Hormones for Women
The symptoms of hormone imbalance may vary from person to person and will typically evolve over time. Often as the symptoms evolve women will have a tendency to think that the symptoms are “just the way it is,” or due to stress, or getting old.
Women often do not know how bad they feel… UNTIL they feel better, with the correct hormone balancing. Women often experience what feels like pre-menopausal symptoms long before menopause.
Women can have hormone and imbalance in their hormones anytime from the time they start their period. For example, a woman may experience hot flashes or night sweats in the PMS time period or vaginal dryness after delivering a baby. Additionally, women may continue to experience menopausal symptoms for years after their last period, and often they do not ever go away without hormone therapy.
Some hormone imbalance symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain (mostly mid-section)
- Headaches- tension/migraine
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Fibromyalgia symptoms
- Insomnia or Wakefulness at night
- Mood swings/Depression
- Loss of ZEST for life – lack of enthusiasm
- Irritability (feeling “mean”)
- Difficulty concentrating or following a conversation
- Memory Loss or loss of thoughts/words
- Low Stamina
- Loss of sexual drive
- Reduced orgasms and sexual functioning
- Vaginal dryness or loss of lubrication
- Bladder infections and vaginal pain
- Premature skin aging and skin changes
- Loss of Skin Elasticity, excessive skin wrinkling
- Loss of Head Hair
- Facial Hair
- Loss of vision
Testosterone deficiency in Women
Testosterone is a hormone that is generally considered to be important for men, but did you know it is also a vital hormone for women to maintain a high quality of life? The symptoms of low testosterone in women are often passed off as just part of getting older, but they shouldn’t be.
Testosterone deficiency symptoms in women include:
Fatigue and Exhaustion – If you’re constantly tired, even when you’re able to obtain a full night’s sleep, you could be experiencing one of the symptoms of low testosterone in women. Decreased testosterone levels may contribute to you feeling exhausted and drained.
Sleep Issues – You may even find it difficult to sleep through the night. Disrupted sleep is another common symptom for women with low testosterone. A healthy hormonal balance is key to achieving consistent, restful sleep.
Weight Gain & Difficulty Losing Weight – Many women with low testosterone experience loss of muscle and progressive weight gain. Midlife weight gain is so common that women often assume it’s just part of getting older, but if you are appreciating the inability to control your weight or have changes in muscle tone and bone density, you may be exhibiting symptoms of low testosterone.
Decreased Interest in Sex – Just like in men, testosterone affects sexual arousal in women. Low testosterone can affect women’s sex lives. Women may experience reduced sex drive or “libido”. Women may experience vaginal dryness, which causes painful intercourse. Women may experience a general lack of interest in sex
Mood Swings, Depression and Low Mood – If you are experiencing sudden bouts of depression, unexplained mood swings, or a generally low mood, then you may be suffering from low testosterone. Testosterone plays an important role in mood regulation in the body, and low levels of testosterone can play havoc with the body’s ability to regulate itself. If you are considering taking antidepressants to deal with your depression, then you may want to talk to your doctor about the possibility that your testosterone is low.
Anxiety – Another possible symptom of decreased testosterone levels is anxiety. Although anxiety caused by low testosterone is usually mild, it can possibly cause panic attacks. If you suddenly experience bouts of anxiety, especially if you have never had anxiety issues in the past, then you may want to talk to your doctor about low testosterone.
Difficulty Concentrating – If you find that you are having difficulty concentrating on normal tasks, especially when you have always been able to concentrate easily on the task at hand, then you may be suffering from low testosterone.
Hair Loss – Hair loss is one of the more obvious symptoms of low testosterone, so keep an eye out for any hair loss, on your head or otherwise. Although hair loss from low testosterone will be most obvious on the head, hair loss on other areas of the body may also occur. If you notice that you have to shave your legs and armpits fewer times per month than normal, or if you notice that your hair is getting patchy, you may be suffering from low testosterone.
Benefits of Balanced Hormones:
Finding the right hormone balance offers women and men significant benefits, such as more energy, better sleep, stabilized moods, support in aging physically, emotionally and mentally. Research has also shown that hormone therapy improves overall health by reducing risk of disease.
Late in 2015 the results of the Veteran’s Study found that men who had documented low testosterone and were treated with testosterone therapy experienced a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) early 2-16 found that testosterone therapy improved mood, sexual health, and physical fitness in men.
For women, there have been thousands of studies over the years that have shown lower heart disease with early onset treatment at the time of menopause, osteoporosis protection, dementia protection, reduction in colon cancer, and reduction in the severity and frequency of symptoms associated with low female hormones (which are the same hormones as men but in different ratios). In March of 2016, the results of the highly anticipated ELITE study published in the NEJM – found that women who begin hormone therapy early in their menopausal years’ experience a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
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