The female reproductive organs, the primary focus of gynecology, are intimately connected to every other organ system in the body. They communicate and exchange information through the release and circulation of hormones and signaling molecules. In fact, literally every cell in your body, regardless of its primary function, has cellular and nuclear receptors for estrogen, the hormone most often associated with reproduction – and rarely with anything else. Yet estrogen, controls energy utilization throughout the body and is key to brain health, heart health, digestive health, proper weight control, immune system health, as well as reproductive health.
Given this interconnected complexity, it only makes sense to view gynecologic issues in an integrative, whole-body manner. This is precisely what we do at IMGI. We consider all the factors impacting traditional female issues, and then we treat them on a systemic level. Consequently, we begin with advanced testing to get an accurate picture of your true, overall health status. Next, working in partnership with you and being sensitive to your preferences, we develop a treatment plan that may consist of a combination of nutritional therapies, herbal supplementation, physical activity recommendations, stress and sleep management therapies, homeopathy, acupuncture, intermittent fasting programs, and bioidentical hormones. Only in extreme circumstances, when safer alternatives are not effective, do we recommend pharmaceuticals or surgery.
Dr. Gersh is uniquely qualified to deliver this type of superlative care, as she is one of only a small handful of Board-Certified OB/GYNs, who are also fellowship-trained and Board-Certified in Integrative Medicine. With this comes an expanded understanding of the female body in its entirety and a far greater array of therapies upon which to draw. Her expertise with gynecological problems includes: breast concerns and lowering breast cancer risk, infertility, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, chronic vaginitis, interstitial cystitis and pelvic pain syndromes, menstrual irregularity and cramps, painful intercourse, loss of sexual interest and response, menopausal issues, and PMS, among others.