10 Warning Signs of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects at least 6.3 million women and girls in the U.S.  Many women suffer from endometriosis throughout their lives, often misdiagnosed as simply suffering from ‘painful menses’, or with their symptoms ignored completely. One recent study of several hundred women diagnosed with endometriosis revealed that they had suffered since adolescence, […]

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PCOS

As frightening as it might first seem, it can be empowering for a woman to learn that she has Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Discovered sooner rather than later, there are many opportunities for intervention. While there are many medications and even natural remedies to treat PCOS, taking charge of lifestyle changes will often have a profound impact, and for […]

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Adolescent Transitions

When it comes to supporting adolescent girls during life’s transitions,  we- as a culture-have a lot of work to do. Most women I know (myself included) stumbled through their adolescent transitions feeling awkward, unsupported and more than a little confused. Between a changing body (hips, breasts, pimples and cramps!), roller-coaster of hormonally-fueled emotions, and a […]

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Preventative Health

Detecting Health Issues and Preventing Disease Preventing disease and detecting health issues at an early stage is essential to living a healthy life- Have you scheduled your preventative health visits for 2014? Our purpose at Nature Cures Clinic is to support you in achieving optimal wellness through patient centered care. Preventative health visits are perfect opportunities […]

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Have you scheduled your preventative health visits for this year?

Preventing disease and detecting health issues at an early stage is essential to living a healthy life- Have you scheduled your preventative health visits for 2014? Our purpose at Nature Cures Clinic is to support you in achieving optimal wellness through patient centered care. Preventative health visits are perfect opportunities for us to do that […]

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Birth Control, Risk, and Understanding your options

Birth control, contraception, fertility management… Who hasn’t thought about it in some way? There are so many different types & methods available these days-  but not all of them are right for every woman. And trying to find the ‘right’ one can be a tremendous challenge. Because finding the ‘right’ one means something different to […]

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New Campaign Challenges Portland, Or Women to Get the Best Care from Their Health Providers

Nature Cures Clinic Launches Our Moment of Truth™ to Improve Women’s Health Conversations, Outcomes  [Portland, OR] – A recent study of more than 1200 women in the United States found that despite expressing satisfaction with the health care services they receive, many women, including here in Portland are not getting what they say they want […]

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What do you mean I don’t need a Pap? Understanding this test and the changing guidelines

In the last few years, there have been a lot of changes in the medical world around the need for Pap exams. For many women, the phrase ‘You don’t need a pap’ is met with both relief that the oft-uncomfortable procedure is not needed, as well as confusion about what that means in terms of […]

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Pap or Annual Exam? Why Women Need to Know the Difference

By Sarieah Macdonald, MN, NMNP, CNM You may have gone to a women’s health care provider recently and heard some startling news: “Your Pap was fine and now you don’t need to have an annual for several years.”  There’s some good news to this announcement (read more about PAP exams here) and then there’s a […]

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A midwife at NCC?

As a new provider at Nature Cures Clinic, and the only non-naturopath or acupuncturist, one might wonder how exactly a certified nurse midwife nurse practitioner will fit in, after all is NCC going to be delivering babies now? I love it when people ask me that, as it gives me the opportunity to explain that […]

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What is a Nurse Midwife Nurse Practitioner and what does one do?

  A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a primary care provider that independently provides primary and specialty health care in their trained specialty. There are many classifications of nurse practitioners, each with its own scope of practice, working environment and professional standards : Adult NP, Nurse Midwife NP, Family NP, Geriatric NP, Neonatal NP, Pediatric NP, Psychiatric/Mental […]

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Libido: Is this normal (or is something wrong)?

Common causes of low libido include fatigue, pain, hormone changes, stress, and raising a family. We invite you to come in and speak with our women’s health specialist about ways to bring your body back into balance and restore your sexual vibrancy (or maybe even find it for the first time).  Plus, a quick Q&A about […]

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

In honor of Women’s Health Month, I felt it important to discuss a syndrome that, like women, is elusive, complex, and foolish to ignore. The syndrome is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOS appears in between 4 and 12% of women seen in American clinics (1. 2) and in 20% of obese women (3). These numbers may […]

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