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Is your hormonal health in balance?

December 11, 2020 Women's Health

In women, hormones play a central role through every phase of life—from the beginning of menarche through childbearing years and into menopause. These hormones shift to meet our body’s needs.

But sometimes they can become unbalanced, causing uncomfortable or painful symptoms. Main Line Health’s integrative and functional medicine services help women address these hormonal problems and feel their best through each stage of life. 

“Conditions related to hormone fluctuation and imbalance are extremely common. They include premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, fibroids and symptoms related to perimenopause and menopause,” explains Rachel Sugarman, DO, integrative and functional medicine specialist for Main Line Health. “Premenstrual syndrome alone affects 85% of women. But women don’t need to just live with hormonal problems. We can help them find relief and significantly improve their quality of life.”

Dr. Sugarman sees patients on a consultative basis at the Dee Adams Center for Integrative and Regenerative Medicine, tailoring her guidance and care to each woman. She starts by understanding the patient’s personal health journey—from her medical history, symptoms and genetics to lifestyle habits, stress and tested hormone levels.

“Functional medicine is really personalized medicine. No one size fits all,” says Dr. Sugarman. “We develop a plan that works for each individual.”

Taking control

Dr. Sugarman provides specific lifestyle guidance and advice that takes the guesswork out of how to support hormonal health. She focuses on:

  • Personalized nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Vitamin supplementation
  • Mindfulness and stress reduction 
  • Sleep
  • Digestion
  • Endocrine health
  • Reduction of estrogen-disrupting chemicals in household products, personal care items and food

“We focus on identifying and treating the root cause of the problem, not the symptoms,” explains Dr. Sugarman. “Women are empowered to take control of their body and improve how they feel. It’s never too early or too late to care for your hormonal health,” says Dr. Sugarman. “We are here to help.”

Treating the whole person— mind, body, spirit. Learn more or schedule an appointment with Dr. Sugarman.

Treating the whole person—mind, body, spirit. Main Line Health serves patients at hospitals and health centers throughout the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Learn more or schedule an appointment with Dr. Sugarman.