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Hormonal Balance in Menopause

A hormonal imbalance occurs when there is an excess or insufficient amount of one or more hormones in the body. This is a general term that encompasses various hormone-related conditions.

Hormones are potent signals that play a significant role in regulating bodily functions. Even a slight excess or deficiency in the levels of some hormones can cause significant changes in the body, leading to particular conditions that require medical attention.

How Can We Help You With Menopause?

To determine if you have a hormonal imbalance, our clinicians may order blood tests which can be taken at a lab near you, including Quest or LabCorp. However, some hormone levels can vary throughout the day, so your clinician may also request additional tests, such as a glucose tolerance test or insulin tolerance test, to get a more accurate reading. Furthermore, some hormones can fluctuate based on your menstrual cycle, so the timing of your hormone testing is crucial. Your clinician will discuss this with you.

Hormonal Replacement Therapy can be safe, effective in managing symptoms, and even preventative if all underlying medical conditions are addressed. Typically used are compounded hormones that come as creams or capsules. These hormones are as close to your natural hormones as possible

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  • Your prescriptions sent electronically to your local pharmacy

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  • Avoid the high costs and inconvenience of urgent care centers and emergency rooms. We accept most insurance plans and healthshares.

How to prevent hormonal imbalance

Although many hormonal imbalances are not preventable, there are certain things you can do to optimize your overall health, which helps to keep your hormones balanced.

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a balanced, healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Managing your stress
  • Getting enough quality sleep
  • Managing your chronic health conditions well (if applicable)
  • Quitting smoking or using tobacco products, if you smoke
Hormonal imbalance in the menstrual cycle

Irregular periods can be caused by an imbalance in any of the hormones involved in the menstrual cycle.

Females may have hormonal imbalances, such as excess estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or androgens. These imbalances can cause various symptoms.

  • Acne on your face, chest and/or upper back
  • Hair loss
  • Heavy periods (bleeding lasting longer than seven days)
  • Hirsutism (excess body hair)
  • Hot flashes
  • Infertility
  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Vaginal dryness

Hormonal imbalances can also affect your metabolism:

  • Slow heartbeat or rapid heartbeat
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea or more frequent bowel movements
  • Numbness and tingling in your hands
  • Higher-than normal blood cholesterol levels
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Being unable to tolerate cold temperatures or warm temperatures
  • Dry, coarse skin and hair
  • Thin, warm and moist skin
  • Irregular body fat distribution
  • Darkened skin in your armpit or the back and sides of your neck
  • Skin tags (small skin growths)
  • Extreme thirst and frequent urination

If you believe you are having any of these symptoms, make an appointment with a clinician.

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