Hormone Testing for Women
Even a small hormonal imbalance can affect your menstrual cycle, mood, metabolism, libido, and sleep. Testing your hormones can provide insight into the changes your body may be experiencing and how to treat the imbalance.
Women in Balance
As women age, natural changes in the body can result in hormonal imbalances. Hormone levels are also influenced by medical conditions that affect the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes.
Finding the right hormone balance offers significant benefits, such as increased energy, better sleep, stabilized moods, and support in aging physically, emotionally, and mentally. Research has also shown that hormone therapy improves overall health by reducing the risk of disease.
Hormone testing can reveal an abundance of important information about a woman's health. Our hormone specialists will review the tests with you in detail to help create a personalized plan that drives better, faster results.
All OnePeak Medical clinics provide onsite blood draws and laboratory testing for optimal convenience.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy offers effective hormone support for both men and women. Pellets, placed under the skin, consistently improve hormonal imbalance by releasing small, physiologic doses of hormones and providing optimal therapy.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Women
As symptoms of hormone imbalance evolve in women, they have a tendency to think that it is due to stress or aging. Even the smallest hormone imbalance can wreak havoc on your sex drive, mood, weight, and more.
Many women experience hormone imbalance as they age. While perimenopause can begin as early as a woman’s 30s, more women as young as their 20s are experiencing hormone imbalance today. But here’s the kicker – hormone imbalance typically occurs several years before obvious symptoms appear.
- Anxiety, irritability, and depression
- Difficulty sleeping/insomnia
- Infrequent or irregular menstrual cycle
- Loss of libido or reduced orgasms
- Night sweats/hot flashes
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Skin and hair changes
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Vaginal dryness/pain
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Dr. Nisha Jackson talks about a serious issue facing many women, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Nisha discusses the “hormone hurricane” called PCOS and how this syndrome can lead to other health problems for women. She describes in detail all of the symptoms, proper diagnosis and treatments for PCOS, and how poor diet contributes to PCOS by interfering with a woman’s ability to ovulate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hormone levels change naturally with age and life stages. But too much or too little of a certain hormone can create a hormonal imbalance. This could lead to unwelcome symptoms like depression, weight gain, lack of sex drive, irritability, or fatigue.
Hormones can affect a woman’s body in many ways. Whether you think you’re heading toward menopause or just don’t feel your best, testing can help you understand if hormones are contributing to any of your symptoms.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal condition that affects as many as 1 in 10 U.S. women of childbearing age (ages 15-50). With PCOS, the ovaries form small follicles that contain eggs, but the eggs don’t mature; so, the eggs aren’t released. The first symptom of PCOS might be abnormal menstrual cycles that can manifest in heavy or irregular periods, including missed periods, a stopped period, or a frequent period.
The undeveloped follicles result in infrequent or no ovulation and contribute to difficulty conceiving without medical intervention. Women with PCOS typically have elevated androgen hormones, such as testosterone. These hormone elevations can result in acne, excessive hair growth, and thinning hair.
For women, some of these symptoms that signal a hormone imbalance may include:
- Feeling hopeless, anxious, depressed, or unmotivated
- Heavy or irregular menstrual cycles
- Loss of libido
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Night sweats
- Excessive hair on the face, chin, and throughout the body (Hirsutism)
- Thinning hair or hair loss
It’s important to note that your normal hormonal cycle will change naturally due to pregnancy, premenopause, perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. To determine a true imbalance, testing is required.
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