Hormone Questions? Ask Your Doctor These 6 Things | Sara …

Posted: July 6, 2018 at 2:43 pm

If you read my blog or follow my work, you know that my mission is to help women weed through the myths and mysteries to uncover the truth: how to eat, how to move and how to live so you thrive in that powerful place of physical, mental and emotional well-being.

But at the end of the day, many of you still have health issues you have to address with conventional medicine. If youre lucky, you have a caring and committed physician who is willing to guide you in the process. If youre not so lucky? You can end up feeling frustrated and alone when your doctor doesnt listen to your concerns or when youre thrown yet another prescription for something that may or may not help you get better.

If you suspect you have a hormonal imbalance but youre concerned about how to approach your doctor, youre not alone. While I specialize in these types of issues, many general physicians may not investigate this area as a first plan of attack to treat health problems.

So what do you do when youre ready to broach the subject? How can you get the right answers, take the right tests and know that your doctor is on your side?

If youre willing to be candid, a little preparation can help you open the lines of communication and hopefully lead you to better health outcomes.

Doctors are no different from other working professionals who see clients or patients. Their time is usually limited, so its important to make the most of your appointment. A good step for initial preparation is to take my hormone quiz (you can access it online or in my book, The Hormone Cure). The results of this assessment should give both you and your doctor a general idea of what hormonal imbalances might be at play. With a few follow-up questions, your physician should be able to determine what tests might be needed to investigate the problem further.

It never hurts to present a physician with your own research on the topic that concerns you. If youve done your homework, feel free to bring along books, studies or other materials on the subject. This can help start the conversation, letting your doctor know that youre informed and serious about getting answers. Another research step you can take is to complete a comprehensive hormonal profile test at home (which can be purchased through the Canary Club) and take the results to your appointment.

If youve taken preliminary tests, done your research or have some other reason to suspect a problem (maybe you have a family history of low thyroid or an autoimmune condition, for example), dont be afraid to ask for specific tests. If, on the other hand, youre going into the conversation with little information, bring along a list of specific questions. You can then compare your doctors answers to your own research or you can get a second opinion.

If youre not confident in your physicians ability to help you address your concerns, its always OK to ask for a referral to an endocrinologist or someone who has more experience treating hormonal imbalance. You may also need to simply shop around for a doctor with whom you feel comfortable and supported.

While some physicians are great at blending traditional medicine with more holistic approaches, you might need to turn elsewhere for support in areas like nutrition, herbal medicine or natural hormone balance. It may be possible to work with your doctor but also to get support from a health coach, a nutritionist or some other type of practitioner who has the necessary qualifications. This might require a more proactive stance on your end youll need to make sure youre communicating important information with both the doctor and the practitioner (like your health history, supplements or herbs youre taking, etc.) But this type of combined approach can work if youre doing it safely and consulting both parties about the treatment youre receiving.

Finding a good doctor is like finding a good therapist, a good friend or a good job it can take some time and effort. Do your research, read patient reviews and study a physicians background, qualifications and approach before you even have a consultation. Like any other relationship, when its right, youll know.

Lastly, remember that the biggest advocate for your own treatment and care should be you. Ask the tough questions, be assertive and follow up your health may depend on it.


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