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4338 Morsay Drive Lower Level Rockford, IL 61107
4338 Morsay Dr Lower Level Rockford, IL 61107
Women's Health Issues
You deserve to be at your optimum health, no matter your age or the challenges that every woman experiences unique to their life style. Today couldn’t be a better time to take charge of your health. Women have more options (and opportunities) than ever before when it comes to their healthcare. You don’t have to sit back and just accept that with hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, and other chronic conditions, come issues that you will just have to live with, because you don’t.
Whether hormonal changes and imbalances are causing abnormal menstruation, PMS, weight gain, loss of libido, infertility, menopause, breast disease, or other symptoms, now is the time to look to an alternative approach to finding answers. Our doctors and staff can help you address and prevent these issues using natural medicine, without the limitations or side effects often associated with conventional medicine. Holistic care finds the root cause, focuses on comprehensive care, and helps educate you so that you will find the greatest benefit and long lasting results by following your unique treatment plan.
The adrenal glands are what control your body’s “fight or flight” mode. They produce hormones such as Cortisol (which is essential for helping our bodies cope with stress and fight infection), but when fatigued our entire body is affected. Balance is crucial as Cortisol sustains life and affects every tissue, organ, and gland in the body. The body will work to get by, but not without consequences, and other chronic conditions are usually preceded by Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. IPM can help balance your adrenal system and get the hormones back in to balance, naturally.
There are some symptoms you may be experiencing some times for years, assuming they are natural or just from being run down. They may include: fatigue/lethargy (tired when you finally climb out of bed; tired between 3 - 5 pm; tired between 9 -10 pm, but resist going to bed), unexplained hair loss (pulling what seem like small yeti’s from the shower drain is not normal), cravings of salty or sugary foods, lowered blood pressure and blood sugar, brain fog, decreased sex drive, weight gain and inability to lose weight (especially around the waist), and more.
As we get older, health declines, aging begins, and hormone levels fluctuate. Correcting hormone imbalance is a hot topic, especially considering 80% of women deal with some form of it daily. A good analogy would be comparing hormones to water for drought resistant plants. Plants may ‘survive’ for years without much water, but only when given an optimal amount of water will they truly thrive.
Balancing hormones is a science, requiring careful interpretation of symptoms and specialty lab testing. We not only address the hormone imbalance itself, but locate the root cause so that we can remove the source(s) of the imbalance. Often the underlying cause is due to poor dietary habits, environmental toxins, oral contraceptive use, or various combinations of these factors and more. By assessing the results of various testing, we create custom compounded hormone formulas specific to your needs, and create a tailored treatment plan that may include specific supplements, adrenal support, lifestyle changes, counseling or other therapies effective in balancing hormones.
Cancer is the #2 killer in America. While all the research done towards finding a cure over the years has not brought us much closer, there are alternatives out there that could help “prevent” chances of developing cancer. Survival rates are coming back up thanks to improvements in cancer screening and cancer treatment, including alternative care. Alternative medicine uses an integrative approach to dealing with cancer, encompassing a broad range of healing philosophies, approaches and therapies.
Alternative methods to dealing with cancer are not just complimentary to modern medical treatment, sometimes they are all that is needed if the cancer is found soon enough. IPM utilizes a cancer pre-screening test to determine if cancer is present in the body. If it is, additional testing is done and a treatment plan is put into motion. Where chemotherapy, surgery and radiation kill cancer cells, they also kill healthy cells damaging the immune system and the ability of the digestive tract to process nutrients – they do not target cancer cells. Alternative treatments are far more effective because they target cancer cells and do not damage your healthy cells.
If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, whether or not you need assistance, there is more to think about in today’s society than ever before. Genetics, what your mother ate with you in her belly, what you eat right now – these all play a role in your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby. Before you are pregnant is the time to clean out your system of the heavy metals and toxins that can impact the health of your unborn child.
Fertility is sometimes taken for granted, and while some women go to lengths to prevent it, others are desperate for a chance. Men and women are susceptible to hormone imbalance and we work with couples to design plans that target their specific imbalances causing infertility. We know that the path to conception is overwhelming, expensive, painful, and can be unsuccessful when using traditional medical approaches alone. We also won’t stop your care once you have achieved pregnancy, we offer care throughout the pregnancy and afterwards for you and your new family.
A variety of alternative and holistic medical therapies are used to help treat infertility (commonly caused by increased age, hormonal imbalance, ovulation disorders, and more) according to test results. They may include nutritional counseling (identifying food sensitivities and allergies helps minimize stressors which may contribute to infertility), acupuncture (which studies have shown improves chances of conception greatly), detoxification (to rid the body of toxins that may cause birth defects), and lifestyle counseling to name a few. Your Naturopathic Evaluation at IPM is the first step towards restoring your balance and reproductive wellness.
Symptoms appear in the second half of the menstrual cycle such as mood swings, cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, and possibly depression. Much of PMS is caused by hormonal imbalance, unhealthy eating, and stress. While some women can alleviate these symptoms by exercising regularly, reducing intake of certain products (alcohol, caffeine, sugar, refined carbohydrates), and managing stress effectively, others have more severe symptoms that require treatment. We offer relief and a way to be PMS free, without drugs.
Because we have not listed everything that we can assist you with does not mean you are limited in the care you will receive at IPM. Our physicians are well trained and educated to assist with most chronic ailments including (but not limited to) diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and stress induced ailments. Again, our goal is to help prevent or reverse health conditions ailing you, and to help you restore and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Let us know what you are experiencing so that we can assist you in achieving your goals of a healthier you!