But why, My Vagina, why?
The point of My Vagina is to encourage the development of practitioners’ knowledge base and understanding of the vulva and vagina, so we can provide better care to our clients and patients. We will continue to develop and provide as many treatment options as possible, including providing details of what your patients are likely to be offered under a typical western medical system.
We take a multidisciplinary approach, offering a swathe of treatment choices where possible. As you well know, there isn’t one answer for everything. If only.
The Australian naturopath – we all have science degrees!
In Australia, our naturopathic training by law requires a four-year full-time health sciences degree. This level of training is not the case in many countries. We have been fortunate enough to benefit from the skill, experience and vast knowledge of our tutors, who often have PhDs and lecture at the best universities in Australia on natural medicine, nutrition, and herbal medicine.
These tutors taught us rigorous critical thinking and how to have meaningful conversations with scientists and doctors, so that we could go on to advance naturopathic medicine and real treatment options that any practitioner, including medical doctors, can use with confidence in practice.
It’s true that there are huge gaps in scientific evidence for many naturopathic treatments, but this doesn’t mean they don’t work. As any practitioner knows, science can’t quantify the value of a solid therapeutic relationship, and tried and true treatments that research just hasn’t caught up to yet.
Our tutors also taught us to research the crap out of everything, find the evidence, and then were we’re able, to use that to help our patients and to develop research of our own.
Whatever you think or feel about naturopathy or naturopathic philosophy, My Vagina insists upon taking an evidence-based approach. We never attempt to engage in any treatments that go beyond our scope of practice (or are dangerous or unethical), so you won’t find hocus pocus within these walls.
Patient safety is of utmost importance, along with providing women and their practitioners with a lot more reasonable options for treating vulvovaginal, pelvic and reproductive health conditions.
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