Women’s Health

At Integrative Health Clinic we work with women’s health issues from teenage to post-menopause. A woman’s body goes through many transitions in terms of hormonal changes and it can lead to challenging health problems. We understand the complex interaction of hormones and their effects on health. We are equipped with tools to help you achieve the biochemical, nutrient, and hormonal balance and realize your health goals.

We are devoted to prevention and root cause management of diseases. The following are some of the conditions we specialize in. If you don’t find your condition below please inquire here to see if we are able to help you.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome – PCOS PCOS is a complex disorder driven by multiple hormonal imbalances. Insulin resistance, excessive secretion of male sex hormones like testosterone and DHEA, imbalanced estrogen to progesterone level are some of the main underlying imbalances. This leads to features like irregular menstrual cycles, easy weight gain, acne, hirsutism and difficulty falling pregnant. If the underlying hormonal imbalance is not corrected can lead to more serious complications like hypertension, diabetes and even uterine or breast cancer. At Integrative Health Clinic we aim to help you achieve the hormonal balance by optimizing lifestyle and nutrients and using herbal and hormonal support where necessary. This approach serves to improve symptoms and also prevent long term complications.

Acne Acne can be related to nutrient deficiencies, lifestyle factors, inflammation or hormonal imbalance. Skin is a reflection of your inner health. At Integrative Health Clinic we rather treat the inner health than suppressing the manifestation. Many people do not need last resort treatments like roaccutane (isotretinoin) which has got serious side effects and is not addressing underlying causes. When you treat underlying causes not only improves your acne it helps improve your overall health as your other tissues are also being nourished including your brain. Many people report feeling happier, sharper and healthier.

Heavy painful periods This is common during teenage period and then again during perimenopause time. Underlying causes could be hormonal imbalance by lack of exercise, weight gain, anovulation, nutrient deficiencies, endometriosis etc. At Integrative Health Clinic we manage these using a biomedical management approach.

PMS Anxiety, irritability, headache, nausea, breast tenderness, sleep disturbance etc: Many women suffer with these symptoms, sometimes up to half month each cycle. They can affect quality of life, productivity and relationships adversely. They can easily be managed with lifestyle modification, nutrients and hormonal balancing. At Integrative Health Clinic we look forward to working with you to empower you to have a choice in how you manage your PMS.

Endometriosis Endometriosis can cause severely painful periods, irregular bleeding, IBS and irritable bladder and headaches. Diagnosis is not straight forward and may take over 10 years for many women to have a diagnosis after the symptom onset. Underlying causes could be inflammation in the body, immune system dysregulation and hormonal imbalance. Estrogen stimulates growth of endometriosis lesions and progesterone slows the growth. By addressing above root causes with diet, lifestyle, nutrients, anti-inflammatory herbs and balancing hormones endometriosis can be controlled. Some women may need surgical removal but again controlling underlying causes would help prevent recurrence.

Perimenopause related heavy flooding/short cycles/spotting and roller coaster changes in body and moods Perimenopause on average lasts 6-7 years starting in mid-40s but for some women it can be as long as 10-15 years as it may start in their 30s. During this phase of life women generally have high and unpredictable estrogen levels while balancing hormone progesterone levels are generally low. At Integrative Health Clinic we aim to help you understand what is happening in your body and provide you root cause resolution. We will discuss how you can achieve better balance by efficient elimination of estrogen and improve progesterone level. Treated this way many women could avoid having hysterectomy and prevent other serious diseases caused by excessive estrogen. Please understand hysterectomy is a big surgical procedure with its own risk factors. When performed for heavy periods, hysterectomy and endometrial ablation are symptomatic treatment because they are not addressing the root cause imbalance in the hormones. The high estrogen is not only causing you to have heavy periods it’s also stimulating unchecked growth in your breasts which may lead to lumps.

Infertility/subfertility and help maintain pregnancy According to Ayurveda (ancient Indian health science) our tissues are nourished in layer manner. For example first tissue is blood cells, following that are muscles etc. The last tissues to get nourishment are ovum and sperms. If you think about it – it makes sense because malnourished body would not be able support a new life. At Integrative Health Clinic we aim to diagnose your (both partners) nutrient deficiencies and optimize them safely with regular monitoring. We also work at improving ovulation and sperm quality by using herbal support and empowering you to life affirming lifestyle modifications.

Pregnancy This is a very special time in your life. At Integrative Health Clinic we understand hormonal changes happening and increased demands of nutrients in your body during pregnancy and postnatal period and associated physical and mental symptoms including postnatal depression. We will work with you to prepare you for healthy pregnancy and optimum growth of fetus, reduction in pregnancy complications, optimum nutrition for breast feeding – so you can feed your growing baby through your milk and optimum postnatal experience for you and your baby.

Menopause related issues- hot flush, sleep disturbance, memory issues, bone health At Integrative Health Clinic we aim to help you with management of these symptoms by lifestyle, nutrient and herbal support. If you do need hormonal support this is done in safe monitored way and hormones are used at the minimum level to control the symptoms. Again hormonal balance is paramount in managing any hormone related health issues and we regularly test your levels to be sure of achieving the balance.

Thyroid health issues It is estimated that 5% of Women and 1% of men have overt thyroid health issue. Many are not diagnosed because their TSH is within normal range. At Integrative Health Clinic we would assess your thyroid thoroughly to find out if your low energy, hair loss, feeling cold all the time or unable to lose weight are related to thyroid health issue. Many people have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis as an underlying autoimmune problem while others have insufficient nutrients required to make thyroxine or convert thyroxine to active thyroid hormone in the cells. It’s my pleasure to help find if your thyroid dysfunction is contributing to your overall ill-health and if yes what’s driving your thyroid dysfunction and help you correct it or manage it. I am well versed with synthetic and glandular thyroid replacement.

Anxiety, depression All anxiety and depression are not same; they can have a variety of underlying causes. It may vary from exogenous to endogenous and simple folate deficiency to methylation or pyrrole disorder or hormonal imbalance. At Integrative Health Clinic we endeavor to define what’s driving your particular mental health issue and help you address it to achieve resolution. You may be able to reduce your medication but only under appropriate supervision and plan.