Hormone imbalance is often associated with perimenopause in women in their 40s. However, for various reasons, the symptoms can actually begin much earlier, affecting women in their late 20s or even teens. When the hormones are out of balance, a wide range of symptoms can result, such as:
• Difficulty concentrating
• Fibrocystic breasts
• Fibroids in the uterus
• Hair loss
• Depression or anxiety
• Decreased sex drive
• Weight gain
• Urinary tract infections
In most cases, hormonal imbalance in women involves the levels of estrogen and progesterone. There are a few different theories about the causes of hormonal imbalance. One theory is the widespread use of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy, which use synthetic estrogen. The increase in estrogen caused by the use of these products over time can result in an imbalance in the body.
Another theory is that hormonal imbalance results from lifestyles and diets that are out of balance. Women are busy and often don’t take the time to rest and eat nutritious foods. The combination of stress and inadequate nutrients in processed foods and fast food is thought to play a role in disrupting the delicate balance of these hormones.
At the Center for Health and Healing, we use comprehensive testing to determine the levels of a broad range of hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. Using this information, we tailor your treatment to address the underlying cause of the imbalance and formulate bio-identical hormone replacement supplements specifically to meet your needs.
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