Balancing hormones is an integral part of a complete health care plan.
Serious hormone imbalances can occur at any age, and often present with some or many of the symptoms listed below, but the most common time for things to go off the rails is during the perimenopausal period, and into menopause. Perimenopause can be a much longer time than most realize, sometimes lasting 10-15 year, and beginning even when your periods are still regular. Getting treatment started early helps prevent a much more difficult menopausal transition later on.
If you have any of the following symptoms of conditions, your hormones are out of balance and you would benefit from naturopathic assessment and treatment to regain your balance.
An integral part of the hormone picture is proper thyroid function. There are many reasons that your thyroid could be malfunctioning, it is an increasingly common health concern that has huge impact on your quality of life. One reason for a decrease in thyroid function that is not often talked about is estrogen and progesterone imbalances. Both high estrogen levels and low progesterone increase levels of “thyroid binding globulin”, which means that circulating thyroid hormones decrease and hypothyroid symptoms appear. Research has also shown that increasing progesterone levels helps assimilate thyroid hormones into cells.
Naturopathic Doctors are the ideal practitioners to evaluate and treat your dysfunctional thyroid. We will do a complete blood test that looks at much more than your standard TSH (which misses a great deal of thyroid problems) and offer treatment that will actually help relieve your symptoms.
Common Hypothyroid Symptoms:
Testing & Treatment
Hormones may be tested through blood (serum), saliva or urine, based on your symptoms and when (if) you are menstruating. We may test before treatment and after to ensure you are reaching healthy hormone levels. Your thyroid status will be evaluated using symptoms as well as comprehensive blood testing that your GP is unable to order for you.
Once we have your baseline levels we will begin treating you in a holistic way. We will look at your diet and lifestyle, and make suggestions for nutritional and herbal medicines that can have a significant impact on rebalancing your hormones. At times using bio-identical hormones is necessary to reach your health goals, these are safe and very effective treatments that can help regain the symptom free body you remember.
Thyroid hormone treatment options range from nutritional support to prescription medications, we often prescribe natural desiccated thyroid, which contains a mix of T4 and T3 and sometimes use a custom compounded mix of Synthroid and Cytomel to get you feeling better.
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