Balancing Hormones in Younger Women


What do premenstrual syndrome (PMS), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and many cases of infertility have in common? As Dr. Pamela W. Smith states on these conditions, "It's all about hormone balance. Balance is the key."

Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, thyroid, melatonin—in fact, all the body's hormones are interconnected in a delicately balanced dance. For many menstruating women, however, this dance can sometimes lose its rhythm, resulting in the altered production of one hormone, leading to the altered production of another, and perhaps another…

These hormone imbalances can be the root cause of a wide-array of symptoms, seemingly unconnected, which often makes diagnosis of the underlying problem a frustrating experience for the patient and the healthcare provider.

Dr. Smith has found that three of the most common conditions related to imbalanced hormones are PMS, PCOS, and infertility:

  • PMS – the great masquerader—frequently misdiagnosed as a psychological problem and causing symptoms as diverse as acne, asthma, backache, bleeding gums, clumsiness, confusion, cravings, cramps, dizziness, migraines, mood swings, poor judgment, visual changes, tingling, or tremors
  • PCOS – affecting nearly 10% of women in America and accounting for 85% of women with androgen excess and increased growth of facial and body hair; produces infertility in 75% of obese women who have PCOS, and can be associated with increased risk for diabetes, lipid abnormalities, and cardiovascular disease
  • The value of salivary hormone testing – how testing hormone levels over a 28-day cycle yields vital clinical clues to a women's individual "hormone dance" and provides guidelines for the development of personalized treatments
  • Effective natural therapies – that can produce profound effects on hormonal balance including dietary composition and timing, nutrients and botanicals that can help (or harm), and lifestyle interventions to minimize toxic exposure and reduce stress


To learn more about the tests indicated in Dr. Smith's presentation, please review the following profiles:

Rhythm

Rhythm™

The Rhythm hormone test is a comprehensive assessment of estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone spanning a full 28 days.

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Rhythm Plus

This hormone testing profile includes the Adrenocortex Stress Profile and the Comprehensive Melatonin Profile to reveal how the sex hormones are influenced by cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.

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GI Effects<sup>®</sup>

GI Effects®

The GI Effects Stool Profile is an advanced stool test that provides immediate, actionable clinical information for the management of gut health.

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CDSA 2.0

CDSA 2.0

The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis 2.0 (CDSA 2.0) offers unique insight into overall and gastrointestinal health by assessing a combination of novel stool biomarkers

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NutrEval<sup>®</sup> FMV

NutrEval® FMV

Unlike any other nutritional assessments, NutrEval FMV provides a framework of core nutrients in 5 key areas: Antioxidants, B Vitamins, Digestive Support, Essential Fatty Acids, and Minerals.

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Pamela W. Smith, MD, MPH, MSPamila W. Smith, MD, MPH, MS

PAMELA WARTIAN SMITH, MD, MPH, MS spent her first twenty years of practice as an emergency room physician with the Detroit Medical Center and then the next sixteen years as an Anti-Aging/Metabolic Medicine specialist. She is a diplomat of the Board of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and is an internationally known speaker and author on the subject of Metabolic, Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine. She also holds a Master's in Public Health Degree along with a Master's Degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine. She has been featured on CNN, PBS, and many other television networks, has been interviewed in numerous consumer magazines, and has hosted two of her own radio shows. She is a regular contributor for Fox News Radio.

Dr. Smith is currently the Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine and the founder of The Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine. Dr. Smith is also the co-director of the Master's Program in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine at the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. She is the author of the best-selling books, "HRT: The Answers," "Vitamins Hype or Hope," "Demystifying Weight Loss," "What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More," "What You Must Know about Women's Hormones," "Why You Can't Lose Weight," and "What You Must Know About Memory Loss and How You Can Stop It." Her newest book: "What You Must Know About Thyroid Disease," is due out this fall.