Women’s Health

Tired? Not sleeping well? Lacking energy?

Wishing you could feel like your younger self again?

Looking for a female health team that understands the needs of women at all stages of life?

Our Women’s Health program combines conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine in a specialized program.

We work with women of all ages and stages in the Greater Toronto Area to address health concerns and lifestyle goals that include:

  • Improving body composition and fitness
  • Integrative health coaching
  • Optimizing heart & brain health
  • Optimizing & improving hormone balance (using BHRT)
  • Improving nutrition
  • Exploring mind, body and spiritual health
  • Optimizing restorative sleep
  • Enhancing mental health through Mind-Body therapies
  • Optimizing & maintaining spiritual health
  • Personalized supplement programs
  • Pre-pregnancy health optimization
  • Slowing the aging process

Our Women’s Health program is led by Dr. Simran Rattan who provides care to both women and men at DeerFields.  Benefits of our Integrative Health Women’s Program include:

  • Access to a female physician and a health team dedicated to helping you achieve your health and life goals (in-person or by video conference)
  • Access to primary care services as needed (in-person or by video conference)
  • Access to other on-site professionals and services (our human performance specialist; on-site lab services, etc).
  • Decreased risk of age-related diseases
  • Improved mood, energy and stress tolerance
  • Improved memory and concentration
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Optimized hormone levels
  • Reduced risk of depression or anxiety
  • Relief from menopausal symptoms
  • Monitoring to ensure you’re on track to meet your health goals
  • Slowing the aging process
  • Support in achieving optimal body composition
  • The peace of mind that you’re under the care of an experienced women’s health team

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Q – I’m considering starting Female Bioidentical Hormone Therapy. Will I need to have a mammogram beforehand? What about a pap test?

A – You may be required to have a mammogram and to have them regularly as per the Canadian consensus guidelines. Thermography or detailed ultrasound of the breast is not acceptable. With regards to Pap tests, they are recommended every 3 years starting at age 21. Regular screening should continue until at least age 70. Pap tests can stop at the age of 70 if a woman has had 3 or more normal tests in the previous 10 years.  If you had an abnormal pap test you will require more  frequent follow up testing, as per Cancer Care Ontario’s guidelines.

Women ages 21 to 69 need to get cervical screening even if they:

  • feel healthy and have no symptoms
  • are no longer sexually active
  • have only had 1 sexual partner
  • are in a same-sex relationship
  • have been through menopause
  • have no family history of cervical cancer
  • have received the HPV vaccine

You may be asked to have a transvaginal ultrasound prior to beginning bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Q – I’m experiencing hot flashes, irritability and mood swings, insomnia, fatigue and more. Will progesterone, ESTRADIOL, and/or testosterone Therapy reduce or eliminate these symptoms?

A – The treatments prescribed by our health team often improve symptoms including hot flashes, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, vaginal dryness, incontinence, muscle pain, thin skin, dry eyes, bone density etc., but it is also possible that symptoms may not improve or resolve with treatment. Treatment is contraindicated during pregnancy. Be sure to seek professional medical advice if lactating.

Q – Are Bioidentical Hormones the same as the synthetic ones I’ve heard about?

A – The “Bioidentical Hormones” used at the clinic (e.g. progesterone, estrogen, testosterone etc) are identical to the natural hormones which are created in the body until menopause for women or andropause for men. “Synthetic hormones” are NOT bioidentical (e.g. Premarin, Provera). Although bioidentical hormones do not have the same high risks as synthetic ones, they must be monitored because they can be stimulatory on hormone sensitive areas of the body including, but not limited to, the breast, uterus, and ovaries.