pain relieving. Our patients love coming to Bloom during pregnancy—for healthcare and support.
Labor Welcoming Acupuncture
Acupuncture at the end of pregnancy to prepare the woman’s body for labor. This treatment is gentle and supportive and is typically started after 37 weeks. It does not induce labor but may nudge the woman’s body into labor if she has reached or passed her due date. All of the acupuncturists at Bloom offer this service. Acupuncture to turn a breech baby When baby is breech, acupuncture can help encourage him/her to change position. This treatment is gentle and, combined with moxibustion, is very effective. These services are provided by our three ND, LAcs.