What Are Hormones?
Hormones are little chemicals in the body and so much of our health depends on proper hormone balance. Hormones can help us feel happy and great, or have us feel frustrated and suffering. If the latter sounds like you, I am a great person to talk to regarding assessing your hormones, and coming up with a plan of action to restore balance.
Imbalances in hormones can cause a wide variety of symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, depression acne, low libido, irregular periods, ovarian cysts or fibroids, painful periods, weight changes, PMS, tender or fibrocystic breasts, heavy periods, hot flashes, and much more.
In order to properly address imbalances, all hormones and how they interact with each other are taken into consideration. I always look at thyroid function and adrenal function when someone comes in with sex hormone imbalances, as these are all linked and depend on each other to be balanced.
To determine your hormonal needs, I will thoroughly evaluate your symptoms and use comprehensive bloodwork and functional testing (such as the DUTCH steroid hormone test) to get a baseline level and understand how you process and metabolize your hormones. Based on the results, we will then come up with a treatment plan to support healthy hormone production and balance, which might include supplements, herbs, acupuncture, or bioidentical hormone therapy.
What Is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT)?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones that are bioidentical to the hormones in our body vs bio-similar or synthetic hormones used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT). For many women, bioidentical hormones can improve quality of life, support fertility, replenish low hormone levels, and decrease symptoms of hormonal imbalances.