Hormones for Women

To the detriment of many women, hormone replacement therapy has been dumbed down to ineffective and potentially dangerous replacement therapy. It’s easy to see why. Women’s hormones fluctuate on a month-to-month and year-over-year basis, and there is a much more nuanced balance that must be achieved. This requires the use of bio-identical hormones that are adjusted individually. In a traditional medical practice, there’s really only time to pick an off-the-shelf, non-bioidentical pill and have you take it indefinitely.

There is a fluctuating balance of estrogen and progesterone that starts to change as women age. Too often, I see women put on anti-depressants when they turn 40 when the real cause of  “not feeling right” is due to a hormonal shift. Just correcting this shift gets women feeling like themselves again.

Other hormones that are important for women are testosterone, cortisol (and adrenal fatigue), DHEA, thyroid, and growth hormone. Getting the balance just right is important for cardiovascular health, bone health, muscular health, uterine and breast health, and overall well being. Symptoms women experience are:

  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular concerns
  • Decreased energy
  • Lack of skin elasticity
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Decreased Libido
  • Cognitive concerns
  • Aches, pains and stiffness
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Poor sleep
  • Concerns about memory
  • Skin wrinkling

The good news is that taking a thoughtful approach to hormonal balance, most women achieve great vitality and health.

Learn more about your body’s hormones.