Hormones in a Women’s Body
Because every hormone in your body plays a crucial role in your well-being, unbalanced hormone levels can wreak havoc on your life. Doctor Melinda Hall, the founder of The Menopause Center in Vienna, Virginia and a gynecologist with 25 years of experience, works exclusively with women who are experiencing unpleasant symptoms due to perimenopause or menopause. She uses simple blood and saliva tests to gauge your current level of hormone functioning and then devises a treatment plan using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Other hormone treatments based on synthetic or pharmaceutical products are not individualized, which means that every patient receives the same medication regardless of their unique conditions. With all the risks and side effects associated with synthetic products, Doctor Hall stands behind the safe and natural Bioidentical Hormones that she has used in her Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapies for the past 10 years. Patients respond much better to natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and live without fear of negative side effects or continually renewing prescriptions.
Understanding the Different Hormones in Your Body
Your body contains six hormones that play a major role in your physical, emotional, reproductive, and sexual health. These include the following:
Cortisol: Both men and women produce cortisol in their adrenal glands. This is a tiny organ located above your kidneys. Some people call cortisol the stress hormone because of its role in how you react to everyday and fight-or-flight types of stress. Today’s woman is expected to balance work and family, contribute to the community, care for children and aging parents, and handle numerous other responsibilities all at the same time. The resulting stress can cause unbalanced cortisol levels that present as fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability, and lack of focus.
DHEA: When DHEA is too low, you may experience fatigue, a compromised immune system, loss of muscle mass and bone density, aching joints, depression, and low libido.
Estrogen: Breast discomfort and hot flashes are often the first indications that your estrogen levels are low or you are starting perimenopause. As you get closer to completing menopause, issues you may encounter include having less desire for sex, vaginal dryness, pain while having intercourse, difficulty falling or staying asleep, forgetfulness, and decreased bone density. Many women also experience problems when there is too much estrogen in their bodies compared to how much progesterone they have. This is called estrogen dominance.
Pregnenolone: Since pregnenolone controls several of the other hormones, you are likely to feel the effects of unbalanced levels of it more keenly than other hormones. High levels of stress, chronic fatigue, and severe depression are all linked to low pregnenolone levels.
Progesterone: In addition to the normal aging process, having unbalanced levels of progesterone is frequently associated with insulin resistance, poor nutrition, inadequate exercise, and unrelenting stress. When this hormone is low, you may struggle with anxiety, sleep disturbances, sore breasts, migraine headaches, and weight gain. Low progesterone levels also cause estrogen dominance.
Testosterone: Although present in much higher levels in men, women’s bodies produce testosterone in the adrenal glands and ovaries. When your testosterone levels are out of balance, you may experience decreased pleasure from sex, low energy, loss of bone strength, and lack of lean muscle mass. You may feel less enthusiastic about life in general but not understand why.
Thyroid: Symptoms of an underactive or overactive thyroid are often the reason that women consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. This small gland in your neck affects every cell in your body. Indications that it may be out of balance include depression, fatigue, hot flashes, cold sensations, gaining weight despite eating right and exercising, and difficulty losing weight.
Determining Your Current Hormonal Function is the First Step
If you recognize any of the symptoms of hormone deficiency described above, schedule an appointment with Doctor Hall today to learn more about how a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you. Melinda Hall, M.D. and her qualified staff at The Menopause Center of Vienna, Virginia have helped many women get rid of their menopause related hormone symptoms, and they can help you too.