Women’s Hormonal Balance & Imbalance

A woman’s physical, emotional and psychological health is best when her hormones are balanced.

Hormones are responsible for keeping a woman’s body systems functioning at peak levels. Hormones maintain all bodily processes and heavily influence her mood and psychological well being.

Hormones do not work independently. One hormones need to be balanced for a woman’s body to function at its best. When hormones are not balanced, the various systems in women’s bodies become stressed and various physical and emotional symptoms are experienced.

A number of factors can cause a woman’s hormones to be out of balance at different times in her life; but menopause is probably the most notable. Menopause is primarily about hormone levels diminishing with age and creating hormonal imbalances.

Facts About Hormonal Imbalance:

  • Hormone imbalance is part of the normal aging process, but today it can be managed and restored to youthful levels.

  • For women, hormone imbalance primarily affects estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, DHEA, and cortisol.

  • The interaction of hormones controls the entire chemistry of the body. Any hormone imbalance can lead to serious health complications, including chronic illnesses such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

  • Balanced hormone levels equates to optimal quality of life. Most of us remember feeling our healthiest in our younger years. That is because when we are young our hormones are balanced, and they are at healthy levels.

  • Today fortunately, getting older does not mean being sentenced to a lower quality of life.

Estrogen Dominance Problems for perimenopause and menopause.

Historically, physicians have focused solely on estrogen when combating the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.  If a woman showed symptoms of menopause, it was assumed that she was estrogen deficient.   As a result, physicians prescribed estrogen alone for the treatment of perimenopause and menopause symptoms.  Ironically, this treatment often made symptoms worse.

Throughout a woman’s life and during perimenopause and menopause, progesterone is every bit as important as estrogen.  In fact, a specific balance of estrogen and progesterone is necessary.  Too much or too little of either, and most women will have unwanted physiological and emotional symptoms.

This is particularly important for perimenopausal women, because progesterone levels drop off much earlier than estrogen levels during perimenopause.  In other words, many perimenopausal women still have plenty of estrogen in their systems.  For these women, their symptoms are actually caused by inadequate levels of progesterone—a condition known as estrogen dominance.  If a doctor prescribes estrogen for these women without progesterone, their symptoms will actually get worse.  In fact, most perimenopausal women do not need to take estrogen at all to alleviate their symptoms.  They just need progesterone.

Estrogen dominance in menopausal women is created when they are prescribed estrogen alone, without progesterone.  The exact same phenomenon occurs, whether a woman is still producing her own estrogen, or whether estrogen is replaced.  She is likely to feel worse than she did before she started estrogen therapy.  Menopausal women who need estrogen must have progesterone, as well, if their symptoms are to be alleviated.

Beyond that, it comes down to finding the proper dosage of progesterone, or progesterone combined with estrogen, that is needed to bring any particular woman’s hormones into balance.

Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance:

Key hormones such as estrogen and thyroid are sometimes referred to as the “feel good hormones” for women. These important hormones (and others) begin to decline when a woman is in her mid to late 20’s and they continue to decline for the remainder of her life. This decline causes hormone imbalance, and leads to the many symptoms women experience as they enter menopause. Hormone imbalance can also make it harder to fight off illness. The following are some of the symptoms women experience as a consequence of menopause, and the unbalanced hormones that come with it:

  • Hot Flashes

  • Mood Instability - (including Depression, Anxiety, Irritability)

  • Memory Loss

  • Fatigue

  • Osteoporosis

  • Hair Loss

  • Low Sex Drive

  • Insomnia

  • Vaginal Dryness

  • Skin Changes

  • Weight Gain

What Is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?

Renew Rx has teamed up with Anti-Aging Specialist Dr. Fong to listen to how you are feeling, and note the symptoms you describe. Then he will pair what you tell him with where your hormone levels are presently (determined via lab testing). Dr. Fong uses this information as a basis for working with you to create an individualized hormone treatment program (using only bio-identical hormones) designed to help you find your balance again.

Combined with a healthy diet and adequate levels of physical activity, hormone replacement can yield results in as little as 2 weeks.

Contact us to learn more about hormone imbalance and how Renew Rx and Dr. Fong can design a safe and effective treatment program uniquely suited to your needs.

You can text or call us at (310) 748-3667, to request a consultation.