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Are you dealing with weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, decreased concentration, brain fog, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, heavy menstrual cycles or none, fluctuations in mood, irritability, anxiety, sugar cravings or low energy? It is possible that you are entering peri-menopause or menopause and your hormones are shifting.
Hormone imbalance in both men and women can lead to chronic symptoms and decrease your overall sense of vitality and health. Deficiency of one hormone can trigger a relative excess of another and result in the symptoms listed above. Whether you have heavy/painful periods, fluctuating hormones or are perimenopausal or menopausal, testing your hormones provides vital information to get your body back to balance.
The right balance of hormones is vital to a woman’s health.
This package provides you with a simple saliva test you perform at home and includes testing your morning Estradiol, Estrone, Progesterone. Testosterone, DHEAs and Cortisol x 2 and a 45 minute visit with our Functional Medicine Provider.
What to expect during your visit:
Your lab results will be reviewed with you by our Functional Medicine provider where she will explain in detail what your current lab values mean and provide you with personalized strategies to make necessary changes. During your visit with our provider, she will ask you detailed questions about your symptoms, lifestyle, diet, activity and stress levels. Please bring a 3 day food journal to your appointment.
We prescribe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for women who are interested, along with supplements, diet and lifestyle recommendations. We do not provide hormone pellets in this practice. Learn more about hormone replacement therapy.
You will be sent an email to register for our online portal where you will be asked to update your profile including current medications, supplements, allergies and past medical history. Please complete this information at least 24 hours prior to your visit.
Important note about doing your lab test at home:
Saliva testing is extremely sensitive and can easily be contaminated from the environment. Read the directions provided carefully. If you are a menstruating woman, this test needs to be collected on day 19, 20 or 21 of your cycle with day 1 being the first day of bleeding. If you are using anti-aging creams/lotions/serums please stop using these for 3 days prior to collecting your sample and wash all your sheets, pillow cases, bathroom towels the day before you collect your sample. If you are using a topical steroid cream for inflammation (ie: TAC, hydrocortisone, betamethasone, etc) stop using this for 3 days prior to collecting your sample and follow the directions above. If you currently use a hormone cream, apply your cream 12 hours prior and wash all your bedding the night before collecting your sample.