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:
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:
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:
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.