A majority of women in America deal with some kind of hormonal issues. Whether it's thyroid issues, PMS, irregular periods, or painful periods, there's at least one woman you can think of who complains of issues relating to hormones.
Hormonal issues can be very multifactorial. They can stem from poor gut health, stress, environmental issues, and even genetics. Most common symptoms manifest as brain fog, painful periods, heavy periods, irregular periods, recurrent headaches/migraines, constipation, loose stools, irritability, breast tenderness, and infertility or trouble conceiving.
Treatments for hormonal complaints depend on what is happening in your body. Since every woman is different, testing and treatment should reflect what's going on in your body. This is why DUTCH complete testing can be very helpful. This comprehensive hormone testing is a urine test that looks at various hormonal metabolites to see how your body is actually processing these hormones over a period of 24 hours, not only what's circulating in your body in the moment that your blood is drawn.
Treatment is dependent upon testing. Women with the same diagnosis can have different amounts of hormones, or different processing in the liver of their hormones, so it's always best to know exactly what's happening before starting therapy.
Therapy includes not only hormonal management, but also gut health evaluation and management, stress reduction and HPA axis (stress response system) regulation, with the use of botanical medicine and supplements, along with nutritional and lifestyle changes.