Functional Medicine

Functional medicine takes a more personalized, holistic approach to your health and wellness than what we’re used to seeing practiced in traditional, Western medicine. Rather than just treating individual symptoms, Functional Medicine dives deep into your body as a whole. It’s all about understanding your unique body, your lifestyle, and how everything interacts to affect your health.

You are more than just a collection of symptoms. You are a unique, individual person with your own way of living your life. This needs to be taken into consideration if we’re going to figure out what’s really going on with your health. This approach helps us figure out what’s really going on beneath the surface, addressing the root causes of diseases rather than just the surface issues.

With Functional Medicine, we move away from outdated acute-care models currently being practiced in much of the world and instead become detectives dedicated to truly unraveling the causes of chronic disease and illness. Not only that…you don’t have to wait for problems to arise. Functional Medicine allows you to be proactive and take an active role in supporting your health and wellness (and preventing disease from arising in the future).

How is functional medicine different?

Functional Medicine takes a more holistic and patient-centered approach to your health and wellness and seeks to address your health issues from the root. Here’s how.

It looks for root causes for illness rather than addressing individual symptoms

Unlike in traditional, Western medicinal practices, where practitioners focus on symptom management and treating disease through medication and surgery, Functional Medicine looks to tackle your health issues at the root. While these treatments can be effective, it is much better to identify the cause for your symptoms and disease and address it from the root.

It takes a more holistic approach to your health rather than treating each system of the body separately

In Western practices, you will be sent to different specialists to address problems in different areas of your body. Typically, there will be a different doctor that has expertise in a specific organ or system. Functional Medicine focuses more on interconnectedness and believes in treating the whole person rather than just isolated symptoms

Patient-centered care.

The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.

It integrates the best medical practices from both Western and Eastern medicine

Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered alternative” or integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. Reprinted and Adapted from The Institute for Functional Medicine:

It has an integrative, science-based healthcare approach.

Functional medicine practitioners look upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.

We’re here for you, no matter who you are

Reproductive Wellness is proud to offer fertility services to LGBT families in Southern California and beyond. We believe that you deserve to have the family you’ve been dreaming of. We welcome all family types regardless of marital status or sexual orientation.

We offer individualized treatment plans that are designed to give you the best chance at growing your family. Every individual who comes to our office is treated with dignity and respect, as a whole and unique person, and offered quality services to achieve their goal of parenthood.

Some of the services we offer that will help you become a parent:

  • Pre-conception wellness to aid and support your IVF or IUI journey
  • Fertility concerns including hormone regulation
  • Fertility support for surrogacy
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Let us help you get ready to have YOUR baby! We’re ready for you to feel welcome, supported, and confident in your journey to become parents and grow your family.