Women’s Hormones in Florida
Most women are aware that menopause is a natural part of aging. This is when the female body takes a sharp decline in producing hormones like estrogen and progesterone and means a loss of ovarian function and egg production. What many women don’t know, however, is that menopause can start years before with perimenopause. Some women experience their first hormone changes in their mid-30s and realize that perimenopause can actually be more frustrating than menopause itself.
Hormone Decline In Women: Perimenopause and Menopause
Research shows that hormone levels in women are beginning to drop earlier than ever before, with women as young as 30 reporting perimenopausal symptoms. Some lifestyle and environmental chances can cause these effects to happen, including:
- Low levels of exercise and unhealthy diet. The link between a healthy diet and adequate exercise is well established. The rise in obesity among women can be accompanied by a rise in hormone-related problems.
- Chronic stress. It’s difficult for maintain a modern lifestyle and have good health. Researchers are beginning to understand the chronic stress of modern life has huge negative effects on hormone levels, including adrenal fatigue, cortisol imbalance, and thyroid hormone deficiencies.
- Widespread exposure to xenoestrogens. This is a small but very serious problem. Many common environmental chemicals have a similar biological effect to estrogen and can cause a hormone imbalance. Products made from petroleum, hydrocarbons, and products made from plastics are surprisingly bioactive. This also includes pesticides and hormones that are used to produce our food, including animal and plant products.
With all of these issues, it’s no wonder that many women are beginning to report symptoms of hormone imbalances years before their mothers or grandmothers experienced similar issues. The good news is that a hormone imbalance can be fixed. Despite new technology and modern food production, you do not have to live with a hormone imbalance. Due to the wonderful effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) your hormone levels can be regulated. You’ll experience less signs of hot flashes, less unexplained weight gain, and better sleep. BHRT will also reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even some cancers, like breast cancer.
What Is Female Hormone Imbalance?
Many traditional doctors who practice and treat women’s health issues don’t understand perimenopause and menopause. Many women think that during these perimenopause and menopuase, estrogen and progesterone levels will gradually decline until very low levels are reached. After that, menstruation, egg production, and ovarian function will stop. While on the surface this is true, there is more to perimenopause and menopause than this. Throughout a woman’s reproductive life, estrogen and progesterone work together to produce secondary female characteristics and guide the regular cycle of ovulation and menstruation. Levels of these two hormones in particular rise and fall according to the menstrual cycle, and both are intimately involved in pregnancy. However, during perimenopause, this regular fluctuation in hormone levels becomes disordered. It’s not always true that both hormones will decline according to a smooth schedule. Many times, their levels will begin to swing out of control, with an increase in estrogen one day and too much progesterone right after. This rapid change in your body is the root cause of many symptoms of a hormone imbalance, including the typical symptoms of perimenopause:
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood changes
Researchers estimate that millions of women experience hormone imbalances every year. This can last up to 20 years before menopause starts. The average age of menopause in the United States is around 51, although in some women it can begin earlier. Menopause is when estrogen and progesterone levels decline rapidly, resulting in the more intense symptoms that perimenopause bring. Besides the age-related changes caused by perimenopause and menopause, there are a number of additional root causes of hormone imbalance in women. These include:
- An imbalance of testosterone—this is vital for men and women
- Hypothyroidism and other thyroid issues
- Adrenal fatigue
- DHEA deficiency
- Imbalance in human growth hormone
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Pregnenolone deficiency
- Vitamin D deficiency
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Florida Women
If you are suffering from a hormone imbalance, a BHRT program specifically designed for your body will help. It can relieve hormone imbalance symptoms and even reduce the risk of serious, long-term diseases. BHRT for women begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your hormone levels, including:
- Thyroid hormone
- Human growth hormone
- Vitamin D
Based on these test results, your doctor will design a customized hormone replacement program. The benefits of a carefully designed BHRT program can affect every part of a woman’s life and include:
- Improved sex drive
- Better orgasms
- Fewer urinary tract infections
- Firmer, younger-looking skin
- Better sleep
- More energy
- Easier weight loss
- Improved muscle tone
- More strength
- Better mood
- Improved concentration
- Better memory
- Reduced hot flashes
- Eliminate night sweats
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Improved bone strength and density
Genemedics doctors have worked with thousands of women over the years to design BHRT programs specifically for their own bodies. Each and every one of our doctors has undergone thousands of hours of training in the use of hormones to relieve hormone imbalances in women. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms with no explanation, or you suspect a hormone imbalance, set up your initial consultation at Genemedics, one of Florida’s leading hormone replacement therapy clinics.