Do You Have a Hormonal Imbalance?
Do you have a hormone imbalance?
When you think about hormones and hormonal imbalances most people associate them with puberty, reproduction/fertility, and menopause. The truth is hormones and hormonal imbalances can contribute to a wide range of seemingly unrelated symptoms from insomnia, weight gain, brain fog, skin conditions, hair loss, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and stress.
What are hormones and what do they do?
Hormones are a part of a complex cascade that signal other parts of the body what to do. They stimulate or inhibit growth, regulate our metabolism, regulate our circadian rhythm, let us know when we’re hungry and give us our fight or flight response. When our hormones are working and delivering the right messages at the right time we have improved moods, feel better, experience increased cognition and sexual function.
What can influence my hormones?
How to test Hormones?
As a naturopathic doctor we use innovative and thorough hormone assessments that can help look at a broader picture of hormone pathways and metabolism. Hormones are dynamic, constantly being produced and used at a steady rate by your body. Therefore, hormone testing must reflect the changing nature of your hormones in order to determine potential imbalances. Hormones can be tested using either serum, saliva, or urine.
Serum/Blood testing: Most commonly used across all medical professionals, best for pituitary hormones (LH, FSH etc.) and metabolic hormones (thyroids, insulin etc.). The downside it provides a snapshot in time and can miss underlying disorders.
Saliva testing: Can assess cortisol, DHEA, estradiol, testosterone, and progesterone.
Urine testing: The most advanced way of hormone testing available providing information on progesterone, cortisol, androgens and estrogen with the added layer of metabolites which can help diagnose underlying disorders. This in my opinion, is the best way to go but we determine what makes sense for you based on our budget, history and health goals.
Book an initial appointment to determine the most appropriate testing to address your health concerns and goals.