Female Hormone Test
A FHP profile test determines levels of hormones in both pre- and post-menopausal women. Hormone balances can lead to a number of conditions like infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and uterine fibroids. Analysis of hormones can help determine treatment for hormone irregularities, which can help counteract these negative effects.
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Hormone Imbalance Symptoms
Imbalances in hormones can be caused by numerous environmental factors. Stress, poor nutrition, and a lack of proper exercise contribute to declining levels of hormones in the female body. Regardless of age, hormones within a woman’s body must work together for proper function. If your hormones are off, it can make a dramatic difference in your quality of life. There are a plethora of symptoms associated with hormone imbalances. All women should be aware of these common symptoms of an imbalance.
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Low Libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Foggy Memory
In post-menopausal women, these symptoms can be debilitating. Menopause marks a time in a woman’s life when the ovaries cease the release of eggs and produce lower levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen. A lack of either of these essential hormones can create an imbalance. It’s not uncommon for post-menopausal women to experience many of the symptoms mentioned above to a great degree. The Menopause Profile can help both pre- and post-menopausal women measure their hormone levels.
Hormone Imbalance Causes
Hormone imbalances can affect both men and women. However, the symptoms of such imbalances can be uniquely distressing to women, such as irregular menstrual cycles and excessive facial hair. Stress is a common cause of hormone imbalances as mental factors have been proven to have a powerful impact on physical health. As stress floods the body with adrenal hormones, other hormones can begin to fluctuate. Prolonged stress can have damaging effects on the mind and body.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is also associated with hormone imbalances in women. It is characterized by symptoms such as weight gain, infertility, and menstrual irregularities, it affects nearly 10 percent of all women. Thyroid disease can also be to blame for hormone irregularities. The thyroid gland can be directly affected by various disorders that either increase or decrease the production of the thyroid hormone. This can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, heat intolerance, and sleeplessness.
Hormone Imbalance Treatment
Restoring hormonal imbalance is essential for a better quality of life and wellbeing. At Vitalia Healthcare in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of Naturopathic services to help you better cope with your imbalance. We start by performing a hormone profile which will determine your levels of hormones and better enable us to recommend a treatment plan that will mesh well with your lifestyle and current health. It’s also important to determine the cause of the hormonal imbalance. As hormonal imbalances have a direct impact on a woman’s fertility, sex drive and mood, finding the cause is essential in order to keep her hormones in balance long-term.
For women in menopause, bio-identical natural hormone replacement can restore the balance of hormones needed to treat menopausal symptoms and prevent signs of aging. Hormones are vital to keeping our skin looking youthful. Natural Bio-HRT can prevent wrinkles and sagging skin typically seen as hormone levels decline. At Vitalia Health Care, our naturopathic doctors are trained and licensed to prescribe natural bio –identical hormone therapy.
What you eat can negatively impact your hormones. A diet of junk food, high amounts of carbohydrates, soy products, caffeine, and other factors can have a hazardous effect on your body as a whole. At our Vancouver facility, we offer Nutrition and Dietary Counseling, which includes getting you to eat more nutritious, balanced meals. Meal planning can also be taught to meet your specific health needs and to heal imbalances through the foods you eat.
To schedule your Hormone Profile or to talk with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff about the services we provide here at Vitalia Healthcare, don’t hesitate to call us today at 1-604-566-WELL (9355).