What are Female Hormones?
Female hormones play a critical role in many health functions of women from menstruation health, to pregnancy, to menopause and more. An imbalance of these hormones can not only cause many symptoms but can lead to various medical conditions.
How Can a Female Hormone Imbalance Cause Pain?
From puberty to reproductive years to menopause, female hormone levels will fluctuate. However, an imbalance in these levels can cause significant pain and a multitude of symptoms. Studies have shown that an imbalance of estrogen can increase spinal pain, joint pain, pelvic pain and fibromyalgia-like symptoms.
Types of Female Hormones
- Follicular Luteinizing Hormone
- Luteinizing Hormone
Symptoms of Female Hormone Imbalance
- Weight Gain
- Fluid Retention
- Anxiety, Irritability, Depression
- Migraines and Headaches
- Breast Tenderness
- Irregular Periods and Cramping
- Low Libido
- Vaginal Dryness
- Excessive Hair Growth
Testing for Female Hormone Imbalance
If Medi360 Center’s integrative medical team determines that you might have an imbalance in female hormones, they will prescribe a comprehensive female hormone test. This test can include the following lab markers
- 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone
- 2 Hyrdroxyestrone
- Estrone Sulfate
- Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
Treatment of Female Hormone Imbalance
Based off the clinical testing results of a patient’s lab, the integrative medical team might use a combination of the following treatment protocols
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement: This natural way of balancing hormones can help females achieve symptom relief and balance hormones
Targeted Nutritional Therapy: Targeted nutrients can further help reduce symptoms and balance hormones
Dietary and Exercise Plan: There are numerous studies which have shown specific foods that can balance hormones and provide symptom relief
Frequently Asked Female Hormone Questions
There are numerous reasons to test your hormones but one of the best reasons is to understand what is going on in your body that might be causing your symptoms and perhaps your medical condition. Understanding the imbalance of hormones will help paint a picture for the doctor in understanding of how to get to the root cause of your health concerns rather than just treating your symptoms
Depending on the integrative medical provider and the specific patient health concern, the provider can use saliva, urine or plasma testing
The integrative medical provider wants to have a holistic understanding of your hormones and therefore will prescribe an in depth lab to measure multiple types of female hormones.