As a woman, you’re used to seeing your hormones fluctuate during pregnancy, your menstrual cycle, or menopause. What you may not know is that hormone imbalances can happen at any time. Hormone imbalances can cause fatigue, weight gain, inability to concentrate, low energy levels, and other problems. Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy can restore your balance.
Signs of Hormone Imbalance in Women
Your hormones regulate nearly all bodily functions. They also help to control your moods, your sleep cycles, and your mental clarity. If you’re feeling foggy and out of control, a hormone imbalance may be to blame. To function at peak health, you need the right balance of all of your hormones.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of hormone imbalance in women:
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Fatigue is one hallmark of hormone imbalance. If your thyroid isn’t producing enough hormones, your body won’t have the energy you need to get through the day. You’ll find it hard to concentrate at work or at home. If your energy is low, your low hormone levels could be the cause.
Loss of libido
Drops in estrogen and progesterone reduce your sex drive. Loss of your female hormones can have far-reaching consequences. When your body stops producing estrogen, you can experience vaginal dryness, incontinence, frequent urinary tract infections, and other problems related to your sexual health.
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Hormone imbalances can cause high levels of cortisol and insulin to flood your system. This combination frequently leads to bloating and weight gain. You may have low levels of progesterone and testosterone, which are the hormones that can help you maintain muscle. You’ll find it difficult to lose weight despite dieting and exercising.
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Estrogen helps your body produce serotonin, which is the feel-good hormone. Loss of this hormone can depress your mood. Depression and anxiety make it hard to focus on your work, family or personal relationships. Many women find they become increasingly depressed as they approach menopause.
Inability to sleep
Sleep disorder is common among women with hormone imbalances. Many women who never had trouble sleeping suddenly find sleep elusive when they get pregnant or reach menopause. You may find you don’t fall asleep until the early morning hours. Maybe you feel tired all day, even if you slept all night. Increases in the stress hormone cortisol and drops in progesterone can both contribute to sleep disturbances.
There is a strong link between memory and levels of testosterone in your system. We all forget things and experience “senior moments,” but if your hormone levels are low, you’ll have more of these moments. Lack of sleep, depression, and fatigue all contribute to your inability to focus.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you’re probably struggling to accomplish everything you want to in a day. f you want to feel your best at work, at home, and at play, call us at 305-681-1818 to learn more about hormone replacement therapy.
How Are Hormone Imbalances in Women Treated?
The best way to treat the symptoms of hormone imbalance in women is with safe, clinically proven hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones.
Research has shown this course of treatment can:
- Reduce the number and severity of hot flashes.
- Eliminate bloating and make weight loss easier.
- Prevent osteoporosis or bone loss.
- Enhance your sex drive.
- Improve your overall health.
- Boost your concentration.
- Improve your mood.
- Restore normal sleep patterns.
Although there are a variety of hormone remedies and quick cures promising miraculous results, the most effective (and safest) method of returning you to good health is with the use of medically supervised treatment that includes precision dosing to avoid unwanted side effects.
What Causes Hormone Imbalance?
There are many things that can cause your hormones to swing wildly. Some of these factors can include:
You experience hormonal swings as soon as you get pregnant. Your levels of estrogen, progesterone and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) get extremely during pregnancy. These high levels are necessary to help your body support your baby, but they can also deprive your body of other important hormones.
Most women are familiar with menopause. It’s when your body stops producing most hormones. Typically, you enter menopause in your 50s. Before that, however, you go through the transitional period known as perimenopause.
The symptoms of perimenopause and menopause include hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, inability to sleep, headaches, and loss of sex drive. Hormone replacement is the only way to reverse these symptoms.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an illness that affects your ovaries’ ability to produce hormones. Healthy women produce healthy eggs each month during menstruation. If you have PCOS, your eggs don’t develop properly. Known as “ovarian insufficiency,” this condition causes extreme hormone swings. Symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstrual cycles, dry skin, weight gain, bloating, and mood swings.
Thyroid problems can cause fatigue and muscle weakness. You may find it hard to lose weight despite exercising and dieting. Women are more likely to have an underactive thyroid than men are, and the chances increase as you age. If you frequently feel cold and have trouble losing weight, you could have an underactive thyroid. Hormone replacement therapy can restore your levels of thyroxine and triiodothyronine, which are the thyroid hormones.
Many research studies have linked lifestyle factors to hormone levels. They include, but aren’t limited to:
Diet can affect your body’s hormone production. There is evidence that eating high amounts of meat or dairy products that contain hormones can affect your body’s hormone levels. (1)
Lack of Exercise
Exercise can help you control your insulin and cortisol levels. Exercise can reduce bloating, improve your mood and help you sleep better. One six-month study found that women who exercised were able to significantly reduce their levels of insulin and cortisol. (2)
Studies have found that meditation and other forms of stress relief can improve hormone balance. One study found that several weeks of massage therapy helped women balance their hormones. These women had low levels of cortisol and high levels of the mood-enhancing hormones dopamine and serotonin. (3)
Exposure to toxins
Estrogen overload is a serious problem among women and men. Exposure to toxins can cause excessively high estrogen levels. Toxic estrogens from plastic water bottles, home cleaning chemicals, pesticides and personal care products can also cause estrogen overload. Hormone replacement therapy can get your estrogen back to safe, healthy levels.
Birth control affects the amount and type of hormones your body produces. Many women who take birth control report symptoms that include mood swings, weight gain, acne, and weight gain. Many women experience breakthrough bleeding and other symptoms of hormone imbalance.
Are There Natural Remedies for Hormone Imbalance in Women?
There are a number of things a woman can do to improve her hormone levels naturally.
The following can help naturally balance your hormone levels:
- Reduce your stress levels through yoga, meditation, and massage therapy.
- Reduce your alcohol intake.
- Add healthy fats to your diet.
- Build muscle through resistance exercises.
- Eat a largely plant-based diet.
These natural remedies can help, but they don’t produce truly life-changing results in as short a time as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with bioidentical hormones can achieve.
Treating Hormone Imbalances in Women Under 40
Women can suffer hormone swings throughout their lives. You are not immune if you’re in your 30s or even your 20s. Hormone shifts can cause fatigue, bloating, mood swings, trouble concentrating, and infertility. Fortunately, HRT can help you at any age.
Increasingly, women around their forties are continuing to menstruate and take birth control regularly. The chemicals used in these medications can absolutely affect the efficacy and results of any type of hormone therapy. It is precisely for this reason that we dedicate so much time and effort monitoring and adjusting the therapies our patients undertake to ensure not only fast, effective outcomes, but also to keep hormone levels within “normal” ranges to avoid unwanted side effects or the creation of unforeseen complications.
Treating Hormone Imbalances for Women Over 40
Typically, women over the age of 40 begin to experience and notice the effects of hormone imbalance as your body struggles to cope with the body’s naturally changing chemistry. These levels continue to drop until you go through menopause. Along the way, you may experience many symptoms associated with hormone swings. Starting hormone therapy now can prevent some of the worst symptoms of hormone loss.
Menopause symptoms can make your life miserable. Embarrassing hot flashes interrupt your workday or social outings. Sleep disturbances can make you forgetful and irritable. Anger and mood swings are common symptoms of menopause.
Menopause can be emotionally difficult. Many women suffer psychologically when they hit menopause They feel less womanly and less attractive as they enter this phase of life. Thinning hair, dry skin, weight gain, and a loss of libido can compound those emotions. Many women report crying more frequently and feeling higher levels of depression.
If you’re a woman in menopause, there’s no need to live with these symptoms. You can step into this new phase of life while feeling your best physically, emotionally, and sexually.
What Are the Benefits To Hormone Therapy for Hormone Imbalance?
Lifestyle changes and oral supplements take a long time to work. Although they are relatively safe, they have been known to produce mild changes that can be helpful. Additionally, they often aren’t prescribed to address the underlying conditions. Medically supervised hormone replacement therapy works quickly and produces dramatic results while avoiding embarrassing, costly complications. In just a few short weeks, it is absolutely possible to feel renewed and invigorated.
Hormone therapy is a proven treatment that works quickly to restore your hormone balance and help you feel your vibrant, healthy best. At HealthGAINS, we offer treatments that are:
- Safe, proven, and medically supervised.
- Completely natural.
- Free of additives or fillers.
- Made of pure bioidentical hormones.
It can be difficult for any woman to manage the changes in body chemistry that typically come as part of the aging process. Fortunately, with advances in medicine and science, we now have the opportunity to manage these age-related maladies with safe, proven treatments that not only address the symptoms but also the underlying condition as well.
If you find that you are suffering from any of the symptoms above or are just interested in staving off these age-related, and completely avoidable, issues as you age, we encourage you to give us a call today at 305-682-1818. Our dedicated team of Wellness Advisors is happy to answer any lingering questions you may have and can help get you set up with your first appointment. Call today.
- Shape: Five Reasons Your Food Could Be Messing With Your Hormones.
- Neuroendocrinology Letters: Six Months Training Alone or Combined with Diet Alters Plasma and Adipose Tissue Adiponectin.
- International Journal of Neuroscience: Cortisol Decreases and Serotonin and Dopamine Increase Following Massage Therapy.