Feeling Stressed? Consider Autonomic Nervous System Testing

As we continue to make our way through the Coronavirus pandemic we are hearing from many of our guests that they feel their levels of stress and anxiety has increased.  You may know that long periods of stress and anxiety can leave you feeling tired and worn out, but did you know that it can have serious long-term effects on your health?

Because the “fight or flight” response that is manifested through stress and anxiety is so powerful, it can cause your body to react in extreme ways. Typically, patients who are exhibiting symptoms of long-term, chronic stress will often complain of:

  • Headaches
  • Low energy
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea or constipation
  • Chest pain
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of sexual desire

A powerful side effect of stress and anxiety can be a break down of the body’s immune system. Something none of us need as we work to avoid COVID-19. 

One test that can help us get a look into a guest’s nervous system Autonomic Nervous System Test or ANS. There’s a lot to know about this test, and we’ve provided a pretty comprehensive look at it on our website where we answer questions like:

What is the Autonomic Nervous System?

The ANS is comprised of the nerves that control the function of the internal organs including our heart, intestines, stomach, bladder, sexual organs, and sweat glands. The ANS plays an essential role in keeping the body’s internal environment optimal via monitoring and maintaining proper temperature, electrolyte balance, blood glucose, blood oxygen concentration, blood carbon dioxide concentration, pH, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate to name a few. As you can see, the nervous system is complex and the ANS plays a huge role in keeping us alive and healthy.

What is an ANS Test?

An ANS test is a simple, painless, and essentially effortless test that we perform in our office. This test consists of having you sit down and place your feet on metal plate. There is also a component where you have your blood pressure monitored. Your heart rate and vascular health can easily be assessed with a pulse ox device on your finger while you perform different breathing patterns. It takes less than 15 minutes and is painless and non-invasive while providing us with important information.

Why is an ANS Performed?

We perform ANS testing because of the vast amount of information it gives us. ANS testing looks at ANS activity, mental stress, vascular health, insulin resistance, and sudomotor function. We get individual scores for each of these components of the ANS and are then able to assess these areas individually. ANS testing allows us to identify areas of the ANS that could be improved on and help you optimize your health.

What Are the Benefits of an ANS Test?

The main benefit of this test is the early detection of ANS diseases, damage, and dysfunction. Since the ANS is not a system that is easily observed, early detection of dysfunction can enable medical providers to help you make changes in your life to prevent disease or early death. Every disease state affects the ANS in some way and this testing helps us identify early, subtle signs of disease.

How Often Should I Get an ANS Test?

Generally, we recommend having an ANS test performed once per year, usually during your Complete Health Assessment prior to your annual. There are some circumstances where the frequency of ANS testing is increased and if necessary, your provider will discuss this with you.

How Much Does an ANS Test Cost?

Here at the Wright Center for Woman’s Health, we bill your insurance for the cost of the ANS test. Since we see so much value in this test and the powerful information we receive, we make the ANS test available to all of our guests at no out of pocket cost to them.

Methyl Factors Plus

Methylation is a biochemical process that impacts the body’s ability to regulate cardiovascular, neurological, reproductive, and detoxification systems. Unfortunately, the nutrients needed for the methylation process are nearly impossible to get from the average American diet, mainly due to the abundance of processed foods and the loss of nutrients in our soil.
When taken daily, METHYL FACTORS+ provides five essential methylation nutrients—methylfolate (5-MTHF), active B6, active B2, active methyl B12, and betaine—in their most bioavailable forms. One of methylation’s most important roles in the body is keeping homocysteine levels in check. Homocysteine is a common amino acid in your blood. Maintaining a desirable level of homocysteine is one of the leading biomarkers for the maintenance of good cardiovascular health. Preventing an undesirable homocysteine level is also associated with the maintenance of bone, female reproductive, cognitive, and neurological health.
Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

ADK 5 & 10

ADK combines vitamin K2, A, and D3, and features the most bioavailable and bioactive forms of vitamin D3 available. This kind of vitamin D3 is the identical form that is derived in the body from cholesterol and synthesized by sunlight on the skin. Studies have confirmed the safety and efficacy of vitamin D for bone, immune, and heart health.
Osteocalcin is a protein that assists with remodeling our bones by both reabsorbing older bone and laying down new healthy bone. Vitamin D3, the “sunshine vitamin,” is vital in producing osteocalcin. However, D3 needs help from vitamin K2, a cofactor that is essential to the bone-strengthening process. Vitamin A supports these two vitamins, as well as the immune system and a healthy heart.

When taken daily, ADK 5 and 10 promotes the positive effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and may help maintain normal bone strength.

Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

How Does COVID-19 Affect Pregnant Women and New Moms?

Our Women’s Health Nurse Practioner, Emilie, recently reviewed the recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and Center for Disease Control regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy. She recently took the time to sit down and answer some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve heard. 

By now, we know COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by Coronavirus, with symptoms appearing as shortness of breath, fever, and a cough. There are some stomach problems that can appear, but the main symptoms are shortness of breath, fever, and cough.

One of the questions we’ve heard a lot is “Do pregnant women have a higher risk of becoming infected with COVID-19?” The CDC and ACOG say that pregnant women don’t have a more severe chance than the general public to contract COVID-19, but there’s still a lot of research that still needs to be done.

ACOG, the CDC and the Wright Center for Women’s Health all recommend pregnant patients take the same standard precautions as others, such as: 

  • Washing their hands
  • Wearing a cloth mask when out in public
  • Staying home as much as possible
  • Staying away from sick individuals
  • Taking prenatal vitamins

Can COVID Affect a Fetus? 

There is nothing to suggest that COVID-19 can be vertically transferred to the baby when they’re still in the womb. There have been some pre-term births associated with moms who tested positive for COVID-19, but it’s not likely that COVID has been transferred to the baby during pregnancy. 

Will COVID-19 Affect My Prenatal Care & Postpartum Visits?

Depending on where you get prenatal care, the care may differ. However, The Wright Center For Women’s health is still open for essential visits and prenatal care. We are offering telehealth visits for patients, so they don’t even have to leave their homes. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider and ensuring their plans for prenatal care and postpartum visits. 

Will This Affect The Labor & Delivery Policy? 

The labor and delivery policy will vary depending on where you’re planning to give birth. At The Wright Center For Women’s Health, we suggest reaching out to your desired facility as close to the due date as possible for the latest information as far as the visitor policy goes. The policies are everchanging during this time, so it’s important to reach out to them as soon as you can before your baby arrives so you have the latest information.

I Think I Have COVID-19 & I’m Pregnant…What Do I Do? 

If you believe you have COVID-19 or Coronavirus, call your healthcare provider, or call us as soon as possible. Our center offers telehealth visits and we can triage you before you come in. Our team will have everything set up for you before you arrive, have a test ready for you, and we can help you out.

However, if you have an emergency, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath,  please call 9-1-1 and seek help right away. 

Should I Change My Labor & Delivery Plans? 

The labor and delivery policies at hospitals are constantly changing. We suggest reaching out to the desired facility about their labor and delivery rules. As of right now, there is no consensus about which method of delivery – vaginal or cesarean section is safest for women who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, we suggest sticking to your desired birth plan to welcome your little one. 

Is A Home Birth Safer For My Baby & I?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists don’t recommend having a home birth, simply because there are always additional risks to labor and delivery that can be unexpected. It would be best and we really recommend you deliver your new baby in a hospital. 

Can I Still Breastfeed My Baby? 

As of right now, nothing suggests that COVID-19 is affecting breast milk. It is still important, now more than ever to breastfeed new babies, because it provides them with so many antibodies to help them fight infections.

How Can I Avoid Passing COVID-19 To My Newborn?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are symptomatic but haven’t been diagnosed yet and have a new little one, it’s important to take the same precautions as anyone else would, but strengthen them a bit. 

  • Wash your hands every chance you get
  • Wear a mask while breastfeeding
  • Make sure the baby isn’t exposed to anyone else
  • Wash your hands before and after touching your breast pump
  • Stay clean as much as possible 

What If I Have Other Questions? 

We hope this answered your questions, but if you have any more questions, we encourage you to reach out to us, your healthcare provider or your hospital. The Wright Center For Women’s Health is still open for essential visits, including prenatal visits and telehealth visits. 

Please let us know if you would like to speak to one of our healthcare professionals or schedule a visit with us. Follow us on social media and check out our blog for more information on the Coronavirus, our services, and how we’re staying safe. Stay safe and well!

Multi-Strain Probiotic

Multi-Strain Probiotic helps replenish and support healthy bacteria in your microbiome. The microbiome plays a vital role in the recycling and metabolizing of hormones, including thyroid hormones and estrogen. It contains 20 billion active cultures per capsule and supports the digestive tract and immune function of individuals under stress.

Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

DIM SGS+

DIM SGS+ contains extracts from broccoli and pomegranate that provide support for the healthy utilization of estrogen in both men and women. Too much estrogen can cause significant damage to our bodies. Studies have shown that people with high levels of estrogen have a higher risk of increased weight gain, bloating, water retention, or worse.
DIM is short for diindolylmethane. This compound is derived from cruciferous vegetables and helps promote hormone balance. When taken daily, BioTE DIM SGS+ can support weight management and breast, uterine, cervical, and prostate health. It is an ideal combination of diindolylmethane (DIM), sulforaphane (SGS), and pomegranate extract. These ingredients stimulate efficient metabolism for estrogen, meaning they help regulate the ratio of healthy to less healthy estrogen. A healthy estrogen metabolism may protect estrogensensitive issue and support detoxification and neutralization of harmful estrogen metabolites.
Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

Supplements

Did you know that The Wright Center for Women’s Health offers supplements that are available for our guests? We have a variety of different supplements available for purchase:
DIM SGS+
Multi-Strain Probiotics
ADK 5 & 10
Methyl Factors+
Arterosil HP
Omega 3 + CoQ10
Iodine+
Curcumin-SF
Each week we will be posting about one of these unique supplements! If you are interested in purchasing any of these click here or call the office today. We can also mail them to you!

ISCG World Congress & COVID-19

Dr. Wright has recently returned from Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she attended the ISCG International Society of Cosmetogynecology Cosmetic Gyn World Congress. She is very thankful for her time there and learning about all the latest technology and up to date care enhancing options that we get to provide. We are anxious to get started on these cutting edge technologies and would love to talk about the latest and greatest in this blog but of course there is a much more pressing issue amongst us.

Please be assured that The Wright Center is closely following the outbreak in relation to our guests, employees, their families and communities. We continue to review guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as our local governments and hospital health systems recommendations. We have been quite vigilant in our attempts to keep our office a “safe zone” as we are currently remaining open as we closely monitor the detection and spread of COVID-19. We would like to share with you some of the many precautions we have implemented and plan to implement as this pandemic continues to unfold:

  • We are practicing social distancing to the best of our ability while still servicing those in need.
  • We are limiting the number of staff that we have in the office at any one time.
  • Our team is rotating with taking paid time off to help limit the number of people in the office.
  • Those team members who are able to work from home are doing so.
  • We have suspended most, if not all in person gatherings and are meeting virtually when possible.
  • We are working to implement Telemedicine to perform virtual consultations and triaging by phone when needed.
  • All those with possible exposure to or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are being told to not come to the office and call to let us know.
  • We are outfitting ourselves with appropriate personal protective equipment for employees and guests.
  • We will now take a temperature with all vitals on all guests.
  • We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our office. Now we have been extra vigilant with cleaning after each guest paying extra attention to high touch areas such as doors, door knobs, counter tops and faucet handles.
  • Our Leadership Team has daily remote meetings to stay on top of the latest events and implementations to all stay on the same page to ultimately keep you, our team, families and community safe.

As this situation rapidly evolves, we will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and notify you if there is any further change in our operations that could affect how we may serve you.

At this time, our team is still readily available to answer any questions, comments, concerns and definitely open to suggestions. Please reach out to us at 630-687-9595 or online. We are eager and grateful to be able to work together with you to provide a safe environment for all.

On behalf of the entire team at The Wright Center for Women’s Health, we wish you and your family good health and continued well-being.

Stay Safe

 

The Wright Center for Women’s Health

Exercise At Your Desk

These days, it seems like everyone is working more hours and using the old “no-time-to-exercise” excuse more than ever. But what if you could actually work out at work? Click here to see some quick workouts that can be done at your desk!

COVID-19 Update

The Wright Center for Women’s Health remains open as we closely monitor the detection and spread of Coronavirus-19. There is no need to cancel your appointment unless you are sick with fever, cough, or having trouble breathing. If you are sick with these symptoms, please do not come to the office and call us to let us know at (630) 687-9595. If you have reason to think you might have been exposed to Coronavirus, do not come to the office – please contact us at (630) 687-9595. Please click here for more information.