Get in the driver’s seat and reclaim your body’s natural rhythm. I can help with menstrual issues, PCOS, fertility, postpartum issues, menopause, pelvic floor imbalances and more. Let’s get you feeling alive, sexy, and strong.
Hypothyroidism affects millions of Americans, most of whom are women. The majority of cases are caused by an autoimmune condition known as Hashimoto’s, a disease in which the immune system begins to attack the body’s own thyroid gland. I therefore use both thyroid-supporting as well as immune-balancing approaches when caring for patients affected by hypothyroidism.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:
- Brain fog or poor memory
- Difficulty losing weight or unexplained weight gain
- Dry skin and/or brittle nails
- Thinning hair or shortening of eyebrows
- Depression and mood imbalances
- Feeling cold all the time
- Heavy or irregular menses
- High cholesterol levels
Hyperthyroidism refers to a state in which the thyroid is over-functioning. This often happens in an autoimmune condition known as Grave’s Disease. Although it’s less common than hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is a serious condition that if left untreated can cause a heart attack and other serious complications. For this reason, I manage hyperthyroidism very mindfully and thoroughly.
The adrenal glands sit above the kidneys and produce, among other things, a stress hormone known as cortisol. The more demand and stress the body is under, the harder the adrenal glands work and the more cortisol they produce. When these glands are worked too hard for too long, however, they become tired and work inefficiently. This state is often referred to as adrenal fatigue.
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Difficulty waking in the morning
- Afternoon fatigue and possible dependence on coffee, chocolate, and energy drinks
- Difficulty falling asleep, or feeling “tired but wired”
- Craving sugar, salt, or fat
- Frequent colds and illness
- Low libido
- Increased PMS and menopausal symptoms
- Irritability, anxiety, and/or feeling very stressed out
- Inability to cope with stress
- Difficulty losing weight (especially for “apple-shaped” people)
- High blood sugar levels
Like conventional hormone replacement therapy, bio-identical hormone therapy (bHRT or bHT) addresses hormonal imbalances by providing the body with estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and/or testosterone.
bHRT is useful in managing complaints associated with perimenopause and menopause. It is also essential in restoring hormonal balance in women who have undergone hysterectomy or who are struggling with primary ovarian insufficiency (formerly called premature ovarian failure), PCOS, infertility, and menstrual irregularities.
Bio-identical hormone preparations are biochemically similar to the hormones made naturally in the body. Many patients report fewer side effects when taking bio-identical preparations versus conventional hormone therapy. Numerous studies have also associated bio-identical hormones with better outcomes when it comes to cardiovascular disease, breast cancer risk, and other adverse effects as compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Although many of us consider a monthly period to be a nuisance, it’s actually a healthy, natural, and normal sign of good health to bleed monthly. Short cycles, frequent periods, heavy periods, painful periods, and skipped periods are all signs that the body is out of balance.
Properly supporting the body to produce the right hormones during the right times of the month helps not only with menstrual concerns, but also with mood, energy, libido, bone density, fertility, and even creativity.
Using the birth control pill to regulate the period is a band-aid approach – one that congests the liver with synthetic hormones and increases the risk of breast and cervical cancers later in life. Let’s treat your hormonal imbalances at their root cause so that your body may heal itself.
With our increased exposure to environmental toxicants and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, more and more women are developing polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Contrary to the somewhat confusing name of the condition, women with PCOS may or may not develop actual cysts on their ovaries. But what all of these women have in common is higher levels of male sex hormones (known as androgens).
This can manifest as:
- Difficulty losing weight or abnormal weight gain
- Hair thinning or hair loss
- Abnormal hair growth, such as on the jaw, chest, or upper inner thighs
- Irregular menstrual cycles or skipped periods
PCOS is often associated with insulin resistance, a complex response that can increase the risk of:
- Heart disease
I use a multi-disciplinary approach when treating PCOS, focusing on whole foods, nutritional supplements, herbs, and stress management. I use functional lab testing to better guide the treatment prescriptions and your healing process. As always, treatment will be customized to your unique needs, and will be tailored to treat the real cause of your symptoms.
Does this approach take more work than popping a birth control pill? Sure. But isn’t your health worth it?
Hormones are Inter-Connected
The adrenals kick into gear when the body is under stress, when blood sugar levels are low, or when the brain perceives danger. Since metabolism isn’t nearly as important as survival, the thyroid slows down its work.
Sex hormone production then goes haywire, causing low libido, irregular menses, and poor muscle mass.
For this reason, I consider the whole woman when treating hormone imbalances. This holistic approach makes all the difference.
Fertility & Pregnancy Prep
Health and fertility go hand-in-hand.
Through diet, lifestyle, gentle detoxification, natural supplements, and conventional treatment strategies, we can optimize your fertility. I will work with you and your partner to achieve an optimal level of wellness that supports your health so that you can get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver a healthy baby.
Your health doesn’t just influence your chances of conceiving; it also affects the health of your future child. That’s why – even if you’re fertile – I still recommend working with me for three months before becoming pregnant.
I’m here to help with any stage of the process, whether you’re:
- Hoping to optimize your health before becoming pregnant
- Needing to get off of pharmaceutical medications that affect your fertility or are contraindicated in pregnancy
- Wanting to become pregnant in the next few months/years
- Struggling to become pregnant
- Have a history of miscarriage
- Have a history of pregnancy complications
- Planning to start IVF or other therapies and want to increase your likelihood of conceiving
Annual Well Woman Exams
Even if you were told you don’t need a pap smear for another three years, it’s still a good idea to see a doctor once a year for a basic physical exam, clinical breast exam, and pelvic exam. In my practice, however, this visit is more than just a checklist of exams. It’s an opportunity to check in and talk about your health concerns and do screening tests for anemia, nutritional deficiencies, and hormone imbalances. It’s how we catch problems before they can slow you down or hold you back.
Both established patients as well as new patients are welcome to schedule a well woman exam in my practice. This service is also available to trans individuals who would like to have an exam in a welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere.