For thousands of women suffering from health issues that are linked to menopause and perimenopause (including fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, anxiety, mood swings, digestive issues, insomnia, headaches…etc), going to the doctors and getting the right testing can be a huge frustration.
Doctors will often say that hormone testing is not worth doing, especially during perimenopause. It’s too unreliable as hormones are often fluctuating throughout the month. And they’re right when they only have access to blood tests, which are essentially a snapshot of one hormone in the blood at any one time.
But there are other ways of testing that can be incredibly useful for identifying what hormones are up to, and therefore the best way to support them. Getting the right tests to determine the right course of action can help to deal with the root cause of the issues rather than just managing symptoms.
Testing isn’t cheap, done privately, but for women suffering from symptoms of hormone imbalance (whether pre, peri or post menopause), hormone testing can often be the missing link in the journey back to full health.
Nicki Williams is an award-winning nutritionist, author, speaker and women’s health expert. After failing to find any medical help for her symptoms of exhaustion, weight gain and hormone issues herself in her early 40’s, Nicki discovered after the correct testing that she could turn things around using diet, lifestyle and natural supplements. She went on to qualify as a nutritional therapist and hormone expert, and now helps women all over the world with her online programmes, hormone testing, workshops and individual and group coaching.
Both blood and urine testing can be done, which means there’s no guesswork when it comes to treatment and it’s measurable, the tests provide a baseline for progress to be measured.
Testing is valuable to know exactly where to target your efforts, to know what foods to focus on to give you specific nutrients, what supplements are needed, to identify whether HRT will actually be of benefit, and to understand the unique behaviour of hormones in the body and potential risks of further conditions.
Watch this space, Janey’s personal review on hormone testing to come!
Book – It’s Not You, It’s Your Hormones: www.happyhormonesforlife.com/book-info