Every individual has a unique ebb and flow of hormones.
Whether you’re a young woman with PCOS, ferility concerns, endometriosis, in the throws of perimenopause, or are postmenopausal let one of our experts do a thorough analysis of your hormones, and get to the root of your health concerns.
Common Concerns that our patients seek help for:
PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome
PCOS is characterized by:
-Elevated male hormones known as androgens (this may present as excessive male pattern body and facial hair growth, male pattern baldness or acne).
-Poorly controlled blood sugar and elevated insulin levels or insulin resistance.
-Multiple immature follicles may surround the ovaries, affecting their ability to function.
Endometriosis is characterized by endometrial tissue being found outside the uterine cavity. This condition can cause painful periods, cramping, painful intercourse and/or infertility
As your menstrual cycle becomes less regular and you begin to transition into menopause, you may experience hot flashes, mood swings, memory issues and sleep disturbances.
After cycles have ceased, osteoporosis and cardiovascular prevention become important. Your ND may look at hormone metabolites, bone density and cholesterol level.
Hormones can be tested through blood, saliva (https://www.rmalab.com/our-tests/hormone-testing) or urine (https://dutchtest.com/). Each type of testing provides a unique picture of hormone levels and metabolites and holds value in tailoring our approach to your case. Balance may be achieved through dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine or acupuncture.
A Preventative Approach to Optimizing the Health of Your Family Right From the Start.
As you start to think about expanding your family it is important to think about how to maximize your health. The most powerful thing you can do to ensure your baby’s health is to make sure your health is optimal.
Physiologically, eggs take about 100 days to mature and sperm take up to 116 days to generate. During this growth and development phase eggs and sperm are susceptible to nutrient deficiencies and toxicities (ex. Environmental toxins). Therefore, the health of both parents at least four months (or longer) prior to conception is important and ideal. There are many things you can do regularly to improve your health during this period: the preconception stage.
Certain steps can be taken to optimize your health outcomes and pregnancy health outcomes. At Insight Naturopathic Clinic we provide health promotion, screening and interventions for women and men to reduce risk factors that may affect future pregnancies. We implement certain care and support systems which allow women and their families to become healthier. All these are implemented to increase the chances of healthy conception, pregnancy, birth and baby; provide alternatives or work with ART procedures (IUI, IVF, ET), improve general health and energy, help older parents or those with diagnosed fertility problems and help you gain Insight into fertility and your body. For more information about Fertility & Preconception care contact us at Insight Naturopathic Clinic at 416-322-9980.