My Approach to Fertility Assessment

If you and your partner are struggling to conceive, you’re not alone. Fertility problems are becoming increasingly more common, with up to 1 in 6 of Canadian couples struggling to get pregnant. The good news is that there are options! Infertility can be connected to either the man or the women or a combination of both, so it is important for both partners to be considered. If your doctor suspects there is a reason you have not conceived, there are a number of tests that can be done to determine your fertility and that of your partner. On occasion a thorough lifestyle history can uncover some of the common causes of infertility but in many cases additional testing is required to get a full di

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT)

What are Bioidentical Hormones? Bioidentical hormones are structurally and functionally identical to our own naturally produced hormones. They are derived from plant and food sources, and synthesized in a lab to be identical in structure to the natural form of the hormone. It is important to distinguish between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones are found in the birth control pill, IUD’s and most conventional hormone replacement therapy creams and pills. They are structurally different than our bodies naturally occurring hormones. For hormones to exert an effect on a body, they must bind to a receptor. Synthetic hormones are not identical to our own hormones th

A Natural Approach to PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

What is PCOS? PCOS is a complex syndrome that is used to describe a variety of clinical signs and symptoms, as well as hormonal irregularities. PCOS affects over 10% of women of reproductive age. Symptoms tend to begin at onset of the menstrual cycle, but may not start until years later. What Causes PCOS? The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. An imbalance in a number of different hormones can lead to symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome. This includes imbalances in pituitary, ovarian, pancreatic and adrenal hormones. Women with PCOS often have elavated insulin levels due to insulin resistance. High insulin levels can cause the ovaries to make excess androgens such as testosterone. How do yo

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