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Hormonal imbalance in a very common condition affecting women of all ages. When the hormones in your body are not present in normal amounts, all sorts of problems can occur. Hormones regulate many bodily functions and systems, making them a crucial part of your health. The good news is hormonal imbalance is treatable, and once hormones are properly regulated, you can return to your best health. Here’s what you need to know about hormonal imbalance.
Signs You May Have Hormonal Imbalance
If you have any one or a combination of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing hormonal imbalance.
- heavy, irregular, or painful periods
- osteoporosis (weak, brittle bones)
- hot flashes and night sweats
- vaginal dryness
- breast tenderness
- constipation and diarrhea
- acne during or just before menstruation
- uterine bleeding not associated with menstruation
- increased hair growth on the face, neck, chest, or back
- weight gain
- thinning hair or hair loss
- skin tags or abnormal growths
- deepening of the voice
- clitoral enlargement
How is Hormonal Imbalance Diagnosed?
With such a wide range of symptoms, it can be difficult to determine whether a hormonal imbalance is the problem or if there is a different health issue. A blood test is the best way to measure hormone levels in the blood to determine if any particular hormones are lacking.
Other diagnostic procedures may be performed as well, such as a pelvic exam, ultrasound, biopsy, MRI, or a thyroid scan.
What Causes Hormonal Imbalance?
Hormonal fluctuations throughout a person’s life are normal. In many cases, a hormonal imbalance in a natural part of aging. But in some cases, the problem comes from malfunctioning endocrine glands.
Endocrine glands are responsible for making, storing, and releasing hormones into the bloodstream. The endocrine glands include the adrenal glands, gonads (ovaries), pineal gland, pituitary gland, hypothalamus gland, thyroid and parathyroid glands, pancreatic islets. If any of these glands are not working properly, hormonal imbalances can occur.
Female Hormonal Imbalance
There are a few natural causes of hormonal imbalances in women, such as:
- Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Breast Feeding
- Perimenopause, Menopause, and Postmenopause
Some hormonal imbalances are due to medical conditions, such as:
- polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- early menopause
- primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)
- ovarian cancer
Some hormonal imbalances are the result of medications:
- birth control
- hormone replacement
Treatments for Women Suffering from Hormonal Imbalance
Ideally, women should have an adequate balance of three sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These hormones can be regulated through a variety of treatments.
- Birth Control. Women who are not trying to get pregnant can use birth control as a hormone supplement. Containing varying amounts of estrogen and progesterone, birth control medications include pills, patches, shots, vaginal rings, and IUD (intrauterine device).
- Vaginal Estrogen. Estrogen can be applied vaginally in the form of creams, rings, or tablets. These are especially useful at relieving vaginal dryness.
- Hormone Replacement Medications. Used to treat the unpleasant symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and night sweats, these medications can temporarily ease the transition from perimenopause through menopause and into postmenopause.
- Anti-Androgen Medications. Androgen is a predominantly male sex hormone that, when present in higher than normal amounts in women, can cause unwanted symptoms such as severe acne and excessive hair growth. Androgen blockers can prevent these symptoms.
- Eflornithine (Vaniqa). This medication can slow facial hair growth.
- Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Derived from natural sources, these hormone replacements are identical in molecular structure to the hormones your body makes. Available in gels, creams, patches, skin patches, and pills.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). PRP is a procedure that uses a patient’s own blood to rejuvenate and promote healing to various areas of the body. It can be used to enhance sensation and restore natural lubrication to the vaginal area.
Benefits of Natural Treatments for Hormonal Imbalance
Many women are seeking natural treatments for their hormonal imbalances, and for good reason. Natural treatments have fewer side effects and can be just as effective, if not more effective, than other treatments. Bio-identical hormone replacements are made to mimic the natural hormones your body makes, meaning your body shouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments involve taking a blood sample from the patient, separating the plasma that is rich in platelets, and injecting that plasma into the affected areas of the body. Both treatments are natural and safe. For more information, see: https://coremedicalwellness.com/services/mens-and-womens-health/
CORE Medical & Wellness Offers Natural Treatments for Hormonal Imbalance
If you’re suffering from the symptoms of hormonal imbalance and wish to seek natural treatment, CORE Medical & Wellness offers both Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy as well as Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy. Get effective, safe treatment that can help you feel like yourself again. Call today to schedule a consultation: (888) 521-0688.
Dr. Richard Kang is double board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and he completed an interventional pain medicine fellowship at the prestigious New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University – College of Physicians and Surgeons. Read his full bio here.