Women's hormonal health

  • Education and socioeconomic status are directly linked to health. In Canada only 30% of women 45-64 who had not completed secondary school reported themselves as healthy vs 73% of those who had obtained a university degree.
  • PMS affects approximately 85% of women leading to irritability, cramping, acne, breast tenderness, bloating, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, etc; 3-8% of women experience sever PMS that is often termed PMDD and leads to severe symptoms which disrupt normal daily activities.
  • PCOS affects 5-10% of women often leading to irregular periods, insulin resistance/obesity, cysts on the ovaries and infertility problems.
  • Infertility is defined as an inability to get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. It occurs in 12%-16% of women age 15-44 years old.
  • Causes of infertility are typically 30% male related, 40% female related, 20% both female and male factors involved and 10% unknown.
  • Infertility has doubled in frequency since the 1980’s.
  • Menopause generally occurs between 45-55 years old and is defined as cessation of the menstrual period for one year or more. Common symptoms associated with menopause are hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, irritability, weight gain, pain with intercourse and weight gain.
  • Hormones such as estrogen directly affect both immune system and neurotransmitters.

A healthy baby for an “infertile” couple

Kimberly was 33 years old when she came to me after her third miscarriage.

Understandably she was upset and confused as to why she could not carry a pregnancy. She was relatively healthy, following a whole food, nutrient dense diet and getting regular exercise. Both she and her husband had been through all the tests and were both diagnosed with the often bittersweet diagnosis of “normal.”

I sent Kimberly for some additional testing to determine if I could see some “abnormal” in her “normal” values. I also referred her for support through therapy, as anyone who has been through this knows it is tough, to say the least. While we awaited labs I supported Kimberly with some specific nutrition advice and general supplements of 5-MTHF (active folic acid), oils and some homeopathic medicines.

When the lab results returned we found some values that were “normal” but not optimal, which I find quite often occurs with patients. We focused support on optimizing the values and balancing hormones with herbs, homeopathics and oils.

Two months after starting all the support Kimberly found out she was pregnant. We monitored closely the first 12 weeks, getting regular labs and continuing on supplement support. Kimberly did really well through her pregnancy and labor and now is the proud mamma of a healthy, beautiful little girl.

-Dr. Nina Lewis-Larsson

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