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. So, even when only one unbalanced hormone is present, it will adversely affect all the others and may result in the following menopausal symptoms and premenopause symptoms.
Even when only one unbalanced hormone is present, it may result in the following hormonal imbalance symptoms in women.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance:
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Adrenal Fatigue and Menopause
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 Fatigue
Waking up in the middle of the night
Difficulty or Inability to fall asleep
Increased susceptibility to infections
Reduced tolerance for stress
Craving for sweets and/or salty foods
Allergies to things you were never allergic to before
A tendency to feel cold
The stress caused by hormone imbalance, namely in peri-menopause 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. This, combined with an individualized nutrition /supplement and fitness program, maintains normal hormone levels and can effectively eliminate the symptoms associated with menopause and perimenopause.
The Importance of Symptoms of Estrogen & Progesterone Deficiency
Estrogen and progesterone are two of the most important hormones in a woman's body. They are considered steroid hormones, and influence things like metabolism, immune functions, the menstrual cycle and sexual functions. When estrogen, progesterone or both of these hormones are not being naturally produced in sufficient quantities it can cause a variety of problems.
Estrogen is responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle and keeping things like bones, blood vessels, the heart and even hair production nice and healthy. When your body is not producing enough estrogen it can result in many symptoms, some which come on almost immediately and others that develop over time. The following are a few common things to watch out for when you are worried about low estrogen:
The hormone progesterone is manufactured when a women ovulates, and triggers changes to the lining of the uterus in preparation for an implanted egg. This hormone is also responsible for the changes and maintenance of the uterus throughout pregnancy. Women who have low levels of progesterone may experience symptoms including:
The fact that many of the symptoms of low levels of these two hormones are quite similar makes it possible to get a misdiagnosis if the levels of only one of these hormones are tested. This is why when experiencing any of the above listed symptoms you should have tests to identify the levels of both estrogen and progesterone. Studies have shown that estrogen deficiency can make other medical problems more serious as well. Restoring a healthy balance of both of these critical hormones can quickly provide relief of the symptoms and help to improve long term health as well.