Functional medicine should be the first stop for women seeking support as their body transitions through the various stages of life. At its core, our doctors at the Institute for Functional Health design natural solutions as your body undergoes hormonal changes that create additional stress on your body.
While stress can be a natural and healthy physiological reaction for your body as it heals itself, that does not make the transition any easier as the delicate balance of all of your body systems must work together for you to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, both emotionally and physcially.
If your body is undergoing a transition and you would like natural solutions to minimize symptoms that may be associated with this sudden chemical change within your body, then we invite you to schedule a Discovery Day with your nearest Institute for Functional Health clinic.
During your Discovery Day our doctors will assess your current state by perform extensive lab work to identify hormone levels, and determine the lifestyle choices that will best equip you to gracefully transition to your next stage in life. In the sections below, we have detailed common stages in women's health and how functional medicine approaches your needs.
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Young Menstruating Women
During this stage of life, you may struggle with pain or discomfort associated with heavy cramping or heavy bleeding. Some women even may deal with more serious complications such as fibroid formation or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. These complications result in hormone levels becoming unbalanced, which may then lead to a host of other symptoms.
At the root of many of these issues are an abnormal stress response within your body. This may be triggered by emotional stress, weight related stress either through being under- or over-weight, or a myriad of other abnormal physiological responses.
By our doctors helping to identify the root cause of these stress responses, we can help you to make the lifestyle choices to reduce your emotional, physical, and chemical stresses . . . and thus allow your body to heal itself.
The symptoms experience by women going through menopause are well documented and vary from person to person: weight gain, hot flashes, loss of libido, brain fog, fatigue, and depression.
We cannot avoid this stage of life, so our goal with functional medicine is to support this change in a way that reduces the symptoms and support your body's natural pathways to life's next stage.
While traditional medicine focuses generally on the replacement of certain hormones, functional medicine seeks to naturally support this transition. This may be changes in your diet and physical activity that relieve stress triggers within your body. By specifically assessing these stressors, your natural physiology is prepared to accept various natural alternatives that have proven to reduce emotional, physical, and chemical stress.
After menopause, many women continue to experience the same symptoms that occurred during menopause and to a greater extent: more weight gain, even less of a libido, continued hot flashes, and brain fog. Many women also begin to report dimished bone health and hair loss.
Our goal at this stage in life is to reduce these symptoms associated with menopause, but to also reduce the symptoms of your body's natural aging. Many women believe that hormone replacement therapy is the only viable option; however, there is a much better starting point within the field of functional medicine.
By clearly identifying precise stress triggers and the underlying cause of the symptoms, our doctors are able to design a custom wellness plan that includes the appropriate nutritional support, vitamin & mineral supplementation, and reasonable physical activity guidance.
While certain symptoms come with aging, we can certainly design a plan that helps restore your body to its vitality and vigor of years ago. Our patient success stories speak for themselves and we would love to have you as our next testimonial for looking and feeling your best!