If you’ve ever gone to the doctor and left feeling unheard, you’re not alone. It’s become disturbingly routine to work with a client who has been made to feel her symptoms or concerns were silly, absurd, or unimportant.
Did you read that online?
You’re probably just stressed.
I told you to take the pill, but you said you didn’t want to.
Are you sure those were your symptoms?
Some women have experienced this so often that they compromise on their expectations and no longer hope for healing, feel they’re lucky if they get any treatment suggestions at all.
I wish I could tell you exactly why this is the way it is for so many, but it’s most likely a complicated mixture of medical education, job stress and limitations, personalities, and the status quo. I haven’t found the perfect solution, because that would require systemic change within the education and practice of healthcare, but I can share the best thing I’ve found so far: natural, procreative technology (or naprotechnology, or “napro”).
It’s a funny name for a restorative, whole-person-focused speciality in women’s healthcare.
Created by the developers of the Creighton method, it was developed as a direct result of the research provided from the Creighton method clients. The more data they gained, the more concrete evidence they had for practical solutions to common reproductive complaints (like PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, amenorrhea, etc), all through the lens of restorative medicine.
Napro doctors are OBGYNs, DOs, family physicians, etc who receive additional, extensive education in a restorative, cooperative approach to women’s healthcare.
This means they focus on the root cause of issues, not band-aid solutions that may only treat a symptom or two. They know the value of a woman’s reproductive cycle and work cooperatively within its framework, never stopping this natural process or forcing it to do something it wasn’t designed to do. They use only bio-identical hormones and always work to protect even the possibility of a budding life. (Plus, get this - they don't consider hormonal contraception a treatment plan, which means you won't be told "Just take the pill" ever again!)
Napro doctors are not perfect; they are still human. But, they are the best physicians I’ve found yet within women’s healthcare. Plus, the work that we do (charting cycles, identifying ovulation, paying attention to bodily signs, and learning to be in tune with your own body) is deeply valued by napro physicians — so much so, that they require a few months of this charting before offering a diagnosis or treatment plan. This means that they value the voice of the patient. They want to know what you’ve noticed, how you feel, and what you desire.
These are reasons why I continue to partner with them for diagnoses and treatment of my FertilityCare clients. If you’d like to work with one of my recommended Napro physicians, submit your name here with the comment “Napro physicians.”