Integrated Gynecology and Women’s Health
We unite traditional gynecology, clinical nutrition and complementary and alternative medicine to offer the following services:
- Office Gynecology including Pap smears and Colposcopy
- PMS Evaluation and Management
- Recurrent Yeast Infections
- Management of Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Dysmenorrhea, Uterine Fibroids, Fibrocystic Disease of the Breast, Endometriosis, Osteoporosis, Vulvodynia
- Individualized Menopause Management
- Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement with the direct cooperation and advice of compound pharmacists
- Thyroflex: a quick non invasive in-office test to diagnosed subclinical thyroid dysfunction
Bioidentical Hormones for Women
Estrogen is a woman’s most important hormone. Without Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, the loss of estrogen puts her at increased risk for premature ovary failure, osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, tooth loss, impaired vision, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes. The longer a woman is without the protection of her own estrogen, the greater the risk for serious health consequences of these conditions.
There are estrogen receptors in a variety of organs throughout the body and brain. That’s why hormonal imbalance produces different symptoms such as loss of skin elasticity, bone shrinkage, and mood or cognitive decline. On the other hand, when estrogen levels rise as they do in the first week of the menses, their overall effect is to increase the amount of serotonin available in the spaces between the brain’s nerve cells, which improves mood. Within the brain, estrogen may in fact act as a natural antidepressant and mood stabilizer. It is therefore essential that a woman suffering from premature ovary failure or surgical menopause receive treatment from a BHRT physician who understands the many ramifications of the disease and is willing and able to meet her endocrine and emotional needs.
Menopause and Perimenopause
Natural menopause is a condition that every healthy woman will experience as she reaches middle age, typically between the ages of 35-59. It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted.
Perimenopause describes the time when a woman’s body transitions from her fertile, child-bearing years into middle age. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production. There are many symptoms that women, who are going through menopause and perimenopause, experience. However, every woman’s experience is different.
They often experience a combination of some, if not all of the following symptoms:
Hot flashes: Are a very common symptom for women as they enter menopause. They can be experienced during the day and or at night. The estrogen levels produced by the ovaries decrease during this time and the surging waves of heat in the daytime cause flushed red skin. Hot flashes during the night can result in sudden rushes of heat waves causing intense sweating.
Night sweats: Are usually more intense than hot flashes and women can experience symptoms ranging from server to mild all with varied duration periods. Depending on the intensity night sweats, it can be accompanied by chills, nausea, headaches or an irregular heartbeat. This, thus, causes disruption in sleep patterns.
Irritability/Mood swings: Are a result of an intense imbalance of hormones greatly affecting the level of Serotonin in the brain which is responsible for the stability of emotions. Estrogen has direct influence on the amount of Serotonin produced. Mood swings and depression can be experienced due to the drops in Estrogen levels that are responsible for production of serotonin the mood regulating hormone in the brain. It is a state of sadness, foggy thinking, fluctuation of appetite, loss of sleep and feelings that produce thoughts of suicide.
Loss of Libido: Is the decrease in the desire to be sexually active. The drop in Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone levels are the hormones responsible for lower energy and decreased sex drive. Arousal and orgasm are still possible, yet the hormonal imbalance that occurs during this shift into menopause can cause the vaginal wall to become dry and irritated further exacerbating the lack of desire to be sexual. All of which can have a psychological impact as well.
Vaginal Dryness: Estrogen is the hormone that helps create an environment in the vagina that is moist and the vaginal wall is thick and elastic. During menopause the levels of estrogen decrease which causes thinning of the vaginal walls resulting in less lubrication and elasticity, which can increase irritation, itching and pain resulting in a decrease desire to engage in intercourse.
Insomnia: Is a symptom and is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep for a long enough time to feel rested and rejuvenated. Night sweats or other accompanied symptoms of menopause such as bizarre dreams, or incontinence can contribute to the insomnia.
This is just a short list and description of the most common symptoms women often experience through perimenopause and menopause. Because there is a large number of symptoms women experience, it is usually best to bring each of your symptoms up to your physician to be reviewed and discussed.
Perimenopause and Menopause treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms as well as preventing or lessening chronic conditions that may occur with ageing.
Clinical Nutrition Consultation and Evaluation for:
- Healthy Living and Longevity
- Optimal Nutrition and Lifestyle changes
- Mood Disorders
- Prevention of Osteoporosis
- Reduction of Cholesterol
- Improvement of Digestion/Chronic Constipation
- Metabolic Syndrome/Pre-Diabetes
- Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Ultra Lite: The Professional Health and Weight Management Program
The Ultra Lite Program we offer provides you with the necessary amounts of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids in proper balance. This ensures good health and well-being as you lose weight.