Are Your Hormones A Hot Mess?
Navigating your health, your hormones and your commitments can be a little bit like reading a book that’s too close to your face. You know all the words are there, but it’s just way to close to be able to make them out.
That’s where our team comes in.
We stand back at the right distance to clearly read those words back to you. We take your entire story, along with your labs and paint a clear picture of how you got to where you are, what to do to fix it, and what’s coming down the pipeline if we don’t act now.
We focus on how you’re feeling, emotionally and physically, and work with you to get you feeling like your best self again.
Period Pain & PMS
Sometimes you don’t have to be diagnosed with something to know that something else is wrong. If you’re having to wear a tampon AND a pad during your period, struggling with migraines or debilitating pain that requires doubling up on your over-the-counter-medication than something isn’t right. PMS shouldn’t actually exist if your hormones are balanced, and we believe that you should live your best life every week – not just part of the time.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a complex combination of symptoms suggesting that in order to have this diagnosis a woman should also have multiple cysts on her ovaries, which isn’t always true. Women diagnosed with PCOS may struggle to conceive, but are also at greater risk for diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. And while the cysts require an ultrasound to detect, the other, more common symptoms of PCOS are much more evident to women— acne, weight gain, male pattern hair growth and irregular periods. We don’t rely on a diagnosis, we care about how you’re feeling.
Post-Birth Control Syndrome
Have you been on the Birth Control Pill to regulate your period, decrease anxiety, severe PMS or to stop your pain and now you’re wondering what the next step is? For women who have struggled for years with unbalanced hormones, it’s scary to think about planning for babies or coming off the pill. We address PBCS for the individual woman; so that you get the answers you’re looking for without a bandaid solution or feeling like you’re going through it alone.
We see more young women diagnosed with endometriosis than we could have ever believed. Generally requiring a laparoscopic examination to verify, endometriosis usually results in immense pain during (or leading up to) your period. This can have a profound impact on your quality of life that we believe isn’t something you have to give up. We work on helping you understand your hormones, and the strong link between estrogen dominance, inflammation and autoimmune disease, so that you can live a fulfilled life.
Low (or No!) Sex Drive
Low libido, or low sex drive, is a common complaint we hear from many of my patients, both men and women. A low libido can be caused by several different factors including stress, hormone imbalances, certain medications (like antidepressants), and an unhealthy lifestyle (poor diet, lack of exercise, being overweight, etc). It’s an even more common complaint we hear after you pass the age of, gasp!, 40. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s usually a cause of low sex drive, and it’s our job to figure out what it is.
A notoriously common condition in North America, hypothyroidism is a disorder of the endocrine system, occurring when the thyroid gland doesn’t (or cannot) produce enough of the thyroid gland. Common signs and symptoms include constipation, dry skin, fatigue, feeling cold, hair loss or breakage, a hoarse voice, poor emory and concentration and weight gain. Sound familiar? Many times hypothyroidism is diagnosed using blood test results, but we follow the American Guidelines which state that subclinical hypothyroidism should be treated notwithstanding blood test results. This means we treat you, not just the number on a page.
Hashimotos Thyroiditis is a common type of hypothyroidism that is linked to an autoimmune condition. This results in destruction of the thyroid gland and, as you can probably imagine, should be treated differently than hypothyroidism that isn’t related to the immune system. Our team’s job is to determine if your immune system is playing a role in your thyroid function and support your health from there using a variety of dietary modifications, stress reduction and dietary and herbal supplements.
Whether you’re planning on starting a family, or have been trying for a long time, our naturopathic team and our acupuncturist work together in order to support your fertility needs. We focus on balancing hormones, optimizing the quality of your egg and your sperm and decreasing inflammation so that you (hopefully!) get pregnant; and stay pregnant. We also utilize specialized testing in order to determine the intricacies of your fertility needs, if that’s something you’d wish to pursue.
To inquire further, please call our team at 902.802.3443 to book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ashley Margeson, ND or Amanda Conrad, R.Ac to discuss your options.
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Dr. Ashley Margeson, ND
Most extended insurance plans cover Naturopathic Medical Services. We are happy to direct bill for select plans at our Halifax, Nova Scotia office. Please call the clinic at 902.820.3443 to inquire if your plan is able to be direct billled.