Most of us are struggling with some sort of hormonal imbalance, but we are often told our symptoms are normal because it has become so common
What are Hormones?
Hormones are your body’s chemical messenger system and are involved in almost every process in the body. They determine growth and development, metabolism, ability to conceive, weight, skin health, period health, blood sugar regulation, sexual function, mood, and much much more. The truth is your hormones are an essential component to the way your body functions, your overall health, and how you feel.
Unfortunately, in our modern world, our hormones have come under attack. The foods we eat and the air we breathe exposes us to a myriad of chemicals that disrupt our endocrine system, which has caused widespread hormonal imbalance. The incidence of hormonal conditions have increased exponentially in recent years. Conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, infertility, hypothyroidism, low testosterone, hormone-sensitive cancers, and more are on the rise. Most of us are struggling with some sort of hormonal imbalance, but we are often told our symptoms are normal because it has become so common.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
Common symptoms of hormonal imbalance include the following:
Irregular menstrual cycles, or absence of menstrual cycles
Bleeding or spotting between periods
Body hair growth
Weight gain or loss
Chronic pelvic pain or painful periods
Inability or difficulty conceiving
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, there are options available to you for treatment before these symptoms progress. As well, if you’ve been struggling with PCOS, endometriosis, hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, weight loss resistance, low testosterone, fertility concerns, diabetes, acne, or menopause, there are natural therapies that may be of benefit to you.
Hormones & Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine excels at identifying and treating hormone imbalance, that often slip through the cracks of Canadian conventional medical care. When it comes to hormone imbalance, the goal of treatment is to identify the root cause of your hormonal imbalance, remove environmental obstacles to health, correct internal imbalances within the body, and prevent long-term health risks associated with hormone dysfunction. Naturopathic medicine uses a whole-body approach, meaning we consider all physical, social, and environmental contributors to health. Naturopathic medicine also employs the use of herbs, supplements, and nutritional counselling to help treat your hormone imbalance with causing the least amount of side effects, and without putting you on potentially harmful pharmaceuticals.
If you think you might be struggling with hormonal imbalance, and are considering naturopathic treatment, here is a rough outline what to expect.
What To Expect
Month 1: Initial Appointment, 1.5 hours minutes in length:
Your first naturopathic appointment is often the longest
This is when we discuss your case in depth. We will complete a thorough social, physical, and environmental health assessment, and identify any barriers to hormone health.
We will run a full assessment including physical exams and diagnostic testing. We will requisition lab work to get a baseline of where your general health and hormones are at. Lab work is also used in tandem with your initial health assessment to identify, provide, and/or rule out a formal diagnosis.
We will discuss all of your treatment options, including cost, frequency, and rationale
You will be sent home with an environmental impact questionnaire, to assess your level of environmental exposure.
An initial treatment plan will be provided to get you started on your road to recovery
You will also receive customized nutritional guidelines to ensure foundational health support is in place
Month 2: First Follow-Up Appointment, 45-60 minutes in length:
We review your lab results together, so you fully understand how your body is functioning
We will go through an even more detailed, and customized treatment plan that is specific to your physiological needs and based upon your symptoms and lab results
This is the point where we start tracking your progress. Hormonal imbalances can often take anywhere from 3-9 months to treat.
Months 4-9: Second, Third, & Fourth Follow-Up Appointments, 45 minutes in length:
Every two months of customized treatment, we reassess your progress, and reevaluate your goals
We troubleshoot any problems you might be having with treatment or compliance with treatment
We often tweak treatment as needed based on your results. We formulate treatment to further propel you towards your health goals.
By 6-9 months, our goal is that you are feeling much better at this point, and you no longer need us!
We provide you with long-term strategies to help you manage your health on your own, and prevent your risk of future disease
Of course, we can’t guarantee results or how you will respond to treatment. Most patients do feel better by 6-9 months, however some people take longer, whereas others feel better even sooner. Our ultimate goal is that you don’t have to keep seeing us! We aim to have you feeling your best within 4-6 appointments. At this point, we begin to schedule bi-annual to annual check ups to ensure you’re staying on track, and continuing to feel your best.
If you’re suffering from hormone dysfunction, our hormone support team is here to help answer your questions and provide safe, effective care. If you would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us or book a complimentary 15 minute meet-and-greet with one of our practitioners.