We help both men and women with a wide variety of hormonal conditions. Hormones are signaling molecules that maintain equilibrium and regulate metabolism, and therefore, dictate whether the body is in a state of growth or breakdown. This page is dedicated to the hormones we commonly think of in reference to the reproductive system (there are several hormonal systems addressed on other pages, such as the thyroid, adrenal, bone-related and cardiometabolic. For women, the main reproductive hormones are estrogen and progesterone. For men, it’s mainly testosterone. However, men and women require all three of these sex steroid hormones in varying proportions. There is a constant symphony of hormonal interactions and modifying one hormone always affects the entire web.
Hormonal imbalances and fertility issues are on the rise in the modern world and in younger people. Many factors contribute to this, including poor diet, chronic stress, sedentary lifestyles, endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure, EMF exposure, sleep disturbances, and lack of sunlight/nature/community. Luckily, many of these factors are in our control, and once identified, we can usually reverse their effects. Many hormone conditions respond to specific diet, herbal, mind-body, supplement, and medication protocols, each depending on the individual. Especially amenable to these protocols are PCOS, amenorrhea, endometriosis, irregular periods, PMS, low libido (male or female), and low testosterone.
Menopause is the cessation of a woman’s period and occurs, on average, at 51 years old. Perimenopause is the time surrounding menopause (beginning as early as 10 years before menopause occurs) and ranges widely from patient to patient. In some, perimenopause goes unnoticed, while others experience severe discomfort. Many methods can help you get through a difficult perimenopausal period, depending on your needs. These include lifestyle change, mind-body techniques, herbs, acupuncture, and bio-identical hormones. Even if not experiencing perimenopausal discomfort, certain conditions or family histories (ie: Alzheimer’s disease) can indicate benefit from the use of bioidentical hormones during this period. Each technique is considered in creating your Personalized Wellness Plan.
Andropause is the decline in testosterone that can occur later in a man’s life, generally starting around age 40 and accelerating into the 50’s and 60’s. Similar to menopause, this transition might go completely unnoticed or can cause severe discomfort. Depending on the age of occurrence and the personal experience, there are a number of interventions that can improve one’s situation, including lifestyle change, supplements and herbs, medications, bioidentical hormone replacement, or others.