Regardless of age, a woman's hormones all work together like a symphony; if one part of the orchestra is not functioning properly, then the melody you produce is out of tune. Signs of hormonal imbalance in women are a very real quality of life issue. All women need to be aware these signs of hormone imbalance. Over the last 100 years as we have doubled our life expectancy, the soft tissue glands which create our hormones are being forced to produce them longer than ever. Our increasingly stressful lives, worsening nutrition and lack of proper fitness combine to result in declining levels of hormones in our bodies.
With Hormonal Imbalance - Awareness is Key.
Even when only one unbalanced hormone is present, it may result in the following hormonal imbalance symptoms in women.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women:
That beautiful, tuned melody that we look for is your optimal health, free from premenopause symptoms and menopausal symptoms. Women with balanced hormones integrated with proper nutrition and fitness can have a better quality of life as they age.
There is Relief
The above symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women can indicate any one of the conditions of menopause and her ugly sisters (perimenopause and postmenopause), surgical menopause, thyroid health and adrenal fatigue. But regardless of condition, these symptoms could mean that you have a hormone imbalance. If you are experiencing these symptoms, getting tested by a highly trained bioidentical hormone doctor in order to discover the current levels of your hormones, could be the solution you have been seeking.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when the ovarian production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone decline. The average age of menopause onset is fifty-one, plus or minus several years. Menopause is medically defined as the time in which a woman ceases to menstruate for the duration of 12 months. Although the definition properly describes the event, the process can begin up to 10 years earlier and is called perimenopause. Long before a woman's menstruation stops, she will have already noticed a change. Over time, her periods will become shorter in length and she will notice a loss of energy, a decrease in strength, and a loss of libido. Her mood is altered and she may be more agitated, depressed, apathetic, and forgetful. While these are all symptoms of menopause, it is important to know that there is a bigger picture during this time your hormones are changing - you are experiencing the loss of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. There is no way to stop menopause. It's part of the natural cycle of life, which everyone woman will go through. However, the way you deal with this normal process can greatly affect your quality of life. Natural bioidentical hormone therapy for menopause can help you deal with these symptoms, freeing you to enjoy this new stage of life.
Hormone Therapy for Menopause Can Relieve These Symptoms
Hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping and weight gain are the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance as a woman ages. Perimenopause weight gain is oftentimes misdiagnosed and is one of the first signs of hormonal imbalance. These signs of menopause or early menopause and related conditions are also connected to your stress levels, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and the environmental toxins your body is exposed to on a daily basis.
Bioidentical Hormones for Menopause Dr Remillard supervised natural hormone therapy for menopause only uses bioidentical hormones, which are identical to the body's natural chemistry, in combination with nutrition and fitness programs. Dr Remillard provide natural hormone therapy for menopause and perimenopause symptoms using bioidentical hormones or natural hormones to live the best life possible.
Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful, and All-Dried up. In her bestseller, "The Sexy Years," Suzanne Somers explains how, one by one, these symptomatic dwarfs took over her life and how bioidentical hormones for menopause made them go away.
There are many benefits felt immediately upon using bioidentical hormones for menopause treatment. The seven dwarfs, one-by-one, begin to depart. The hot flashes, the night sweats, the irritability, and the loss of energy and strength begin to subside. Your libido is restored and you begin to feel more control over your emotions.
The term 'menopausal? will no longer define you and control your life, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of menopause. In combination these benefits have the long-term effect of improving your overall quality of life and it all starts with bioidentical hormones for menopause.
Menopause is often dreaded by women due to the symptoms and a preconceived notion that it is a marker of old age. In reality, women often live into their high eighties and nineties, making menopause more of a half way point than anything else. Once bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for menopause takes away the bad symptoms, you will get the chance to more fully enjoy the benefits from this time in your life. The onset of menopause means no more periods, no more PMS, and no more of the related symptoms and inconveniences, in many cases it can actually provide some well deserved relief.
World Menopause Day
Each year on October 18th women come together and share their experiences - the good, the bad, and the ugly. In addition, it provides an outlet for women to come together in sisterhood and see that they are not alone in what can be a struggle. Many of our patients who are enjoying a new found quality of life enjoy sharing their stories and helping other women find relief by recommending bioidentical hormone therapy for menopause.
The Lighter Side of Menopause While menopause is a serious condition, laughter is undeniably the best medicine and can inspire us to see the lighter side of reality. For a hilarious escape to this hormonal madness, check out menopausemaniac.com. Between the hilarious videos and belligerent blog posts, she'll be sure to have you laughing out loud. We invite you to comment on her posts, soon you will realize that there is a great support network out there to help you get through menopause and to help you find a better way to deal with your menopause symptoms.
When you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance, the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause can completely derail your life. You may feel willing to undergo any treatment necessary for relief, but you don't have to resort to potentially dangerous medications with long lists of side effects. When you are considering undertaking menopause treatment.
Your natural menopause treatment may include:
Quality bioidentical hormones. These hormones are identical to those produced by your body, so they're much safer than synthetic hormones. They may be provided in creams, gels, pills, self-injections.
•Pharmaceutical-grade supplements. We offer the highest-quality supplements - such as vitamin D, fish oil and multivitamins - to help you obtain optimal health.
•Customized nutritional guidance and support. Your BodyLogicMD affiliated doctor will help you develop a healthy eating plan that you can enjoy and stick with throughout your life.
Guided health and fitness programs. Even if you're not physically active now, your Doctor affiliated physician can help you put together a fitness program that fits in your lifestyle.
•Relaxing stress. Stress can lead to a number of health concerns, especially during menopause. We can help you learn how to reduce the stress levels in your life.
Your menopause treatment plan will be completely customized for you. We match solutions to your individual symptoms and treat you as a whole person to help you obtain optimal overall health. These natural menopause treatment measures can help you feel healthier and younger!
Hormonal Imbalance as it Relates to Perimenopause
While the existence of menopause is common knowledge, perimenopause is less well known.
What is Perimenopause?
Perimenopause also referred to as premenopause or early menopause is the length of time before and one year after the final menstrual period, during which ovarian hormonal patterns change. The average age at which irregular cycles develop is approximately age 47 but in many cases can start as early as 35 years old. Like menopause, perimenopause is a normal part of a woman's life cycle. Generally, the ages at which your mother and older sisters began menopause and perimenopause are a good indication of when you might expect to start experiencing the symptoms of being premenopausal. If you smoke, it is likely that you will start perimenopause a year or two earlier than you would have if you didn't smoke.
The length pre menopause varies for each woman, starting either just a few months before menopause or even several years before being menopausal. Women can experience many of the same signs of menopause and can find relief with bioidentical hormone therapy.
Perimenopause Symptoms: Premenopausal Life
The perimenopause symptoms include:
•Irregular Periods •Diminished libido •Heavy Bleeding •Weight Gain •Insomnia •Dry Eyes •Hot Flashes •Vaginal changes •Headaches •Mood Swings •Hair Loss •Memory Loss
Since perimenopause, or premenopause, is considered the transitional stage between normal menstrual periods to menopause, women often experience a combination of symptoms from PMS to other common menopause symptoms. Try keeping a record of your cycle and your daily perimenopause symptoms for a couple months to get a better idea of whether you are experiencing PMS or are premenopausal. You should notice patterns of physical and emotional symptoms in coordination with your cycle. If you are not noticing a pattern of ups and downs with your cycle, then it is likely that you may be in perimenopause. Women in perimenopause often experience a change in their menstrual cycle. In this stage it is common for menses cycles to occur sooner than 21 days or, more likely, later than 45 days. A woman does not enter menopause until she has not had a period for twelve consecutive months; up until that time, pregnancy is still possible. Hot flashes, low libido, trouble sleeping and weight gain are the most common perimenopause symptoms as a woman ages. Weight gain during premenopause, one of the most outwardly noticeable symptoms, is oftentimes misdiagnosed and is one of the first signs of hormonal imbalance. These signs of early menopause and related conditions are also connected to your stress levels, poor nutrition (diets high in simple carbohydrates and low in quality protein), lack of exercise and the environmental toxins your body is exposed to on a daily basis.
The Solution: Bioidentical Hormones for Perimenopause In this transitional stage, your estrogen, testosterone and progesterone levels are constantly fluctuating. Environmental factors, stress, exercise, and diet also shift the hormone levels. Bioidentical hormone therapy provided by our bioidentical hormone doctors measures these hormones to create a customized treatment and lifestyle plan. This allows for immediate relief from the symptoms that the hormonal imbalance caused. Premenopausal life does not have to mean living with undesirable symptoms. The use of bioidentical hormones for perimenopause symptoms are likely to help women live better, longer.
Menopause is the stage following menopause and generally starts between 24 and 36 months after a women's last period. Outwardly, the most marked difference between menopause and post menopause is the reduction in symptoms - for instance hot flashes are less frequent and not as powerful. A woman is also considered post menopausal after the removal of the ovaries because it effectively ends menstrual bleeding. A reliable indicator of the onset of post menopause is the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Found at the base of the brain, the pituitary gland produces FSH. When women transition into post menopause, FSH will be extremely high, indicating her ovaries are beginning to shut down. Estradiol, a form of estrogen, decreases in post menopause when the ovaries are no longer producing eggs. This decrease in estradiol is in turn what causes the increase in FSH. The follicle stimulating hormone attempts in vain to stimulate egg production. Basically, this means the end of periods, fertility, and menopause. A simple blood test measures FSH. While the ovaries begin to shrink after menopause, they are still very important to the body. Vital hormones such as testosterone are produced by the ovaries. Female testosterone is a vital hormone for maintaining sex drive, bone and muscle strength, and energy. Many post menopausal women begin to see a relief from menopause symptoms at this time. Post menopause is different in every woman. The age after menopause varies significantly and so does the cessation, or lack thereof, of the symptoms. The problem with waiting for menopause to pass is the uncertainty of the time frame and the severity of the symptoms. Furthermore, while post menopause may bring relief from menopause symptoms, unbalanced hormones put you at risk for certain conditions. Low estrogen for example, leaves you at risk for osteoporosis, heart disease and genitourinary atrophy.
Bioidentical hormone therapy balances hormones and relives post menopausal symptoms immediately; no significant waiting time. Metro Oasis natural hormone replacement therapy offers women the chance to find that post menopause relief, much sooner and in a much easier way. This natural method takes the guessing out of menopause and post menopause and provides solid answers and a solid solution. The hormone replacement is paired with customized nutrition, supplements, and fitness programs to ensure your longevity, graceful aging and best post menopausal health.
Hysterectomy Induced Menopause
What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus (womb). In some cases, the ovaries and fallopian tubes also are removed. The ovaries are organs that produce ovum (eggs) and estrogen. Hysterectomy is one the most common surgeries for women of reproductive age, second only to cesarean section.
Hysterectomy and Hormone Replacement Therapy After Hysterectomy:
Surgical Menopause Surgical menopause, more commonly referred to as a hysterectomy, results if a premenopausal woman's ovaries are removed during a hysterectomy surgery. Because her ovaries are no longer present to produce estrogen (one of the hysterectomy hormones), her estrogen levels drop immediately post hysterectomy and her system is thrown into complete disarray, with possible effects including: fatigue, joint pains, decreased short-term memory, dwindling libido, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, decreased resistance, and weight gain. These symptoms associated with hysterectomy induced menopause are identical to those experienced by women who undergo perimenopause and menopause, except instead of developing gradually, they can have a profound and sudden effect. Bioidentical hormone therapy is an important adjunct when hormone function is compromised - naturally or surgically.
The Adrenal Glands
Post Menopause Stress and adrenal fatigue go hand in hand. The adrenal glands, two triangle-shaped glands that sit over the kidneys, are responsible for regulating the body's response to stress by controlling the hormones released during stress. When stress becomes chronic or is not well managed, the adrenal glands are unable to function optimally. Cortisol is the main adrenal hormone and it is used to manage stress. The highest amount of cortisol is secreted by the adrenals in the morning to get us going, with levels decreasing throughout the day. The adrenals secrete cortisol in response to low blood sugar, stress, exercise, and excitement.
The Symptoms of Adrenal
The stress caused by hormone imbalance, namely in perimenopause and menopause for women, is a huge contributor to adrenal fatigue. Bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones, including the hormones released during stress, with customized prescriptions that fit your body chemistry and what your body needs.
Thyroid Hormone Replacement
Your thyroid is a small gland located in the lower part of your neck. It produces hormones that play a major role in your metabolism and energy. The primary thyroid hormones are triidothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
Thyroid imbalances occur when your thyroid produces too few or two many of these hormones. An overactive thyroid, known as hyperthyroidism, occurs when the thyroid glands produce too many hormones. This can result in symptoms ranging from heart palpitations and anxiety to weight loss, heat intolerance and muscle weakness. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is by far more common. In fact, some estimate that as many as 1 in 7 adults suffer from hypothyroidism. Symptoms of Hypothyroidism & Endocrine Disorders When the thyroid gland is underactive, your metabolism slows down and you suffer from symptoms such as: •Fatigue •Unexplained weight gain •Constipation •Dry skin and hair •Hair Loss •Puffiness or swelling in the face •Muscle aches and weakness •Heavy menstrual periods •Brittle hair and nails •Depression •Cold intolerance
Your thyroid is a small gland located in the lower part of your neck. It produces hormones that play a major role in your metabolism and energy. The primary thyroid hormones are triidothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Thyroid imbalances occur when your thyroid produces too few or two many of these hormones. An overactive thyroid, known as hyperthyroidism, occurs when the thyroid glands produce too many hormones. This can result in symptoms ranging from heart palpitations and anxiety to weight loss, heat intolerance and muscle weakness. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is by far more common. In fact, some estimate that as many as 1 in 7 adults suffer from hypothyroidism.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism & Endocrine Disorders
When the thyroid gland is underactive, your metabolism slows down and you suffer from symptoms such as:
•Fatigue •Unexplained weight gain •Constipation •Dry skin and hair •Hair Loss •Puffiness or swelling in the face •Muscle aches and weakness •Heavy menstrual periods •Brittle hair and nails •Depression •Cold intolerance
Many women have the symptoms of low thyroid hormones but are told that their lab tests are "normal" and that there is not a problem. That's because conventional medicine often only looks at TSH and may not be using the most current cut-off levels even for that. In 2002, the Society of Endocrinologists announced that the standard testing ranges for TSH were inaccurate and that many people with hypothyroidism were undiagnosed. To this day, many thyroid lab tests have not been corrected to test for the accurate range of thyroid hormone levels. Unlike most doctors, physicians and endocrinologists in the BodyLogicMD network measure free T3 and free T4 levels as well as TSH. They also check for thyroid antibodies, which can help determine the presence of an autoimmune thyroid disorder. If such a disorder is diagnosed quickly, treatment may be able to prevent permanent damage to your thyroid gland.
Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy
In the BodyLogicMD network, doctors take a more thorough approach to treating thyroid disorders. They don't just look for "adequate" or "normal" ranges, but aim to keep your thyroid hormone levels in an optimal range, so you can feel your best. And they use the most effective combination of thyroid hormones. In traditional medicine, hypothyroidism is generally treated with synthetic T4, which can correct your T4 and TSH levels. However, many people cannot efficiently convert T4 to T3. This is a problem because T3 is the more active form of thyroid hormone. Even if your T4 and TSH levels are optimal, if your T3 levels are imbalanced, you may still experience symptoms. Once your doctor assesses your current levels of all your thyroid hormones, he or she can then customize an individually-tailored thyroid replacement therapy regimen designed specifically for you. The BodyLogicMD strategy of thyroid treatment frequently focuses on a combination of T3 and T4 hormone replacement, so that all your levels are brought into an optimal range.