Women's Health (Coming2018)

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understanding woman's health

Hormones are messengers that travel throughout the bloodstream, transmitting messages from cells to glands concerning development, growth, and energy. When your hormones are in balance, your body can function at an optimal level. However, aging causes hormone levels to decline. A tiny change in hormone levels can lead to major problems. Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, can restore hormonal levels to optimal concentrations.

Women at any age can be affected by hormone issues.   Women who still have menstrual cycles may experience infertility, premenstrual syndrome, mood swings, anxiety, painful periods and other symptoms as a result of hormone imbalance.  

Women in peri-menopause and menopause often experience debilitating sleep disturbances, night sweats, hot flashes, accelerated bone loss and many other symptoms related to hormone changes.  The Female Lab Panel helps healthcare professionals identify specifics of the hormone imbalance.

Other conditions associated with hormone imbalances are:

  • depression, irritability, difficulty coping, mood swings
  • heavy bleeding
  • weight gain
  • fertility  issues
  • migraine headaches
  • hot flushes
  • bone loss
  • breast cancer

Five hormones make up the Female Panel: cortisol, DHEAs, estradiol, progesterone and testosterone.  Interactions between these hormones are fundamental to health - which is why imbalances can have a significant impact on our well-being. 

Why Get a Female Panel?

Women with symptoms not relieved by mainstream medical interventions may benefit from having a saliva hormone test. Saliva hormone testing is simple, accurate, and easily obtained. Knowing your hormone levels and how hormones work together may help your clinician find the right hormone solution for you. 

The Month-Long Hormone Assessment:

As hormone imbalances can occur at any point in the menstrual cycle, the month-long hormone assessment helps  uncover the source of cycle-specific symptoms. 

A month-long assessment requires the collection of eleven saliva samples over 33 days.  Progesterone and estradiol are reported for all 11 samples along with an average pooled testosterone, average pooled cortisol and average pooled DHEAS, making it the most comprehensive saliva hormone test available for women. 

Why Test Saliva Hormones?

Mapping progesterone and estradiol levels throughout the month may help identify cycle-related hormone issues.  In the Month-Long Hormone Assessment, women report significant symptoms that arise on sample days.  By correlating self-reported symptoms with hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle, it is often possible to find hormone imbalance underlying a symptom or issue.

As you probably know, hormone levels decrease as we age. A tiny change in hormone levels can lead to major problems.


Some of the advantages of HRT include:

– Achieving a leaner, strong physique
– Increased energy levels
– Stabilize blood pressure
– Increase bone strength
– Normal cholesterol levels
– Boost memory
– Improve skin tone
– and much more!

what are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones made in a woman’s body. Unlike their synthetic predecessors, bioidentical hormones are made from a plant extract derived from yams and/or soy. These extracts are processed in a medical lab to exactly duplicate the natural hormones’ structure.

What are the advantageous of bioidentical hormones?

The body is unable to tell the difference between bioidentical hormones and those naturally produced in the body.  That means these newer hormones are safer than traditional, synthetic versions. Another major advantage is that bioidentical hormones can be precisely monitored via blood and saliva tests. As a result, dosages are easily customized for every patient. Too, they are more easily absorbed by the body compared to synthetic hormones. 

How can bio-identical hormone therapy help me?

Most women experience serious, even debilitating symptoms as a result of the decrease in the female sex hormones, estrogen, and progesterone, that accompany menopause. By replacing these hormones with bioidentical versions, women not only enjoy relief from these symptoms but reap increased energy and strength and a diminished risk of age-related conditions, such as osteoporosis.

What is the approach to bio-identical hormone therapy at kate Nicole Wellness CENTRE?

The key to bio-identical hormone therapy at Kate Nicole Wellness Centre is a custom approach. Kathleen begins with a thorough exam, that includes taking a complete family history, physical exam, and blood tests. She will also offer education on exercise, diet, and stress reduction, to ensure ongoing and optimal health and wellness.

Do Men Need Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?

Some men do. The male sex hormone, testosterone, starts to decrease by 1% a year once a man hits age 30. For men, this causes symptoms including a loss of muscle mass, weight gain, mood swings and problems with sexual function and desire. For these men, hormone replacement therapy offers immense benefits.