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Balancing Women’s Hormones

Dr. Allison Gandre Provides a Comprehensive Plan

So many women are seeking out safe and alternative ways to deal with hormone-related symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause (the time before menopause). Complaints like water retention, menstrual irregularities, pre-menstrual fatigue and skin changes can show up more than 10 years before menopause. With the plethora of endocrine-disrupting compounds in our environment today, even women in their 20s are experiencing menopause-like issues including infertility, mood swings and premature ovarian failure.

Hormone-related symptoms ranging from annoying to debilitating have been normalized as inevitable and unchangeable. The truth is that these symptoms, whether minor or extreme, indicate an imbalance in the body. A Naturopathic Physician or trained functional medicine Doctor will look for why these symptoms are occurring in the first place. Many women don’t realize that what they are putting in or on their bodies daily is directly causing their suffering. Toxic burden, chronic infections, adrenal dysfunction and thyroid issues may underly problems like excessive menstrual bleeding, pain, fatigue, night sweats and cyclic headaches.

Dr. Gandre takes an individualized approach and risk assessment with each patient. Interventions with diet, exercise, botanical medicine and nutritional supplements are prescribed to treat and prevent hormone-related concerns. The Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guidelines state that hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for symptoms of menopause and that benefits may exceed risks for symptomatic women. Dr. Gandre is trained in assessing for and prescribing bio-identical hormone therapy (BHT). BHT are plant-derived compounds made into hormones that are biochemically identical to our own hormones. BHT is advantageous because it does not contain the multiple animal-derived, unrecognizable forms of estrogen or synthetic progestins. BHT can be dosed individually instead of being locked into a standardized “one size fits all” dosage. Also, BHT can be compounded without dyes, fillers, certain preservatives or any sensitive ingredient.

Dr. Gandre has offices in Honolulu and Kailua. Women experiencing symptoms of hormone dysregulation can contact her for a consultation.

Locations: 1141 Koko Head, Ste, 201, Honolulu, and 970 N. Kalaheo, Ste A111, Kailua. For more information or to make an appointment, call 808-421-7753 or visit HINaturalHealing.com.

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