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Women's Whole Health Care

Research has demonstrated that female hormonal imbalances can affect mental health. Hormones are chemical messengers produced in the body controlling and regulating cell activity of specific cells and organs. Neurohormones specifically influence the brain and behavior. Female reproductive hormones (progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone) impact the brain and its nerve cell networkl which is designed to be protective against cognitive and/or memory loss.

 Patients whose adrenal hormones (ie cortisol) are imbalanced tend to experience mental health issues (anxiety, depression, and insomnia). Since hormone levels commonly fluctuate from day to day, women can experience a combination of these symptoms. Many of the possible causes of hormonal imbalances are often due to diet, life stressors, environment, age, and lifestyle. In these situations, women tend to experience imbalances in estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid. It is well known that following childbirth, a drop in progesterone levels is directly linked to postpartum depression. 

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Hormone Influences on Moods

Estrogen

Estrogen is a hormone that has several roles in the body. In females, it helps develop and maintain both the reproductive system and female characteristics (breasts and pubic hair). It also plays a key role in cognitive health, bone health, the cardiovascular system, and several other important body processes.   Click photo.

Progesterone

Progesterone is another valuable female hormone.  It stimulates and regulates several body functions, like maintaining pregnancy, preparing the uterine endometrium for conception (after ovulation) and regulating the monthly menstrual cycle. It causes the lining to thicken and accept a fertilized egg. It also calms uterine muscle contractions that cause the body to reject an egg. It also plays a role in sexual desire. Click photo.

Testosterone

Testosterone is a male sex hormone (androgen) and is also made in a woman's ovaries in smaller amounts. When combined with estrogen, (female sex hormone) testosterone helps with the growth, maintenance, and repair of a woman's reproductive tissues, bone mass, and behaviors. Click photo.

Oxytocin

Oxytocin is a peptide hormone and neuropeptide. Oxytocin is often linked to warm, fuzzy feelings and research reports it lowers stress and anxiety. It can regulate our emotional responses as well;  key in social bonding, reproduction, childbirth, and postpartum.  It is produced in the hypothalamus and secreted by the posterior pituitary. Often called the “love hormone,” levels of oxytocin rise during hugging and orgasm. It is believed to have benefits for treatment of depression, anxiety, and intestinal problems. Click photo.

Cortisol

Cortisol, a steroid hormone, regulates many important body processes, such as metabolism and the immune response. As the body experiences stress, the adrenal glands create and secrete Cortisol  into the bloodstream.  Cortisol's job is to streamline the body's workload so the individual can respond to the perceived/immediate threat. Chronic stress keeps cortisol levels high in the body instead of returning to baseline which can cause damage to organs and cause weight gain and difficulty losing weight. click the photo for link on imbalances and mental health. click the photo.

Thyroid Hormones

Thyroid hormones (T3, T4, TSH) are essential for adequate functioning of the female reproductive system.  Their role is to modulate metabolism and aid in development of ovarian, uterine, and placental tissues. An imbalance in thyroid hormones can lead to either low thyroid (Hypothroidism) or high thyroid levels (Hyperthyroidism). Imbalances often result in poor fertility (causing miscarriage) or infertility (inability to conceive and carry a pregnancy) in  women. Click photo.

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Modern Living Influences Moods

Water Intake

Dietary Choices

Caffeine & Mental Health

Screen time & Anxiety

Healthy Relationship?

Exercise & Mood

Parenting Demands

Importance of Play

Improving Body Image

Hormone Imbalance & Low moods

Mindfulness & Mental Health

Birth Control Impacts Mental health

Women & Substance Use

Social Media & Mood

Endocrine Disruptors & Mental Health

Supplements that Support Mood

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Tests for Women's Health (click photo to order test)

Complete Hormone Testing Kit

SEX HORMONE TRIO + FULL DAY CORTISOL testing kit is designed to be a comprehensive hormone imbalance test. Testing provides the full picture of an individual's hormone health by measuring their full day cortisol levels plus the trio of the body’s essential sex hormones.

COLLECTION METHOD: Saliva  Approx cost $219.00

Cortisol Diurnal Testing

The Diurnal Cortisol Test measures cortisol throughout the day:

1.) Cortisol (morning value)

2.) Cortisol (after 4h)

3.) Cortisol (after 8h)

4.) Cortisol (after 10h)

The stress hormone cortisol is released to varying degrees throughout the day – too high or low values ​​at certain times can lead to exhaustion, tiredness or sleep disorders. Approx cost $129.00

Female Hormone Balance Testing

A  comprehensive hormone panel for all women. This hormone level test helps identify how balanced hormones are the body or if imbalances may be contributing to symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, and mood disturbances.  It measures key female hormone levels. Uses finger prick and saliva samples.  Approx cost $199.00.

Thyroid Hormone Testing

This at home test measures thyroid hormone levels for the 3 main thyroid hormones (TSH, T3,  T4, and thyroid antibodies) with this comprehensive test. All that is needed is a simple Finger prick sample. Approx Cost $99.00.

Private In-home STD Testing

Click the photo to be directed to a company that sells a variety of private in-home Sexually Transmitted Disease Tests. Clients can choose from a variety of kits with varying from simple to comprehensive. Approx Costs $59.00-$399.00.

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Support for Women's Health

Vitamin A

B Complex Support

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Iron

Magnesium

Omega 3 EFA

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Botanicals and Women's Health

Evening Primrose

Black Cohosh

Dong Quai (female ginseng)

Valerian Root

Ashwaganda

Rhodiola

Red Clover

Valerian Root

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Women's Health Issues 

Autoimmune Dysfunction

Autoimmune diseases can impact anyone. Yet certain persons have a  higher risk:-Women of childbearing age, family history, environmental triggers, and ethnicity. autoimmune diseases tend to run in families(lupus & multiple sclerosis). 

Different autoimmune diseases often affect different members in a  family. Some genes can increase risk for autoimmune disease. Specific events or environmental exposures can cause  or worsen autoimmune diseases (sunlight, solvents, viral and/or bacterial infections).Some autoimmune diseases tend to affect certain people groups more intensely. Type 1 diabetes is more common in Light-skinned persons and Lupus is worse in black individuals and Latino individuals.

Integrative Care for Postpartum Health

Powerpoint presentation to support mental health in the postpartum period.  Slide share presentation:https://www.slideshare.net/kimmercollisonris/integrative-care-for-postpartum-depression

Causes of decreased sexual interest

Low sexual interest is often linked to depression. Decreased arousal and pleasure are commonly linked to anxiousness.  Physiologic sexual response can lead to fear instead of pleasure. Sexual pain is 10 x more likely to be linked to an anxiety diagnosis in women. Fluctuating hormones, high stress, depression, or medications also contribute.

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Recommended Support Books


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