Healthy Hormones, Healthy Body!
PMS and Menstrual Concerns
Do you dread when “that time of month” comes around?
If so, you may have a hormonal imbalance that is causing unpleasant symptoms during the pre-menstrual or shedding portion of your cycle. Premenstrual syndrome also known as PMS, is a group of symptoms that start one to two weeks before the period. Most women have at least one or two symptoms of PMS which goes away after their period starts. The most common ones are: Irritability, anxiety, depression, headache, fatigue or excessive tiredness, feelings of hostility and anger, and food cravings, especially for chocolate or sweet and salty foods. Breast tenderness and bloating are also common in women during PMS. Though these symptoms are common, that does not make them normal. If you are like many suffers, you have likely surfed the internet, looking for a way to relieve yourself of them and now feel more confused then you did before.
If you experience unpleasant menstrual-related concerns and are unsure of what the right approach or combination of approaches is for you, then let our Naturopathic Doctors help! We have long standing experience treating women with menstrual concerns and can review up-to-date natural treatment options that are effective and gentle to help you to feel your best, all month long.
The Importance Of A Complete Assessment
What is at the root of your pre-menstrual symptoms? Is it an underlying gyenecological condition (e.g. ovarian cysts, endometriosis), a genetic predisposition, nutritional deficiency or related to acute or chronic stress? Our Naturopathic Doctors will identify any predisposing or associated issues by starting with a complete health and lifestyle assessment. They will also advise you on the most relevant blood work or laboratory testing required to uncover any associated nutritional deficiencies, biochemical or hormonal imbalances. If additional testing is indicated over and above what you have already had done, they will advise you accordingly. This testing may a comprehensive hormone analysis through the blood or urine. The pro’s and con’s of each will be discussed.
A Customized Treatment Plan
Once the core issues effecting your natural hormone balance have been identified, your naturopathic doctor will formulate a treatment plan for you that includes one or a combination of the following naturopathic treatments:
- Stress management and lifestyle changes
- Diet and Nutrition
- Vitamins and natural supplementation
- Herbal medicine
- Bioidentical Hormones
Follow up appointments will be scheduled re-assess progress and labs as needed. Regular modifications to your plan along with continual support and encouragement will be provided to help you to acheive long lasting hormone regulation.
The benefits of balancing your hormones naturally often include an improved sense of mental wellness, increased energy levels, period regularity, better skin health, decreased PMS, optimal weight and more effective stress management skills . Don’t waste another day not feeling your best! Make an appointment or free consult and we will help to get you on the path to better health.
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