Hormones

Understanding Hormones

What are hormones?

Hormones are chemical messengers that carry important “to-do” instructions to organs in your the body. This test will measure whether or not your active “call to action” hormone levels are adequate.

Why test my hormones?

When your hormones are out of balance important “to-do” messages don’t get sent and this leads to poor organ function. Poor organ function leads to disease symptoms and chemical imbalances.

nuHealth-Naturopathic-care-vancouver-wa-Dr-Nadene-Neale-insomniaDo You Relate?
  • Trouble falling asleep or waking up in the night?
  • Less able to handle stress?
  • Feeling anxious?
  • More difficulty making decisions?
  • Increased criticism of self and others?
  • Obsessive thinking and worrying?
  • Uncharacteristic memory loss and foggy thinking?
  • Fatigue?
  • Low Libido?
  • Depression?
What is hormone testing?

Only saliva testing measures the “active” levels of hormones in your body. There are several hormones to consider measuring based on your symptom picture. If you have fatigue or anxiety or a hard time handling stress Dr. Neale may consider measuring your stress hormone cortisol. If you have a decreased libido or increased libido, heavy menstrual bleeding, difficulty loosing weight, brain fog, difficulty staying focused, infertility, or emotional lability Dr. Neale may consider measuring your sex hormones progestorone, estrogen, and testosterone. Talk with Dr. Neale to discuss which hormone test panel that is appropriate for your individual symptom picture and if Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the solution for you.

How do you test my hormones?

You and Dr. Neale will work together to determine which hormone test panel is appropriate for your symptom picture. You will be given a test collection kit to take home with you. Then on a specific day of the month Dr. Neale will select, you will collect a small sample of your saliva. You then mail in the kit and once your results are in, Dr. Neale will arrange a follow up appointment to discuss your hormone levels and recommend treatment.

What are the benefits of testing your hormones?

Once you know what underlying hormone imbalance is causing your symptoms it is just a matter of adding natural treatments and lifestyle adjustments to correct it. Hormones play a vital role in the protection of the cardiovascular system, the brain and central nervous system, bones, muscles, skin, eyes, and most tissues in the body.

Resources for further information:

Hormone Imbalance FAQ

Dr. Neale Can Help

The great news is that hormone imbalances are easily treated with natural medicines.

Call 360-836-5730 to set up a free 15 min phone consult to meet Dr. Neale in person and to learn more about her services, hormone testing methods, and natural hormone treatments.