Women can experience hormonal imbalances at any age; however, most women begin to experience hormonal decline in the mid to late 30’s or early 40’s. Hormonal imbalances can be caused due to stress, a poor diet, environmental factors, lack of sleep, smoking or alcohol, and poor nutrition. The hormones that most commonly begin to decline are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. While testosterone is thought to mainly be a male hormone, women do produce small amounts of testosterone in their adrenal glands, and it is important for maintaining libido, energy, and muscle mass.
Perimenopause is the period when estrogen and progesterone start to drop, and it usually occurs 4-6 years prior to menopause. Perimenopause can cause irregular periods, mood swings, acne, migraines, headaches, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, low libido, and fatigue. After several years of perimenopause and not having a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, menopause officially begins.
After menopause begins, many of the symptoms change and intensify, and new symptoms appear. During menopause, the ovaries have stopped producing significant amounts of estrogen and progesterone, and ideally, the adrenal glands are supposed to take over the production of these hormones. However, in most women, the adrenal glands are exhausted due to stress, lack of sleep, or a poor diet, and they cannot produce the necessary amounts of hormones. During menopause, a woman may experience symptoms such as weight gain, reduced libido, mood swings, insomnia, and hot flashes.
Bio-identical hormone replacement can reduce the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause and increase many functions in the body. Some of the benefits of bio-identical hormones may include:
Testosterone Replacement for Women
Women, like men, see a natural depletion of testosterone as they age. While today’s world filled with pollutants and convenient luxuries that can result in poor nutrition habits are speeding up that process – the same can be said for prescribed medication such as birth control pills, skin care products, and other beauty products. Though natural hormonal changes during the lifespan of a female are not likely to trigger severe symptoms, hormone imbalances are almost impossible for women to avoid in today’s society.
Issues like weight gain, loss of appetite, early menopause, and depression can all be attributed to a hormonal imbalance that can negatively affect a women’s quality-of-life.
Signs of Low Testosterone
Females affected by a hormonal imbalance may suffer from the following symptoms, among others:
What Can Be Done?
After a medical professional properly associates a female’s symptoms with a hormonal imbalance, they may recommend Biodentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Not only have studies proven that BHRT can rid a female of the symptoms identified above, but they have also proven that women using BHRT have fewer visible signs of aging, and are: 30 percent less likely to be inflicted with colon cancer, 50 percent less at risk of a stroke or heart attack, and 80 percent less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s. We understand that a patient will be sensitive of their symptoms. As such, they will respectfully address your situation through taking the necessary means and precautions in order to properly treat you and improve your qualify-of-life to.