Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone circulating in the blood stream. Hormones themselves are chemicals produced by our bodies and are part of the endocrine system. Hormones deliver messages to organs and other systems of the body, telling them what to do and when to do it. Since hormones are fundamental in regulating our bodies’ daily functions, even minute imbalances can result in an array of side-effects and symptoms.
Women naturally experience several phases of hormonal fluctuations throughout their life, including:
- Pregnancy and breast feeding
Hormone imbalances can also occur when the endocrine glands are not functioning correctly and women are particularly at higher risk for developing hormonal imbalances due to their more complex endocrine cycles. Occasionally, women may have minor hormone imbalances as part of a change in their phase of life that may cause general, non-specific symptoms and other times a hormone imbalance may be due to a more severe underlying medical condition.
Medical conditions with hormone imbalance in women include:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Thyroid disease
- Pituitary disease
- Primary ovarian insufficiency
- Early menopause
- Ovarian cancer
- Cushing’s disease
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- Heavy, irregular, or painful periods and sudden change in menstrual cycle
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Severe acne
- Weight gain
- Breast tenderness
- Vaginal dryness
- Fluctuations in mood
- Changes in body hair growth
- Thinning hair or hair loss
At Aesthetic Options we have a holistic approach to health and hormone balancing. When hormonal imbalances are suspected we advise on various blood tests that aid to diagnose and help guide our treatment approach.
Your symptoms, age, genetic profile and your general lifestyle will all assist in determining what the right treatment is for you – and this individualised approach is an important part when considering hormone balancing.
Treatments available include prescribed medications and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), bio-identical hormones and hormone creams, as well as IV therapies and natural supplements and hormone boosters.
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