Women’s Health

National Infertility Awareness Week, Listen Up!


   In honor of Infertility Awareness Week, we are giving a free, signed copy of my book, Your Fertility Program to anyone who requests it. Simply come to the office for your paperback copy while supplies last. Struggling to get Read more

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month!


I feel that it is incredibly important to educate the public about endometriosis because it is so common One out of 10 women will be affected by it during their reproductive years. Endometriosis described a condition in which tissue, Read more

East-West Liver & Systemic Detoxification Program


"?I can’t begin to explain how wonderful I feel after completing the Liver Detox Program with Dr. Maureen Rozenn. I’ve been on a long journey trying to become a healthier person and really felt I’d come a long Read more

January is Thyroid Awareness Month! Treating Thyroid & Adrenal Issues with Functional Medicine


What is functional medicine? This question always makes me laugh. It implies that those who do not profess to practice "functional medicine" by default, practice "dysfunctional medicine". But that little joke aside, Functional Medicine refers to a way of Read more

Community Acupuncture-Points to Consider


"Prior to being under Dr. Rozenn's care, I had only been to community acupuncture. I now liken that to getting a chair massage in the mall, and then realizing how life-changing a full-on spa massage is! The way she Read more

National Infertility Awareness Week, Listen Up!

Dr. Rozenn

   In honor of Infertility Awareness Week, we are giving a free, signed copy of my book, Your Fertility Program to anyone who requests it. Simply come to the office for your paperback copy while supplies last.

Struggling to get pregnant (or stay pregnant)? Feeling alone?

You are NOT alone! One in eight couples in the United States struggles to build a family. They are your friends, coworkers, neighbors and family members.They are lesbian couples, heterosexual couples and single women, People struggling with infertility can feel so much shame, they can feel like failures, and the constant question they ask is “Why me?”.

I know these are common feelings my patients face. Our work together is comprised of support, education, diagnostics, and treatment. With these tools, I have helped hundreds of couples conceive. But, they all came to me in the beginning, feeling just like you. Some of them make their first appointment because they want to utilize a natural, health-based method of fertility enhancement, while others come to me for help making IVF or other assisted reproductive techniques more effective. Some people make their first appointment after years of infertility. My heart goes out to these people, because while we may make progress by leaps and bounds within less than 8 weeks, they are frustrated and burdened by the time they spent waiting for “it to happen”.

In honor of those struggling with infertility, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is sponsoring the annual National Infertility Awareness Week from April 23rd-29th, 2017. RESOLVE is a non-profit organization that lobbies for family building access, promotes public education and provides support groups. This year the theme is Listen up!

National Infertility Awareness Week is a nation-wide movement to build public awareness about the common struggle of family building. The campaign is created so anyone who cares about the infertility community can feel empowered to do something that makes a difference, either in your own family building journey or to help someone else. Listen Up! and become part of the movement. How can you help spread the message?

Listen Up! It’s time to understand how infertility can affect you.

Listen Up! People with infertility matter. Join the movement to help build a community that understands their needs and supports their efforts to build a family.

Listen Up! Infertility takes away the right to build a family. You can help those that struggle, join the movement.

Listen Up! Policies and legislation can impact access to many family building options. Help us stop these anti-family laws.

It is time to focus on helping yourself or your community with infertility. How can you do that? Come get a copy of Your Fertility Program, and encourage a friend to do the same. Make an appointment and develop a treatment plan that suits your needs. You can also visit the RESOLVE website for information on support groups here. 


March is Endometriosis Awareness Month!

Dr. Rozenn

I feel that it is incredibly important to educate the public about endometriosis because it is so common One out of 10 women will be affected by it during their reproductive years. Endometriosis described a condition in which tissue, similar to the lining of the uterus, is found elsewhere in the body. It can lead to extreme menstrual pain, infertility and distortion of reproductive and abdominal organs.

The most common Signs and symptoms of Endometriosis include:

  • Painful periods
  • Intense cramping may start 1-2 days prior to menstruation and can be so severe that it causes vomiting, diarrhea and fainting.
  • Pain at the end of or just AFTER menses
  • Irregular cycles
  • Annovulatory cycles
  • Premenstrual spotting
  • Painful intercourse

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Is Your Food Poison or Medicine? The Modern Answer to an Age-Old Question

Dr. Rozenn

“What is food to one person may be bitter poison to others.” This expression originated in the first century C.E. Even the ancient Romans knew that the same meal may be nourishing to one person and detrimental to another.  But, how do you know what is your food, and what is your poison? Further, what if the meal that nourishes you today is toxic to you tomorrow? Food sensitivity testing was developed to help you discover what diet is best for you!

I remember the time before this testing was available. The only way to ascertain food sensitivities was to go through a food-elimination diet that could last for months. I can attest, from personal experience, that this was a miserable process. Then, almost 20 years ago, the first food sensitivity panel came on the market. It only measured IgG immune reaction to four foods, but even this small test helped people avoid their acne, eczema, migraines, fatigue, weight gain, indigestion, constipation, sinus & respiratory issues,etc! Read more


Menopause—A Natural Life Transition

Dr. Rozenn

beautiful healthy woman touching her faceI was asked three times this week by my patients if I work with women going through menopause. Almost everyone knows someone between the ages of 42-55 who is going through “the change”. Since I have extensive post graduate training in Women’s Health, and I do a lot of fertility work, it makes sense that I would also help women through menopause….right?

RIGHT!

For most women, menopause is a shift that happens over a period of years. It is a naturally occurring transition that every woman goes through. During this time her hormone levels undergo severe fluctuations. Progesterone and estrogen decline as ovarian function decreases, but luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) increase as the pituitary attempts to stimulate the ovaries and induce ovulation.

Sound complicated? It is!

Basically, during this transition women have too much of some hormones and not enough of others. As their bodies try to adapt to these dramatic hormonal shifts, women can experience symptoms such as: night sweats, hot flashes, irritability, insomnia, irregular menses with profuse bleeding and more!

So how can a natural process be so uncomfortable? Some women, about 25% have no menopausal symptoms. One day their menses simply ceases. Other women enter menopause with yin and yang imbalances due to prolonged overexertion (such as working full time, raising children, attaining higher education and being the emotional support system for the whole family, whew!). This makes them more likely to experience symptoms during menopause.

What can a woman do? First of all, she can accept this shift as a gift, even though it may not always feel like a gift. Women part with precious energy every month through bleeding as a consequence of being fertile. It is part of our physical makeup to give of ourselves to nurture others. As a woman moves into a new phase in life, she no longer has to part with this energy. She can keep this resource for herself. Post menopause can be a time for women to focus fully on themselves, their needs and wants.

Oriental medical theory asserts that during menopause women are prone to yin and yang imbalances. I truly enjoy supporting women through this transition with acupuncture, herbal therapy and diet and lifestyle counseling. Through supporting the body to attain a new balance between yin and yang, these modalities can reduce unpleasant menopausal symptoms such as: hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, profuse menstrual bleeding, etc.  

The result is a stronger, healthier woman who can enter gracefully into the next phase of her life.  


Vitamin D & Women’s Health

Dr. Rozenn

Vitamin D has gotten a lot of press over the last few years. From bone strength to fertility, the uses of vitamin D, as both a nutrient and a hormone, continues to increase as research accumulates and our understanding grows.

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Progesterone–The Over Prescribed Hormone

Dr. Rozenn

22851505_s“Natural” progesterone supplementation is the cornerstone of many holistic physician’s treatment plan for Women’s Health issues such as:

PMS & Menstrual Cycle Regulation

Perimenopausal Symtpoms

         Infertility, especially Luteal Phase Defect (LPD)

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Dr. Rozenn

Power of WomenBreast cancer is only one of the many breast issues facing women today. Fibrocystic breasts, breast pain that waxes and wanes with the menstrual cycle, as well as a suspicious mammogram or thermogram, we women have a lot to worry about when it comes to breast health!

One of the ways women can lessen breast pain and lower cancer rates is by limiting several environmental pollutants:

  • PAHS (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons)
    Present in:cigarette smoke, air pollution, auto exhaust, diesel fuel, smoked and grilled foods.
  • PBCs ((Polycholorinated biphenyls)
    Banned in the US in 1979, we are still exposed to this through accumulation in rivers and industrial areas, fish and HUMAN BREAST MILK!
  • BPA (Bishenol A)
    Present in plastic and epoxy resins, plastic wrap, plastic bags, storage containers, canned foods.
  • Dioxin
    Produced through chemical processes involving chlorine such as pulp and paper manufacturing, dioxin has now contaminated many food sources such as milk, fish and meat.

 

So, what can you do? Not eat, breath or sleep (mattresses commonly contain pollutants as well)?

This is a sound, but not practical solution. You can avoid canned foods, know where your food is coming from, adjust some habits and be proactive. For example, use glass containers to store food, avoid canned foods, always bring a reusable bag to the grocery store. When at the grocery store be mindful of where your food came from. Is it organic? Was it imported from Mexico or other places where there are fewer laws and regulations regarding the use of chemicals in agriculture? Is it local, or did it come here from from across the country on a diesel truck? Get involved, support environmental groups.

Keep your liver healthy!. Your liver is responsible for breaking down and excreting toxins. There are specific breast support formulas available to support breast health, endocrine balance (which these chemicals disrupt) and provide antioxidants.

GET HELP!

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine has a long history of successfully treating breast pain! From cyclical breast pain to cancer related breast issues, you can feel better!

When working with menstrual cycle induced breast pain or cysts I combine dietary therapy with acupuncture (no, the needles do not go in the breasts) and herbal prescriptions. Often, when women get up off the treatment table, their pain is alleviated. Liver support is essential for these individuals, along with herbs that promotes circulation through the breasts and discourage the formation of fibrous tissue. Many women with this problem also find their menstrual cycles also improve. Common side effects of treatment are: a reduction or eradication of PMS, regular menstrual cycles, more energy, better sleep and an increase in well being and quality of life.

Want more information on Oriental medicine and cancer treatment? Check out this post:

Acupuncture & Cancer Treatment

Here are just a couple of studies showing the benefits of acupuncture on breast health and cancer recovery:

Acupuncture in breast diseases. How, when and why?

Acupuncture improves health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) and sleep in women with breast cancer and hot flushes.

If you or someone you know is experiencing breast health issues or wants to do all they can to prevent problems, make an appointment so we can talk about specific strategies and breast support formulas.Online Appointment Booking


Ten Years In Downtown Santa Cruz!

Dr. Rozenn

This year marks Dr. Rozenn’s ten year anniversary at her current location in downtown Santa Cruz. She opened her clinic on Cedar street with the vision of bringing Integrative Medical Care to the Santa Cruz community. Her coworkers over the last decade have included Medical and Naturopathic Doctors, massage therapists and psychotherapists. It has been a pleasure and an honor to provide Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to Santa Cruz, and we look forward to serving you through the next decade!

To celebrate our anniversary and to give back to our Read more


Fertility & Pre-Birth Acupuncture

Dr. Rozenn

Nothing makes me happier than following up with a patient who became pregnant under my care. For example, yesterday Isaw a patient who I haven’t seen since her first trimester. Now she is in her 36th week. She wrote of her experience during her first trimester:

I am research scientist, and I have always been a little skeptical about acupuncture and other non-western medical practices.  After my experience with Dr. Rozenn, however, I enthusiastically recommend her for the treatment of fertility issues. My husband and I were trying to conceive for the second time and after a year, we saw an M.D. specialist in infertility.  He explained that Western medicine had no easy answer for my particular issue (my cycles were  short and he suspected I was ovulating before my eggs were mature), and recommended that I try meditation or yoga as a first strategy.  He also mentioned that there was a program available that combined standard infertility treatment with acupuncture.  After talking to a friend of mine (who recommended Dr. Rozenn), I decided to try acupuncture alone for three months and then reassess my options. Dr. Rozenn was willing to work with me either with or without parallel treatment from my M.D. and Read more


A Word of Gratitude to Drs. Feng and Benedict from a Humble Student

Dr. Rozenn

After completing my BA, I looked at MS programs in Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Oriental Medicine all over the country. I was young, without ties to a community, and was open to moving anywhere. I chose to attend Five Branches University because out of all of my prospective schools, that one was strongest in Women’s Health, because of Sharon Feng. I came to Santa Cruz knowing I wanted to focus on gynecology, long before it was commonplace for acupuncturists to claim a specialty. I came here to study with Dr. Feng.

My first clinical class was with Sharon. It was my first day, and she scared the hell out of me. This tiny Read more