Women: How To Tell If You Have Balanced Hormones
Hormones – can’t live with them, can’t live without them!
Hormone excess or hormone deficiencies can wreak havoc on our lives. Even in our youth or prime of life, when everyone thinks our hormones should be in perfect order, we can still suffer from hormone imbalances.
Estrogen excess can manifest itself in a number of ways. Tender breasts, increase in PMS symptoms, fluid retention, tearfulness, and irregular bleeding can all indicate estrogen excess. Women with heavy menstrual cycles that last longer than a week, exaggerated premenstrual symptoms, headaches around menses, can usually be attributed to excess in estrogen. Usually addition of progesterone in the latter half of the menstrual cycle will help alleviate some of these symptoms. Women with endometriosis are often plagued with miserable, disabling pain, and severe menstrual cycles. Progesterone can be an answered prayer to help lessen the painful menstrual cycles.
Estrogen deficiency due to menopause- either natural or surgically induced can either be a mild process or a one that will leave your head spinning- literally. Hot flashes, night sweats, sleep deprivation, painful sex, and depressed mood can be just a few of the many effects of estrogen deficits. Bio identical hormone therapy can significantly alleviate many of these troublesome symptoms. Life (at least the affects that hormones can play) can once again be back to normal.
A hysterectomy doesn’t dictate which hormones are recommended or required anymore. While it was once mainstream to believe if you didn’t have a uterus, then progesterone was not needed. Now compounded bio identical progesterone is frequently used, and encouraged, along with estrogen replacement. Improved sleep, and the breast protective effects of progesterone are only a few of the benefits of progesterone. Improved mood and the calming effects of progesterone is also an added perk.
Excessive testosterone or a deficiency can produce a number of complaints with women. Elevated testosterone levels can cause dark coarse facial hair, acne, irregular cycles, weight gain, and sleep disruption. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (or PCOS) is a disorder that can cause infertility, insulin resistance, weight gain, and irregular cycles. An elevation in testosterone levels, along with some of the other symptoms described, can often help to diagnose PCOS. This is another syndrome that is also helped by the addition of compounded progesterone.
Testosterone deficiency can affect many women’s sense of wellbeing. Low testosterone levels can reduce sex drive, energy levels, and mood. Many women report enhanced libido and increase in sexual responsiveness with supplementation of testosterone cream.
As you can see, hormone levels can be all over the map. If you are lucky enough to have balanced hormones, count your blessings and enjoy the ride. May you be one of the lucky ones to breeze through menopause. If, however, you can relate to any of the symptoms above, you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance. Be comforted in the fact that there is help if you are walking through life enduring these symptoms. Come to Advanced Bioidentical Hormone Therapy today and let’s check your hormones. Let’s get you back to living the life you deserve.