Hormone Optimization

Hormones are the communicators in our bodies and when they aren’t working properly our bodies are not able to perform at it’s best!

If you are experiencing any of the following, you may have a hormone Imbalance.

Menopause is the absence of menstruation for 1 year or more.  Symptoms may start 10 years before full menopause and often start as early as the 30s. We call this time frame “Perimenopause”. We check for hormone levels and address the problems that may arise with this change of life.

Symptoms of Menopause may include:

  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • weight changes
  • trouble sleeping
  • irritability
  • vaginal dryness
Irregular menstrual cycles

Irregular menstrual cycles are a good indication that hormones are not balanced.  Irregular cycles can be infrequent periods, heavy periods, periods that last weeks or even months or spotting between periods.

Common causes of irregular periods are:

  • thyroid problems
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or Disease (PCOS or PCOD)
  • fibroids or polyps
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is the most common hormone problem affecting 5-10%  of women who are of child-bearing age. Pros is often misunderstood by both doctors and patients, therefore it is often misdiagnosed or untreated. Untreated PCOS may lead to   heart disease, diabetes, obesity and infertility.

Symptoms of PCOS may include:

  • irregular periods
  • heavy periods
  • difficulty getting pregnant
  • weight gain
  • difficulty losing weight
  • acne
  • unwanted hair growth

Andropause is the male equivalent of Menopause. It refers to the absence or decline in the male hormone testosterone. Hormone fluctuations are often caused by stress.

Symptoms may include the following:

  • fatigue
  • depression
  • irritability
  • aches and pains
  • reduced sexual interest
  • enjoyment and/or performance
  • reduced muscle strength
  • increased risk of chronic degenerative disease.
Thyroid Health

More than any other hormone, the thyroid hormone is most responsible for improvement in energy and reducing fatigue. You’re thyroid regulates your temperature, metabolism, hormones and brain function. We focus on all components of good thyroid health.  Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) signal from the brain to tell thyroid to work; Free T4 – inactive form of thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland in your neck; Free T3 – active form of thyroid hormone; and antibodies, TPO and TgAB.  We also check for Reverse T3 when needed to insure proper utilization of thyroid hormones.

Adrenal Health

Adrenals are your battery!  They are affected by chronic stress, illnesses and infections. Cortisol is one of the main hormones in the adrenals.  Elevated levels of cortisol at night –can cause trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.  Low adrenal function during the entire day may cause one to have “chronic fatigue”. We test adrenal function with salivary 4 x Cortisol levels.  We also get DHEA and Pregnenolone levels.  If we find very low Cortisol we get additional testing to rule out viral or bacterial infections.

Integrative Health Group focuses on the following Hormone Optimization Solutions to help you feel your BEST!

Blood and/or Salivary Testing
Bio-Identical Hormone Treatments
Stress Management
Exercise & Nutrition

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