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Women's Hormone Health

Menstrual cycle problems or menopausal symptom complaints are the most common reason for female patient medical visits. The complaints typically include one or more of these issues:

Women's Hormone Health

  • Heavy or Painful Periods
  • Irregular Bleeding
  • Cyclic Depression and Mood Changes (“PMS”)
  • Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
  • Breast Tenderness

All of these symptoms can occur in any woman before, during or after the menopause transition. Typically, doctors treat these symptoms by controlling the periods with birth control pills or synthetic hormone replacement pills. Sometimes antidepressants are added to treat the mood symptoms.

Often the dosages of the hormones given are more potent than the body’s normal natural production at that age and serve to suppress the body’s natural hormone output. The body then “runs” off the synthetic hormones in the medication. This achieves a temporary fake sense of balance to the body and improvement in symptoms for some patients, but these are often accompanied by debilitating “side effects” like headaches, nausea, skin changes, sexual problems, and bloating or weight gain!

Our approach is to accurately test the key hormone levels in your saliva during the times you are most symptomatic. The vast majority of the time, a deficiency in progesterone is revealed. Yes, most women, even in early menopause, have the same absolute levels of estrogens that they had when they were cycling. The symptoms they are feeling are most likely due to an age, or stress-related reduction in progesterone levels that balance the estrogens they are producing. Progesterone is not found in any birth control pill or in the most popular hormone replacement pills or patches. By replacing the lost progesterone and other deficient hormones, natural balance is restored. This often results in resolution of symptoms without side effects. Levels can be rechecked to ensure balance is maintained.

Abnormal periods and menopausal symptoms should never be written off as “normal” or part of “aging”. With the accuracy and detail of saliva testing, we can find the specific cause and customize the therapy to each individual.

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Theresa P

“I am amazed at how much better I feel! I have been using the topical bio identical cream for a few years. We added oral progesterone to aid with sleep. I am a new person! I had severe joint pain in both my hips and night sweats. I have to say, after I started on the topical progesterone, the night sweats are much much less noticeable. And...My joint pain is GONE. Completely. Even before my cycle. I have been to traditional doctors, physical therapists and even a chiropractor. Nothing helped. I sleep better, have less mood swings and no more hip pain. I sleep so much better now. Amazing. No sleeping pills needed here. Thank goodness! Thank you ,thank you Dr. Duffy!!!”

Susan W

“I love your office. I searched high & low for someone that was forward thinking & willing to treat me although others wouldn't because some values were in lab range, but rather you wanted me to be optimal. I recommend your office daily to those that struggle with this issue, specifically those with Hashimotos.”

Anonymous

“I am well on my way to having my life back. Everyone in the office is there to listen and encourage you. I am truly thankful for Dr. Duffy.”

Jackie

“The whole staff are amazing!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!”

Janet J

“We lost a wonderful doctor when we moved away from Clemson. Dr. Duffy always worked to keep us well - a concept that seems to mystify other doctors. Unfortunately, we had to wait for 3 months to get a new doctor, and he is against all hormone therapy, confessed he is untrained in all supplements, and will be there only to get us well when we have a disease. I guess this is better than nothing, but we continue to look for a Dr. Duffy replacement - one we might never be able to find.”

Anonymous

“A unique practice and welcomed approach to medicine, thank you for leading this corner of Pickens County to rid its citizens of unneeded prescriptions and toxins! Keep up the fight CIM!!!!!!”

Charlotte

“I heard about Dr. Duffy and saliva testing so I made an appointment to see her. She LISTENED to me, actually understood what I was talking about! I did everything she asked me to do and I started to feel better. I'm feeling happy these days. I have energy and no more hot flashes. Dr. Duffy didn't just work with my hormone replacement she helped me with different eating styles until we found one that worked for me. I've lost weight, no longer weigh or measure anything, no more logging or counting calories and I'm maintaining. On my last visit with her I hugged her and said "thanks for saving me." and I meant it. I have my life back thanks to the staff at Carolina Integrative Medicine, and you can too.”

JoAnn H.

“Would Not Go Anywhere Else. If you’re a woman who just hasn’t found the right doctor here it is. Specializing in women, but she sees men too. Love Love, Very thorough and goes the natural route before Rx.... Aimee Duffy you are a God Send and God has given you an amazing gift!!!”

Victoria S.

“I was sick for a pretty long time and no other doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. Dr. Duffy is now treating me for lymes disease. She is a wonderful doctor. A compassionate person. Her office staff and nurses are wonderful people as well. Highly recommend carolina integrated medicine”

Kathy N

“Amiee Duffy is the absolute best in the business. She truly cares about her patients.”

Kristie P

“For the first time in 10 years ( since first being diagnosed with Hashimoto's ...) I feel like there's hope and it is thanks to Dr. Duffy and her staff !!”

Julie B

“I finally feel like I have valid info in hand with my hormone test and a solid plan of attack thanks to Dr. Duffy!”

Nancy K

“They gave my life back to me.”

Kelli O

“I feel like a new person since I've been going there!”

Jane W

“Excellent doctors....very professional.....very pleased.”

Natalie M

“You could not ask for a more caring staff than the team at Carolina Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Duffy and her team provide truly personalized care to help you attain optimal health. This office is a gem!

Barbara S

“I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Duffy and the entire staff. They go out of their way to work with insurances, and spend a great deal of time keeping records accurate, detailed, and complete. My care has been excellent. Dr. Duffy has helped with some issues no other doctor in the area could improve. I love the integrative medicine approach and the personal time she gives.  I highly recommend this practice.”

Daniel B

“My wife and I love Carolina Integrative Medicine. Dr. Duffy and the entire staff are on their "A" game when it comes to your health. After many years of looking for a good OB/GYN, my wife discovered Carolina Integrative Medicine several years ago. She absolutely loves the homeopathic approach to health and wellness so this was a natural fit for my her. After numerous bad biometric readings from my Michelin health advocate, I decided to go to CIM and see what they could do for me. Dr. Duffy and the staff gave me lots of good advice and supplements and I have never felt better. We live in Anderson but gladly drive to Clemson to receive the best healthcare around.”

Heather A

“Dr. Duffy is extraordinary. She listens and makes treatment suggestions based on her knowledge and experience in assisting the body to function well on its own. The model of prescribing medications in the usual manner is not practiced with her. She is a doctor in the highest sense of the word. She is a great partner in the journey back to homeostasis. I deeply appreciate the care I have received with she and her team.”

Jenni T

“Dr. Duffy and her staff are amazing.  They truly care about my health.  I would HIGHLY recommend them!!”

Julianne P

This is a long overdue thank you to Dr. Duffy. I actually live in Colorado but started seeing her when I was on a trip to Clemson and wasn't feeling well. Instead of labeling my insomnia, fatigue and anxiety as simply depression, she got to the root of the problem and addressed it using holistic measures. I really like the fact that she exercises an integrative approach to medicine, and not just alternative or conventional medicine. She uses whatever approach is appropriate for your condition. Although I live in Colorado, I still consider her one of my best "go to" doctors; believe it or not, she still treats me from far away! I truly feel better than I have in a long time. Thanks again, Dr. Duffy.”