|Hormonal imbalance refers to a disruption in the normal level of hormones produced in our body by our adrenals, ovaries, or thyroid gland. These hormonal systems are interrelated and oftentimes an imbalance in one can offset the balance of the other, leading to a broad range of symptoms. How does this happen?
Our hormones play a major role in our body and effect how we look, feel, and function. Life stressors from working long hours, taking care of the family, commuting, poor sleep, unhealthy eating habits, environmental toxins and other forms of physical and emotional stress can disrupt our natural hormone balance leading to fatigue, menstrual irregularities, having difficulty losing weight, mood changes, or simply not feeling like yourself.
Do you have one or more of the following symptoms?
If you answered yes to any of the above symptoms, you may be experiencing hormonal imbalance related to menopause, perimenopause, andropause or low testosterone syndrome, PMS, adrenal fatigue,
hypothyroid, or blood sugar disregulations.
- Weight gain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Poor memory/concentration
- Mood changes
- Frequent/chronic infections
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Cravings for sweets/carbs
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Reduced Libido
- Vaginal Dryness
- Excess facial or body hair
- Menstrual irregularities
- Aches and pains
- Thinning Hair
- Dry Skin
- Decreased Muscle Mass/Strength
No matter what symptoms you are experiencing, we will determine the underlying cause of your natural hormone imbalance
and restore your hormones to optimal levels with our effective personalized health plan.
Our Treatment program is created to address each individual patientís needs. We recognize that each patient has a unique set of risk factors based on his/her family history, diet and lifestyle, past medical history, and other current medical conditions for which he/she is undergoing treatment.
Our Personalized Health Plan includes:
Determining Your Hormonal Needs
- Comprehensive Health Intake by a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor specializing in natural hormone therapy
- Physical Exam
- Lab Evaluation
- Blood and/or Saliva Hormone Testing
- Customized Treatment and Prevention Plan
- Continual monitoring and evaluation of symptoms
Disruptions in hormone levels from hormonal imbalance can result in any of the above symptoms.
To investigate further we utilize specific tests that measure your
individual hormone levels in order to create a personalized health plan tailored to your needs. Testing is as easy as a simple blood test or saliva sample.
Testing: Saliva vs. Serum
When it comes to testing hormones we utilize both saliva and serum depending on the particular hormone being measured and the
route of hormone administration during hormone therapy (i.e. oral, sublingual, transdermal, etc.).
Advantages of saliva testing:
• Measures bioavailable, active hormone levels
• Measures effectiveness of topical hormones (serum tests grossly
Advantages of Serum testing:
• Measures effectiveness of oral hormones
• More representative of systemic tissue levels of hormones than saliva
following sublingual hormone supplementation (saliva tests grossly
• Measures larger molecules (e.g. thyroid hormones)
Holistic Treatment and Prevention Plan
Our approach to treatment involves a three-step process moving from more gentle treatment to more supportive measures depending on the needs of each individual.
STEP 1: Diet and Lifestyle
Through our experience, we have found that supporting the body naturally with diet and lifestyle modifications and nutritional supplementation is all that is needed
to bring the body back to a state of balance.
STEP 2: Botanical Therapy
We utilize specific herbs that have been researched and studied for their medicinal benefits for the treatment of symptoms related to hormonal imbalance. Botanical therapy for natural hormone replacement is very effective and many patients can comfortably control their symptoms and feel great on STEPS 1 and 2 alone.
STEP 3: Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
When more support is needed, especially for those with increased risk of osteoporosis, heart disease and for those patients that need extra support in controlling their symptoms, natural hormone replacement therapy may be the best option.
Confused about Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy?
You’re not alone…read on to get answers to your most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are identical to the hormones produced naturally in our body. They share the same chemical structure as human hormones and are referred to as 'natural ' for this reason.
What are the differences between natural and synthetic hormones?
Natural hormones are derived from soy or wild yam and modified in the lab to mimic the hormones in our body. Synthetic hormones come from plant or animal sources and are synthesized in a lab to be similar to but not exactly the same as our own hormones. Synthetic hormones are made to be different in order for drug companies to patent them. Since they are patentable there have been more studies on them evaluating the risks and benefits associated with their use.
Are natural hormones safer than synthetic hormones?
The slight difference in structure of synthetic hormones has a significant effect on their metabolism and action at receptor sites and maybe responsible for their negative side effects. The large clinical trials studying the effects of synthetic estrogen and progestin have shown increased risk of stroke, breast cancer, heart attack, and blood clots. Since bioidentical hormones are not as profitable as their conventional counterparts, there have been few large, well-designed studies to evaluate the risks and benefits of bio-HRT. However, the results of studies that have looked at bio-HRT thus far do not appear to show the same side effect profile as conventional HRT and therefore they are considered safer.
Currently the exact risks of BHRT are not fully investigated, so it is best to give the lowest effective dose for the shortest amount of time. Individualized dosing by compounding pharmacies makes this possible by allowing the practitioner to choose the specific dose and form of hormones most appropriate for each individual. Synthetic hormones on the other hand lack this advantage since they are manufactured in a one-size-fits-all dose, making it difficult to adjust treatment over time.
How long will I be on hormone therapy?
There is no set amount of time that an individual will be on hormone therapy. It depends on how well you have managed other factors contributing to your hormonal balance such as diet, stress, sleep and exercise. For those individuals who need the extra support in addition to diet and lifestyle modification and nutritional and botanical therapy, we prescribe bioidentical hormone therapy at the lowest effective dose and for the shortest amount of time necessary to rebalance hormone levels and provide relief from symptoms.
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