Our Approach to Female Hormone Health
Women’s hormones influence health and wellness in powerful ways. Not only do they affect a woman’s mood and feelings, but imbalanced hormones also contribute to obesity, diabetes, infertility, high blood pressure and other serious health issues. In contrast, balanced hormones lead to increased vitality and an improved quality of life. Our approach to female hormone health embraces bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and assesses environmental and lifestyle factors that could be detrimental to wellness. We believe it is never too late to reverse hormone imbalances and that every woman can take charge of her health when given the right tools.
How Hormones Influence Women’s Health
Due to genetics, exposure to toxins, stress, improper eating, insufficient sleep and a multitude of other factors, hormone imbalances are increasingly common. As natural substances produced in the body, hormones help to relay messages between cells and organs and affect many bodily functions. The two main female sex hormones are estrogen and progesterone, which are both produced by the ovaries. Estrogen plays a critical role in puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, while progesterone works to prepare the lining of the uterus for a fertilized egg, support pregnancy and suppress estrogen after ovulation. These two hormones maintain a delicate balance that fluctuates throughout the course of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Reducing Diseases in Women Through Hormone Health
There is a litany of diseases that can be traced back to hormone imbalances. Osteoporosis, myocardial infarction, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are among the diseases linked to hormone imbalances. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Graves’ Disease (hyperthyroidism), Hashimoto’s Disease (hypothyroidism) and adrenal fatigue are also indicators of hormone imbalances. Symptoms of these diseases and of menopause can be significantly reduced and even reversed when steps are taken to rebalance hormone levels. Even though some symptoms of hormone imbalances may seem trivial, it is important to understand that serious conditions can develop as well.
Signs You May Have a Hormone Imbalance
Hormone imbalances can cause issues ranging from irritating symptoms to debilitating disorders. The symptoms a woman experiences are based on the disorder or illness the hormone imbalance has caused. Common symptoms of hormone imbalances include:
- Abnormal hair growth
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Anxiety or moodiness
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Unexplained weight loss
- Inability to lose weight
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty sleeping
- Vision problems
- Dry mouth
- Mood swings
- Decreased libido and vaginal dryness
- Brain fog or memory loss
- Hot flashes
The combination in which you experience these symptoms provides valuable insight into the exact hormonal disorder from which you may be suffering. Based on your unique symptoms and lab results, a diagnosis can be made and a personalized plan for healing developed.
Testing for Hormonal Imbalances
Testing for female hormonal imbalances can be accomplished through analyzing saliva, urine and/or blood. For menstruating women, the timing in which these tests occur is important since a woman’s hormones naturally fluctuate over the course of her monthly cycle. Menopausal women can have their hormones tested at any time. It is essential to test hormone levels to accurately prescribe the appropriate levels of bioidentical hormones. Undergoing hormone therapy without the guidance of a physician and proper testing can result in worsened hormone imbalances.
Your Personalized Hormone Balancing Plan from RevitaLife
Our approach to balancing hormones begins with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy but does not stop there. Rather, we ask questions about your lifestyle that could uncover additional exacerbations to your hormone health. Your personalized plan for hormone harmony may include changes to your sleep schedule, eating habits and work–life balance. Addressing stress and environmental toxins is important when it comes to balancing hormones. Schedule a consultation to start taking charge of your health. Call us today at 850.436.4444 to request an appointment.