What is Female Hormone Imbalance?

Most people know that when a woman reaches her 50s her hormones become imbalanced because she is going through menopause; however, women also experience declining progesterone, estrogen, cortisol and testosterone once they reach their mid-thirties. It is estimated that women spend approximately 30 percent of their lives dealing with the symptoms related to hormone imbalances. These imbalances occur before, during and after going through menopause. Symptoms associated with hormone imbalance include weight gain, trouble sleeping, a decreased sex drive and chronic fatigue. Unfortunately, many women accept these symptoms as a biological aspect of aging; however, these hormone imbalances can be addressed by Dr. Jorge Peláez at Florida Health & Wellness Institute in Pensacola.

Causes of Female Hormone Imbalance

Since hormones control numerous biochemical processes, the symptoms related to hormone imbalances are many. Hormone imbalances are considered multi-factorial disorders, which means that the occur due to a combination of factors. These factors include genetics, medical history, exposure to toxins, stress levels and diet.

Some of the major contributors to hormonal imbalances include:

  • Being overweight/obese.
  • Food allergies/Gut issues – research shows that gut health plays an important role in regulating the hormones. Individuals who lack beneficial bacteria along their intestinal walls or those who have a condition referred to as leaky gut syndrome are more susceptible to experiencing issues related to hormonal imbalances (including obesity and diabetes). Taking care of the gut is extremely important: When the gut is inflamed, it impacts almost every other aspect of an individual’s health.
  • Genetic susceptibility.
  • Inflammation due to a sedentary lifestyle and/or a poor diet.
  • Extreme stress and lack of sleep/rest.
  • Exposure to toxins (pesticides, cigarettes and harmful chemicals as well as excessive alcohol consumption).

Diagnosing Female Hormone Imbalance

Diagnosing a female hormonal imbalance can be accomplished through analyzing the patient’s saliva and blood. Once Dr. Peláez receives the results of the patient’s lab tests, he will create her a personalized treatment plan to restore hormone balance. This plan will include Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Symptoms of Female Hormone Imbalance

Hormonal imbalances can cause a variety of illnesses and disorders. The symptoms an individual experiences is based on the disorder or illness the hormonal imbalance has caused.

Symptoms associated with:

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS):
    • Infertility
    • Abnormal hair growth
    • An increased risk of developing diabetes
    • Weight gain
    • Acne
  • Grave’s Disease (Hyperthyroidism):
    • Thinning hair
    • Anxiety
    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    • Weight loss
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • Difficulty sleeping
  • Hashimoto’s Disease (Hypothyroidism):
    • Weight gain
    • Slow metabolism
    • Anxiety
    • Fatigue
    • Digestive issues
    • Irritability
    • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Diabetes:
    • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Weight gain
    • Skin problems
    • Fatigue
    • Vision problems/Increased risk for loss of vision
    • Dry mouth
  • Estrogen Dominance:
    • Slow metabolism
    • Weight and appetite changes
    • A higher stress level (superficial)
    • Altered sleep patterns
    • Reproductive issues
    • Endometriosis
  • Low Estrogen Levels:
    • Mood swings
    • Infertility
    • Irregular menstrual periods
    • Decreased sex drive
  • Adrenal Fatigue:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Brain fog
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Muscle pain/aches
    • Fatigue
    • Infertility
  • Symptoms frequently associated with menopause include:
    • Night sweats
    • Hot flashes
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Dizziness
    • Mood changes/Irritability
    • Chronic fatigue/Tiredness
    • Dry, itchy skin
    • Memory loss
    • Burning tongue syndrome
    • Osteoporosis
    • Vaginal dryness/Decreased sex drive
    • Incontinence
    • Difficulty concentrating
  • Other symptoms of hormonal imbalance:
    • Muscle weakness
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol

The conventional treatment of Female Hormone Imbalance

Conventional treatment usually includes birth control pills, thyroid medications, hormone replacement therapies and insulin injections. Sadly, for most women suffering with hormonal disorders, relying on synthetic treatments such as these means that they will be dependent on prescription medication for the rest of their lives; otherwise, the symptoms will return. These medications only mask the symptoms, which means additional abnormalities may develop in other parts of the body as the disorder progresses. Furthermore, the prescription medications used to control the symptoms of hormonal imbalance put women at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, cancer, anxiety, reproductive problems and having a stroke.

Some postmenopausal women develop vaginal atrophy: This condition causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including vaginal dryness, irritation, itching, discharge, burning and pain during intercourse. In conventional medicine, women who develop vaginal atrophy are usually prescribed hormone replacement medications for about a year to alleviate these symptoms.

Our approach

At Florida Health & Wellness Institute, we restore hormone balance and relieve the symptoms of this condition with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). The hormones we provide our patients are identical to the hormones found in the body. These bioidentical hormones differ greatly from the frequently used synthetic or bio-similar hormone replacement products that conventional medicine uses to treat hormonal imbalances. While the BHRT hormones do need to be processed to ensure they are effective for humans, the hormones used to create BHRT are derived from plants and animals; whereas, conventional medicine uses hormones that are synthetically created in the lab.

Dr. Jorge Peláez creates each of his patients a custom-designed treatment program. By taking the time to create unique treatment programs, Dr. Peláez ensures that the patient receives exactly what she needs to reach optimal health and wellness. At Florida Health & Wellness Institute, we use a variety of BHRT treatments. The goal of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and the other therapies that Dr. Peláez includes in a patient’s treatment program is to find and correct the root cause of the imbalance; thus, reducing (or eliminating) the symptoms commonly experienced by women whose hormones are out of balance.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may have a hormonal imbalance. Instead of using the synthetic medications that conventional medicine offers, consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Please contact Florida Health & Wellness Institute at 850-436-4444 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jorge Peláez.

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