From premenstrual discomforts and moodiness to menopausal symptoms, there are many conditions that have their root in hormone imbalance. Other conditions include hot flashes, loss of libido, lack of arousal and lubrication, estrogen dominance, irregular or heavy painful periods and vaginal dryness.
Many hormone-related conditions respond very well to a program of hormone balancing. Taking sleeping pills, antidepressants, nerve pills and other drugs to simply address the symptoms may be missing the underlying cause of the problems. The first step though, is to find out if there is a hormonal explanation to your unique situation
Why get testing? Finding out that your hormone levels are abnormal may empower you to take action towards solving the deficiency or imbalance. Without this information what will you do? While it is reasonable to start therapy based on symptoms alone, many patients and providers find testing very useful, and in some cases, very enlightening.
Why test saliva? Just because your primary care physician, gynecologist or other medical practitioner may not understand the validity and utility of saliva testing, that does not prove that saliva testing is not and ideal method for assessing your hormone status. The truth is, years of use and hundreds of articles have been published supporting the use of salivary testing of hormones. Saliva testing reveals only the free and available fraction of circulating hormones. In fact, it can show how well you are absorbing bioidentical hormone supplements like estrone, estradiol, estriol, progesterone, testosterone, and even DHEA. It is convenient and needle free. You can collect on the correct day of your cycle and you can collect the 4 Cortisol levels during one day to assess your adrenal gland.
Saliva testing is done at home, on the exact day of your cycle that is suggested. You can perform a 4 sample test through out the day to asses your cortisol level pattern. There is no needle involved! What a terrific concept.
Which test should I order? Fill out the patient forms and return to the office and we will help you select the appropriate test. You may call or e-mail us after filling out a brief questionnaire.
How will I get the results? Your results will be e-mailed and also sent via regular mail to you. Then you can set up an appointment to discuss these results in an educational format; one on one with Dr. Firnbach.
What do I do with the results? This is entirely up to you. You can use them to track your progress as you begin a program of hormone balancing. Others will bring the results to their physician for guidance on starting hormone supplementation. After discussing the results with us, you may have a better idea of which direct you may wish to take.
We are accepting new clients and are willing to work with you. If you are in the Atlanta area you are invited to become a patient of the practice. We are a full service holistic health practice and specialize in the leading edge approaches to may common and several not-so- common problems.
If you are not in the area or would like only consultation with us, we can arrange for that as well.
Men too? Male hormone imbalance has been recognized as a true health risk. Don’t hesitate to do a basic hormone panel of the hormones or add the adrenal stress evaluation for a complete picture that may explain your symptoms and lead you towards an effective treatment plan. Test Kits Test kits are mailed out to you with instructions and a box to return the samples to the laboratory. Results are available in 2 weeks or less.
Expert Phone Coaching What are you going to do with these results? Find out what they mean to you and receive guidance with a one-on-one phone consultation. Call us to schedule a phone consult for more information.
How are hormone problems treated? Several habits that you have may be contributing to a hormone imbalance. It may be the way you eat, or sleep or how you handle stress. Your other medications may be causing a disruption. Some items like household products, cosmetics, food additives and many other environmental factors may be adding to the problem. They are known as xenoestrogens.
There are several targeted dietary changes you can easily make and several vitamins, minerals and other simple supplements that may encourage a healthy production, function and metabolism of your hormones.
Bioidentical hormone may be suggested and also supplements that support the function of hormone in your body. There are estrogenic herbal supplements as well as herbs that have been noted for their progesterone-like effects. There are also several herbs that are traditionally know to enhance a testosterone effect and actually some that may reduce the effects of having too much testosterone.
You’ve always wanted to know if your hormones were in balance… Too much, too little…Why won’t your doctor order tests for you? Saliva testing answers many questions and often confirms what you have always suspected… A hormonal reason for the way you feel. It then gives you better ideas of how to address your symptoms.
Trouble sleeping, anxiety, mood swings, premenstrual bloating? Maybe your best treatment is not sleeping pills, antidepressants and water pills… It seemed to make sense at first, but are you really Ambien, Prozac and Lasix deficient? Maybe you suffer from estrogen dominance! Too much estrogen and not enough progesterone can cause many of the most common symptoms that afflict millions of people everyday.
Once a hormone imbalance such as estrogen dominance is identified it is supported by proper nutritional supplementation using our personalized program that treats you as a unique individual.
Women who have had a hysterectomy and still have ovaries may need to do two- sample collection 14 days apart to be sure to get a sample during the two weeks when progesterone levels should peak.
Hormone testing can validate what you have always suspected.
Getting the results can often open a whole new world of possibilities. Once your results are revealed you will make an appointment to speak with Dr. Firnbach personally for an educational consult regarding your results. You will get an expert explanation of how your symptoms relate to the test results.
In order to plan the consultation by telephone you will first fill out a symptoms questionnaire and when your test results return you will discuss the results and how they relate to your symptoms.
Dr. Firnbach will explain the different ways hormone balance can be restored. Fill out the patient forms forms and then call to schedule your appointment.
Looking at only the test results will give only half the story. The same is true when looking only at symptoms. By using both subjective (symptoms) and objective (test results) information we get a better picture of what is happening. Hormonal changes are not simply a matter of aging. We are confronted with a multitude assalts to our body;s natural desire to stay in balance. From the hormones in our food supply, to the chemicals in plastic bottles, pesticides and even in skin care products, hormone imbalance is the results of many un-natural factors. Stress and diet also contribute to these disruptions as well as obesity.
An increased estrogen effect (estrogen dominance) is often the cause of symptoms- especially in the pre and peri menopausal time frame. Knowing the estrogen to progesterone and estrogen to testosterone balance (both absolute values and the ratios) helps confirm the presence and extent of the imbalance.
Correcting these imbalances can be accomplished with lifestyle changes, dietary improvements, supplements, herbal blends and bioidentical hormone supplementation. Working with a specialist will give you the guidance and education to understand your choices. Then you can implement and monitor a plan to achieve balance.
Be an active participant in your health care. Nobody cares about your health more than you.
A Personalized Program is a great place to start! At Balanced Body Wellness Centre each person is treated as a unique individual. Our personalized programs promote natural hormonal balance with nutritional supplements, endocrine support formulas, dietary and lifestyle guidance.
Call 770-425-6068 or e-mail us today to get started!