Managing Female Hormone Health

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Female Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

Women’s life expectancy is now 83 years of age on average, which means women are likely to live nearly half of their lives after menopause.
While menopause is a natural process, the rapid aging side effects that can accompany changes in hormone levels can be avoided. There are healthful and safe ways to reclaim the vitality of your youth. Live longer, be attractive, and age gracefully into your 90’s and beyond.

The first step is to identify the symptoms:

  • Menstrual Changes
  • Weight Gain
  • Hot Flashes / Night Sweats
  • Sleeplessness
  • Unwanted Hair Growth
  • Thinning Skin
  • Depression
  • Bone Loss

Imbalance Effects on the Body

When a woman has not had a period for twelve consecutive months she is considered to be post-menopausal. Hormone levels do not suddenly drop at menopause, gradual changes occur for as long as 12 years prior to menopause.
These years are known as peri-menopause and during this time progesterone levels begin to drop significantly. Estrogen levels also change but rarely in balance with the change in progesterone levels. Progesterone and Estrogen are like two sides of a teeter totter…they need to be in balance for the body to function optimally. Estrogen Dominance is common during peri-menopause and leads to mood changes, hot flashes, irritability and memory loss. Persistant Estrogen Dominance is a risk factor for certain types of cancer.

If the adrenal system (which secretes Cortisol and DHEA) is out of balance, women may also experience problems with nervous and immune systems, and blood sugar irregularities. These irregularities can also contribute to cardiovascular health risk.

Process forTesting & Treatment

Initial salivary testing and follow-up salivary monitoring are crucial for determining the most optimal treatment program. Salivary testing allows you to measure your unbound or bioavailable hormone levels, which is not possible with blood testing. Because of the complexity of the hormone system, issues that arise rarely stem from just one hormone. If there is a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland, it can cause other glandular systems to participate and soon throw off the body’s entire system.
The Comprehensive Hormone Panel is an excellent starting place for evaluating hormone function in the body. This panel measures both reproductive (sex) and adrenal hormones. The Comprehensive Panel will test the following hormones:

  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA
  • Cortisol (Twice a day, AM/PM)
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