How Hormones Effect Your Brain

Lisa Lilienfield, MD

Lisa Lilienfield, MD

Lisa Lilienfield, MD

Women's Health and Functional Medicine Specialist

Do you wonder why your cycles are changing as you get older?

Do you wonder why your mood, energy, and physique changes as you approach or go through menopause?

Could fatigue, pain and depression be related to your hormones?

Hormones are linked physiologically to natural cycles of life, i.e. childhood, teen, motherhood, perimenopause and menopause. When hormones become out of balance we may experience depression or anxiety, sleeplessness and weight gain.

What you’ll learn from Dr. Lilienfield:

  • The normal cycles of female hormones and how they affect your brain from young life through menopause

  • How hormones, digestion, diet, inflammation, sleep, environmental toxins and lifestyle are all intricately related

  • Secretes to how to adapt to this natural transformation throughout life with ease, resiliency and good health

Meet Lisa Lilienfield, MD

Lisa Lilienfield, M.D., is board-certified in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Lilienfield also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine’s Department of Community and Family Medicine. At the Kaplan Center, Dr. Lilienfield has developed an expertise in both Women’s Health and Sports Medicine. Many of Dr. Lilienfield’s patients are women who are trying to conceive and come to see Dr. Lilienfield for acupuncture, hormone replacement therapy, and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. Dr. Lilienfield’s practice also includes treating men for testosterone deficiency. In addition to providing conventional gynecological services, Dr. Lilienfield provides women with counseling and treatment for hormonal imbalances through the use of natural hormone replacement (bio-identical hormones) and alternative thyroid medications.

In Dr. Lisa’s words, “My goal is to help my patients get well by finding a balance in life — not just physically, but in mind, body and spirit. I look at each patient’s medical history, family history, medications, sleep problems, adrenal and other endocrine problems. We do a thorough workup and develop a treatment plan. Sometimes relatively simple changes can radically improve a patient’s health!”

Dr. Lilienfield is a graduate from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in family medicine. She studied acupuncture at the University of California’s Los Angeles School of Medicine Extension. She has also completed coursework at the Institute of Functional Medicine.

What other people have to say:

Dr. Lisa Lilienfield has treated me for chronic sinus infections, shoulder and hip pain, the side effects of breast-cancer treatment, regular OB-GYN check-ups, depression, and menopausal issues.  The services I’ve received include basic check-ups, manipulation, acupuncture, physical therapy, craniosacral treatment, lymphatic drainage therapy.  The Kaplan Center has been my “touchstone” for health and wellness for over two decades. For any issues of concern for my well-being, the Kaplan Center has provided just the right care. Their holistic approach has supported me in all areas: body, mind and spirit! I feel truly cared for and listened to at each visit. ~ M. W

Dr. Lisa is the only doctor who has taken care of my hypothyroidism. She is knowledgeable and keeps up with the latest information. ~S. M.

Meet a recent patient of mine, a 35 year female with a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which involves an overproduction of testosterone and can result in weight gain, infertility, and diabetes.  She was having trouble getting pregnant, felt anxious and had trouble sleeping. Her cortisol and blood sugar was high, thyroid function low, and her sleep study showed several awakenings. She was placed on a thyroid supplement that had active T3 hormone, a supplement with nutrients to support her thyroid, an adrenal supplement that lowered her cortisol and improved her sleep, and a diet low in wheat and sugar. She started an exercise program, yoga and meditation program. She lost 10 pounds, her mood and sleep improved and she was able to get pregnant.