Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
- Decreased sexual drive
- Loss of ability to achieve orgasm
- New onset of PMS
- Increased moodiness and/or irritability
- Recent weight gain
- Sleep disturbances
- Menstrual migraines – new onset
- Decreased energy
- Waking up tired
- Mental fogginess or forgetfulness
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Joint aches and pains
- Depression, loss of motivation
- Anxiety, nervousness
- Irregular or absent periods
These symptoms could all be due to hormone imbalance!
Hormone imbalance can also be called hormone deficiency. It results from the decline of female reproductive hormones. These hormones include estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Estrogen is the predominant female hormone. There are many forms of estrogen in the bloodstream. The major form is called estradiol. This is the good estrogen, and this decreases as women get closer to menopause. A breakdown product of estradiol is estrone. Estrone is also known as "old lady estrogen." Too much estrone can cause body fat to accumulate, especially in the mid-section, and can cause breast tenderness and drooping. Learn how to achieve the correct balance of high estradiol and low estrone.
Progesterone is an important hormone mainly during pregnancy. Progesterone is also required for the body to have regular menstrual cycles. Progesterone is used for post-menopausal hormone therapy if the women still has her uterus. This helps prevent bleeding as a side effect of hormone therapy.
Testosterone is usually thought of as the “male” hormone, but it is also present in the female body, to a much lower degree than in males. However, testosterone deficiency in women is being recognized as the cause of many of the above symptoms of hormone imbalance!
*Note: On March 27, 2014, we had a presentation and book signing by Dr. Kathy Maupin. Many people came to learn about Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome. Dr. Maupin's book, "The Secret Female Hormone" is for sale in our office, or available on amazon.com.
Causes of Hormone Imbalance
Most women think menopause is the only cause of hormone imbalance, but there are others. For example anorexia and other eating disorders can lead to hormone imbalance. Other causes include medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, adrenal gland diseases, side effects of medications and severe stress. Also, some of the above symptoms might be due to medical problems such as depression and are not necessarily due to a hormone imbalance, but they could be.
Hormonal imbalance can begin as early as age 35, many years before the onset of menopause! The decline in hormones, particularly testosterone can be so gradual that the symptoms above can be present for many years before they start to become noticeable. Menopause is the final stage, when the production of female hormones nearly ceases altogether. Interestingly, even after menopause, the body will still continue to produce testosterone, but to a much lower degree than before menopause.
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