Hey, I'm Megan
Let's get to know one another...
I’m a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist, Women's Health Expert & Post Pill Hormone Balancing Guru
I'm also a wife and mother to two delightful little souls, Olive & Zale.
I'm better known as "The Biomedical Naturopath" on Instagram: how did I get that name? Well basically I'm an over qualified Naturopath. Having completed two degrees - Bachelor of Biomedical Science & Bachelor of Clinical Sciences.
When I began my studies way back in 2009 I started out wanting to be a holistic doctor so enrolled in a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree. After completing this degree my heart wasn't in medicine, I wanted to know WHY people came to ill health not just how to treat it - so I did a 180 and enrolled in Bachelor of Clinical Science majoring in Naturopathy & Complementary Sciences.
I've dedicated my entire career to learning everything I can about women's health: hormones, mental health, getting off hormonal contraceptives, pregnancy, post natal care and everything in between.
Why have I dedicated my career to helping women? Because I've been there,
at 18 years old like most teenage girls, I was prescribed the pill, my reason at the time for starting it was contraception. Now, the first pill I took, made me go bat shit crazy, I mean I was a raging psychopath, and lost the plot regularly, lashing out at my family over tiny, insignificant things. After that experience I was prescribed Yasmin, my moods normalised (or so I thought) and life went on.
Shortly after (now remember before being on the pill I had never suffered from anxiety or panic attacks) and I remember the moment vividly, I was running on a treadmill, and started thinking to myself "I can't breath", I pushed the thoughts aside, but the thoughts just kept rushing in. I hopped off the treadmill, and that's when the anxiety started, I couldn't breathe, my heart was racing, my palms were sweaty, I was freaking out. I was so worked up I had to go into the women's toilet and lay on the cold tiles for over an hour.
At that point my then boyfriend at the time took me home. I then proceeded to curl up in bed and eat a lolly, because I was shaking so much, I thought I had low blood sugar or something. After about 3 hours, the feelings past but from that moment onwards, I was never the same again.
I started fearing death and dying, scared of choking or eating something I was allergic to (I had never been allergic to anything before in my life), my mum would regularly have to sleep next to me because I was so scared something would happen to me. It was truly frightening. Even at this point I didn't put 2 and 2 together and continued to swallow that tiny yellow pill each and every morning.
Until at 26 years (after going through my studies and learning about all the negative side effects) I made the decision to come off it, I couldn't justify taking it anymore. My health was more important.
I was fortunate that my periods returned relatively quickly, but my skin went acne crazy (I had never had skin issues before the pill), and I had to work hard on my regaining my mental health. But I can now say at 32 years old, the anxiety that plagued me in my 20's doesn't exist anymore and I haven't had a panic attack in over 6 years (which is ironic because that's when I stopped the pill).
I promise you that your body is capable of so much more than painful periods, heavy periods, unruly acne ravished skin & moods swings. When your endocrine system (your hormones) are in sync, magic happens. I know, I know you're probably rolling your eyes right now and thinking "yeah right". I promise you it's possible.
Society has “normalised” hormonal chaos so when you finally speak to your doctor you’re told that there is a solution in the form of a hormonal contraceptive and that this HC will take all your symptoms away, “regulate” your period, bring back your period, give you glowing skin and everything in between. Except the problem with a HC solution is it will never, ever, ever, ever fix your hormonal chaos. Period. And you might not care now in your 20’s but I promise you, you will care when you want to get pregnant and can’t. Trust me, partnering with your body is a much easier path to take than signing up to a hormonal contraceptive prescription.
Hormonal harmony is truly possible
I've made it my mission to help women all over the globe understand their bodies better, because you shouldn't need a doctor's degree just to know how your hormones work.
I’m here to help women live their best lives by integrating pathology and bio medicine in combination with supplements, herbs, dietary and lifestyle strategies.
- Megan Maitland