Hormones - Women

 

Women of any age can experience hormone imbalance symptoms. With aging, however, many women experience symptoms due to declining estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone production. Perimenopause refers to the time of fluctuating hormone levels before periods stop, and can last anywhere from one to ten or more years before menopause. Menopause technically starts one year after a woman stops having periods.

Symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include:

  • Heavy, irregular, or painful periods
  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Foggy thinking
  • Memory problems
  • Breast tenderness
  • Water retention or bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Acne or oily skin
  • Increased facial hair
  • Thinning skin or wrinkles
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Cold body temperature
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Infertility
  • Bone loss
  • Ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids

Treatment

The first step in balancing hormones is to treat the cause when possible. Besides aging, unmanaged stress, poor diet and lifestyle habits, and environmental toxicity can contribute to hormone imbalance symptoms.

Not all women choose to replace hormones after menopause. Often times, however, a woman suffers from such significant symptoms that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may be necessary. After symptoms resolve, some women choose to discontinue one or more hormones they take. Some women do decide to use BHRT long-term, to maintain energy and vitality of youth, as well as promote optimal aging. Dr. Retzler believes it is your choice whether or not to replace deficient hormones, and supports you in becoming informed about risks, benefits, and treatment options. Yearly lab tests and office visits will enable you to review your current health, BHRT prescription, and new research that may impact your treatment.


*We are a holistic longevity medical practice specializing in Bioidentical Hormones, Age Management and Functional Medicine. Our mission is to prevent, slow, and treat age and lifestyle-related disease. We only prescribe hormones within the context of a comprehensive treatment plan with the goal of helping you achieve optimal health and well being. We do not prescribe hormones to anyone with a history of illegal steroid use, bodybuilders, or anyone looking for isolated improvements in sports performance. No medications or hormones will ever be dispensed by HormoneSynergy® Clinic LLC or Dr. Retzler without an in office consultation, comprehensive medical evaluation, laboratory testing, a prescription, and proper follow up protocols. This clinic does not prescribe growth hormone. Dr. Retzler does not participate with any insurance providers, accept any insurance reimbursement, or make any profit from lab testing.

The information provided on this website is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please seek advice from a medical professional to help evaluate your symptoms and condition for proper diagnosis.