When My Doctor Doesn’t Have the Answers

By MedStudio Staff

Overview: This article outlines when and where to seek advice when suffering from symptoms with possible hormone imbalance, as well as common misdiagnoses and related symptoms.

When to Seek Advice

For women considering hormone imbalance treatment, most start with a family doctor or medical provider. In some cases, they might visit a mental health provider. Unfortunately, many of these experts may not be trained to correctly diagnose and successfully administer the necessary treatment. Despite the best intentions, there is a good chance they received little, if any, education in school on this topic.

Here the Nurse Practioners at Med Studio have focused their careers on hormones & natural hormone therapy, and are dedicated to helping women (and the men who love them) find natural solutions to help guide you through menopause.

MedStudio offers natural therapies for people with unbalanced hormones, and frees them to live instead of suffering with unmanaged symptoms.

Anti-Depressants and Menopause

In many cases, when women shares the following symptoms with their main health care provider, they are diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of enthusiasm
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Sudden and unprecedented anxiety
  • Short temper
  • Panic attacks

(Sadly, some of the most commonly recommended anti-depressants often lower a woman’s sex drive and may actually stop your body’s ability to have an orgasm.)

Many women are given an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication to treat hot flashes. While recent studies have shown this kind of hormone imbalance treatment effective in reducing hot flashes, the medication doesn’t help what’s causing the symptoms in the first place.

Why Synthetic Hormones Are Used

Often when women take these symptoms to their gynecologist, they are told to take synthetic hormones like birth control or Premarin.

This may happen because classically trained physicians or providers receive little or no education on natural hormone therapy or alternative solutions in school.

(For some women these synthetic hormones are a good option but may treat only a portion of the symptoms. For others, they may cause unwanted problems down the road.)

Your Options

At MedStudio, asking your body the right questions helps your provider give you options and a solution that’s right for you!

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