Female Hormone Concerns
Female hormone concerns are some of the most common issues that we deal with in our clinic. There are many different hormonal problems that can be addressed with a holistic approach. The approach is simple. We need to examine hormonal imbalance from the perspective of how the body produces and breaks down hormones in a natural manner and then look to find out why the body is no longer doing this and then support the body in a way so as to allow the body to heal and restore normal balance.
The manufacture and degradation of hormones needs to be examined and the systems responsible for these processes need to be supported. The liver and the adrenal glands deserve particular attention. The liver is responsible for the breakdown and elimination of sex hormones such as estrogen. The ratio of estrogen to progesterone is particularly important and these hormones can be measured using either blood or saliva. The ratio must be properly balanced for optimum health. The rate of production and the rate of hormonal degradation must be balanced. Improving the detoxification pathways of the liver and optimizing and supporting the adrenal glands are essential.
Proper hormone metabolism is also of paramount importance as you could have normal “free” levels of hormones but have negative breakdown, which could be leading to your symptoms. Customary testing would miss these imbalances, as they do not look for the intermediates in metabolism. Proper ratios are necessary for over health and disease prevention especially that of female cancers.
The Doctors at Gateway Natural Medicine have spent countless hours researching the best techniques and timing for measuring female hormones. Blood, saliva and urinary testing are all utilized in our clinic depending on the patient’s case.
The ultimate goal is not to supplement with hormone on a long term basis, but to help balance the bodies systems that would normally regulate itself.
With many common female health care concerns, hormones lie at the root of the problem. Now ladies, we know that hormones tend to get blamed for just about everything, and how many times have you heard “it’s just your hormones, don’t worry.” We feel that women have heard this so often that they assume that hormonal problems are just something they have to put up with and that there is no relief to be had. Often times, this is exactly the option we are given by our medical providers.
There is definitely more to hormones than you have been lead to believe, and there certainly are ways of evaluating and treating hormonal fluctuations that may be to blame for many conditions such as: irregular periods, infertility, menopause, and menstrual pain. The key is a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of what the specific hormone imbalance is. We have easy ways to evaluate hormone levels to better understand your body’s cycle. Without evaluating your body’s hormone levels, prescribing a treatment is simply guessing. Many women are placed on birth control pills to regulate cycles without any knowledge of what hormonal irregularities are causing the problem or women are given hormone replacement as soon as they begin to show signs of menopause, assuming that lack of hormones is the problem.
Once we understand what is going on with your hormones, we can tailor a treatment program using a natural approach. This way you can avoid many of the negative side effects of pharmaceutical hormone therapies.
So don’t assume that your hormones are just something you have to live with, let us help.