When Your Body is Trying to Tell You Something
Most women, at some point in their lives, experience changes in the length and/or severity of their periods. Childbirth, stress, poor exercise and poor nutrition have all been found to be contributing factors to temporary fluctuations. However, when issues persist, there is often an underlying health reason.
What Is Considered A “Normal” Period?
Interval: Every 28 days
Length: 4-6 days
Amount of blood: Average amount is 30-40 ml (a regular soaked tampon holds 5 ml)
Symptoms: Minimal cramping, bloating, minimal mood liability, mild breast swelling / tenderness
What Is Considered Not A Normal Period?
Going more than 35 days or less than 21 days between periods
Skipping your period for 3 consecutive months or more
Bleeding for more than 7 days
Amount of Blood:
Greater than 80 ml of blood (a regular soaked tampon holds 5 ml)
Feeling faint or dizzy with periods
Headaches, moderate to severe cramping, back pain, moderate to severe mood liability, bloating, fatigue, breast swelling and/or tenderness
Other Signs That Can Indicate A Hormone Imbalance
Weight gain (especially around abdomen, hips & thighs)
Scalp hair loss
Fibrous or lumpy breasts
Increased hair growth on face and/or body
Change in sex drive
Anxiety and/or depression
Hot flashes / night sweats
Early skin aging
Conditions Associated With Hormone Imbalance
Cancer (Breast, Endometrial / Ovarian)
Osteoporosis / Osteopenia
PMS / PMDD
As with any condition or symptom, our overall approach is to evaluate a patient’s complete health history, and conduct advanced lab testing, as needed, to find the root cause of the health issue. We want to make sure patients have a personally tailored plan for success, receiving therapies and recommendations for lifestyle changes that will not just mask the symptoms, but alleviate the cause.
What To Expect
Extensive health history consult
Advanced lab testing
Analysis of results and planning
Sex Hormone Parameters
Sex Hormones: Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Free Testosterone, Pregnenolone, DHEA-S
Other Hormones: Thyroid Hormone (T3, T4, fT3, fT4, TSH, rT3), Cortisol Rhythm
Sex Hormone Metabolites
We use sex hormone metabolites to determine how you are metabolizing your hormones, which gives us a better indication of your risk for estrogen dominance and estrogen related diseases.
With this information, we can initiate treatment to mitigate the risks and symptoms associated with poor estrogen metabolism.
Other Testing When Indicated
Advanced GI Testing: Stool Testing, SIBO Testing
Cardiovascular Panels to assess for risk
Micronutrient Panels to assess for nutritional deficiencies
Lifestyle Recommendations: For optimum hormone regulation, the fundamentals must not be ignored. Diet, exercise, and sleep are not only the most important contributing factors to long term hormone regulation, and they are free.
Natural Botanical Supplementation: We utilize the wisdom of plant medicine as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. With the use of botanical medicine, we can alter physiology naturally. This approach minimizes the risk of side effects and increasing the chance of more long-term results.
Hormone balance, like many other processes in our body, require optimal nutrition and building blocks. Without proper protein and fat within the body, hormones will not be synthesized.
Blood sugar stability is essential for hormone balance. Spikes in blood sugar directly stimulate androgen production, which is often the underlying factor in conditions like PCOS and Acne Vulgaris.
A healthy liver and healthy colon are key to proper hormone regulation.
Hormones are both synthesized and metabolized by the liver, making this organ an important area of focus in treatment of hormonal imbalance. The liver can be easily burdened and decline in function with an overload of toxins, chemicals, alcohol, synthetic medications, and poor food choices.
The bulk of our hormones are excreted through our bowel, therefore regular bowel movements are key to hormone optimization. Furthermore, if there is an imbalance in the bacteria within the colon, estrogens may be cleaved and recirculated, leading to a state of estrogen dominance.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
In some cases, hormone supplementation may be required to help the body achieve homeostasis.
BHRT is different from OCP’s in that the body recognizes them as its own. We will customize your hormone treatment to give you exactly what you need, rather than prescribing a one-size-fits-most pill.