What is Hormonal Imbalance?
As we age, many things about our bodies change. One of the things that changes, is our hormones. Hormones help to determine how tall you grow and how you handle stress and, of course, they also regulate the functioning of your sex organs.
The normal aging process causes hormone production to decline in everyone, resulting in imbalances that have both physical and psychological effects.
The main hormones that regulate a woman’s body are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Any time on or more of these hormones becomes out of balance, a woman starts to experience change.
For women, this hormonal change is broken up into different stages:
- Premenopause refers to the time from a woman’s first regular menstrual to her last regular menstrual cycle. This is the period of “normal” reproductive function for a woman.
- Perimenopause is the next stage. This refers to the “transitional” stage, which varies from 2 to about 10 years, prior to complete cessation of menstruation. This is usually experienced by women 35 to 50 years of age. During this stagea woman can experience major hormone fluctuations which can cause typical symptoms, such as hot flashes.
- Menopause is the third stage and marks the natural end of a woman’s reproductive cycle. It is at this point that the body’s ability to produce estrogen and progesterone naturally, decreases substantially. The ovaries stop producing eggs and a woman is no longer able to become pregnant naturally.
- Postmenopause is the period of life after menopause. This phase is generally believed to begin after 12 full months have passed since the last menstrual period.
As a woman passes through each of these four stages, she will go through many physical and psychological changes as her own body’s ability to maintain proper hormonal balance diminishes.
Listen to your body. Is it trying to tell you something? Your body is an amazing thing. When something isn’t right, it will let you know! Hormone imbalance is no exception.
Some of the symptoms a woman may experience when her hormones are out of balance include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Unexplained weight gain
- Mood swings
- Urinary tract infection
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty concentrating
- Vaginal dryness
- Fibrocystic breasts
Long term complications from being hormonally out of balance are also a concern and can include:
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Loss of bone mass
- Decreased muscle tone
- Accelerated aging process
Any woman who has had a hysterectomy or endometriosis is also a very good candidate for natural hormone replacement therapy.
Fortunately, hormonal imbalance CAN be treated. By restoring the balance between estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in the body, the above mentioned symptoms can be alleviated and even eliminated.
Because each woman is different, Eternity is staffed with several hormone experts that will work one on one with you and together with your physician to develop a custom treatment plan designed just for YOU! Once it is determined how much of each hormone you need to replace in your body to restore balance, you will have several options in which to administer the hormones. Your hormones can be easily taken by mouth in the form of a capsule, tablet or sublingual (dissolves under the tongue), or can be applied topically as a cream.