Help for women: Dr. Brendan Miller is a Catholic medical doctor trained in NaPro Technology, a women’s health science that corrects abnormal reproductive and gynecological disorders.
A TOOWOOMBA obstetrician who has treated women for a disease that, if left untreated, could lead to endometrial cancer welcomed new research in Queensland showing the preventive effects of pregnancy.
Dr. Brendan Miller is a Catholic physician trained in NaPro Technology, a women’s health science that corrects abnormal reproductive and gynecological disorders, including conditions that can lead to common cancers such as endometrial cancer.
He said new research from Berghofer at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) that any further pregnancies in a woman, including those that resulted in miscarriage, could reduce the risk of endometrial cancer is in line with the NaPro technology approach for gynecological health.
The QIMR Berghofer study found that every additional pregnancy, up to eight pregnancies, significantly reduced the risk of endometrial cancer by 15 percent.
Dr. Miller said while treating women with NaPro technology, practices like recording their menstrual cycle discovered “red flags” for endometrial cancer.
“When it comes to NaPro technology and endometrial cancer, it’s just the fact that women are recording their cycles and are aware that bleeding is out of place. That is then a red flag that there may be endometrial hyperplasia, which is a precursor to endometrial cancer, “said Dr. Miller.
Endometrial hyperplasia is a condition in which the lining of the uterus is unusually thick due to too many cells.
Dr. Miller has offered women with endometrial hyperplasia treatment with natural progesterone, a “pro-gestational” hormone that helps maintain the early stages of pregnancy during the menstrual cycle as the body prepares for a possible pregnancy, or the luteal Phase.
“I’ve had a number of women doing NaPro on fertility issues where I’ve picked it up, and it’s probably a number of five or six over the course of a few years,” he said.
“None of the patients with NaPro had endometrial cancer, but they did have endometrial hyperplasia and that is probably the precursor to endometrial cancer. So if they went on without treatment, it would have been endometrial cancer.
“Hopefully, with NaPro technology, we’ve actually reversed what could have become endometrial cancer in a number of women.”
Endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer, is the most common uterine cancer and the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women.
Cancer begins in the layer of cells that make up the lining or endometrium of the uterus.
Cancer Australia estimates that around 3,115 women were affected by endometrial cancer in 2019 and around 350 people died in 2018.
Researchers working on the QIMR-Berghofer study looked at pregnancy data from 30 studies conducted worldwide, including Australia, conducted by the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium.
These included 16,986 women with endometrial cancer and 39,538 women who had never had the disease.
Hope: “Any research we can get will help women understand what is wrong with their bodies and know that there are ways to avoid this type of cancer. I think it’s wonderful that people are using this stuff deal. ”
Miscarriages could also prevent cancer
Dr. Miller, who referred to his patients as “Dr. Pink and Blue, “said he was surprised by additional results in the QIMR study, which showed that pregnancies that resulted in miscarriage could also lower the risk of endometrial cancer by about seven percent.
He believed that the presence of progesterone in early pregnancies might have led to the positive results.
“One thing they mentioned in the newspaper was that a miscarriage between four and eight weeks had the same protective effect against endometrial cancer as a year with the oral contraceptive pill,” he said.
“The oral contraceptive pill has a reasonably natural estrogen, but a synthetic progestin, and the idea of the progestin is to counteract the effects of estrogen so women who take the pill don’t get endometrial cancer.
“I’m actually wondering whether pregnancy is more a natural progesterone than the synthetic progestin that is contained in the pill. So natural progesterone may be more effective at targeting progesterone receptors than this progestogen in the pill. ”
Dr. Miller said NaPro Technology’s research into the effects of progesterone in early pregnancy led him to obstetrics and gynecology in 2006.
“I had a friend who kept losing babies after about 20 weeks and I suggested her treatment with progesterone,” said Dr. Miller.
“At that time I was a general practitioner and had just completed the NaPro training in the USA.
“Your obstetrician said it was a lot of nonsense.
“That got me thinking, maybe I should do obstetrics too.”
When Dr. Miller completed his obstetrics fellowship, his institution awarded an honorary fellowship to an American researcher who “found that progesterone associated with a shortened cervix reduced the risk of premature birth.”
“It was one of those amazing moments when I had been training for eight years for that reason and suddenly someone else made it mainstream,” he said.
He said other gynecological and obstetric practices, including the availability of natural progesterone in pharmacies and using phone apps for fertility tracking, were in line with what NaPro had been doing for decades.
Dr. Miller said NaPro is also promoting the use of robotic surgery to treat endometriosis, a disorder in which the tissue that makes up the lining of the uterus grows outward.
“One of the reasons I came to Toowoomba was because this robot was sitting here,” he said.
“I had really easy access to robotic surgery and I think this is a real trailblazer for a very difficult endometriosis treatment.
“It actually feels like you can do an even better job.”
Queensland’s first certified FertilityCare educator praises the study
Women’s Health: Cathryn Marshall has just become Queensland’s first qualified Creighton Educator, enabling Brisbane-based practitioners to train women to teach the Church-approved fertility awareness model. Photo: Delivered
The FertilityCare practitioner Cathryn Marshall, who mostly works with Dr. Working together with Miller’s patient, said it was important for women to recognize the gynecological and reproductive benefits of pregnancy.
“Any research we can get helps women understand what is going on with their bodies and know that there are ways to avoid this type of cancer. I think it’s wonderful that people are getting on with this stuff deal, “said Ms. Marshall.
“It’s wonderful that, as sad as a miscarriage is, there are at least some kind of benefits for the woman.”
Ms. Marshall, the first Queenslander certified practitioner in Australia to teach the Creighton Method, said that endometrial cancer is a shock to many women and that treatment can be “quite invasive”.
“Most of the time, it would probably be a hysterectomy or something they’d have to go through along with other cancer treatments,” she said.
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