Hormone Imbalance

Hormones function as messengers in the body.  Sex hormones are produced primarily by the adrenal glands and ovaries in women where they travel by way of the bloodstream to specific target organs delivering their message.  Sex hormones must be in optimal concentration and proper relationship to one another to function at their best.  Hormones each have their checks and balances.  Each hormone in the body has a counterpart that regulates its function.  When one is either excessive or deficient, the normal ratio is disturbed and the optimal function of the hormone is altered.  This disturbance in hormone balance can affect many body systems leading to weight gain, fatigue, irregular menses, hot flushes, infertility, decreased sex drive, moodiness, irritability, and sleep disturbances.  These are common premenopausal symptoms that women can experience long before the onset of menopause.

Factors affecting hormone balance include diet, lifestyle, exposure to external estrogens, delayed childbirth, and stress.  Fortunately, we can now evaluate women suffering from these premenopausal symptoms through the process of salivary hormone testing (SHT).  SHT provides us with a more accurate look at a woman's natural hormone level and allows us to balance her hormones through dietary, herbal, and prescription means.  For a more complete discussion involving hormone imbalance and SHT, contact our office for an appointment or inquire about our free seminars concerning hormone replacement therapy and hormone imbalance.