A woman’s body is like a major business. Every part has a specific task to do, and all the pieces are interconnected. Some body parts do the heavy lifting, some do the thinking and reasoning, and others do the day-to-day living. The nerves send electrical signals throughout the body, telling the muscles, brain, heart, and other organs what they should do and how they should do it. There is another important set of messengers flowing throughout the body. The hormones are chemical messengers that flow to glands and organs through the blood and other bodily fluids to regulate a variety of mechanisms of the body. If you begin to suffer from a hormone imbalance, the symptoms will be apparent almost immediately.
Each body is filled with numerous hormones that are created by the endocrine glands. All men and women have a hypothalamus, parathyroid, thymus, pancreas, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, and pineal gland. While most of these glands or organs are incredibly small, they serve a vital purpose in regulating everything from one’s temperature and hunger levels to mood and sleep. However, women also have a set of very important female organs that produce hormones integral to a woman’s wellbeing. These are the ovaries. Most well-known for producing estrogen and progesterone, the ovaries also produce a small amount of testosterone, which is important for overall health.
When hormones are in perfect balance, a woman will feel well-rested, happy and calm. She will feel very good physically as well. She will not feel overly hungry, her body will be at the perfect temperature and her skin, hair and nails will look and feel healthy. The symptoms of a hormone imbalance may come on suddenly or gradually depending on their cause. At first, a woman is likely to chalk up her poor feelings to some other cause, such as not getting enough sleep, having a stressful job or getting older. While age, high stress environments and sleep schedules certainly do impact hormonal health, they may actually be the symptoms of a hormone imbalance. Other causes of a hormone imbalance could include diet, genetics, pain, medications, and weight gain.
Depending on the hormone that is out of balance, women may feel a number of different symptoms. This is due to the fact that hormones control almost all major processes in the body even though they are so tiny. Here is a look at some of the most important hormones found in a woman’s body, how they work and how women are apt to feel if suffering a hormone imbalance.
Cortisol is most well-known as the stress hormone. While it is responsible for many important functions, such as giving you energy throughout the day, it can also create many serious and life-altering problems if it is too high or too low. In the perfect conditions, cortisol should be higher during the morning when one first wakes up and needs energy. Throughout the day, cortisol should naturally decrease, allowing one to feel relaxed, restful, and tired by the end of the day.
A cortisol hormone imbalance can lead to widespread chronic inflammation, which can lead to pain, gut issues, and high blood pressure. Imbalances can also lead to lethargy, difficulty sleeping and weight gain as well as mental issues, such as high anxiety and stress levels.
Thyroid hormones are created by the small but important thyroid gland. Low thyroid levels can lead to fatigue, weakness, coldness, and difficulty losing weight. It will also show up on the skin and hair, which will become dry and coarse. Some may even lose their hair. Mentally, hypothyroidism can cause irritability, depression, and difficulty concentrating.
One or more of the four thyroid hormones may also be high. The body seems to be working overtime, and individuals may find themselves feeling irritable, having heart palpitations and experiencing insomnia multiple times per week. They may feel shaky, dizzy, and nervous and may have diarrhea.
Melatonin is best known for being the hormone that induces sleep. Melatonin helps with one’s sleep cycle, allowing an individual to get sleepy at the right time and keeping him or her asleep throughout the night. A melatonin imbalance can lead to insomnia.
Testosterone is important even in the female body. However, when levels are too high, women may be infertile and may be diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. They may also develop increased facial and body hair.
Estrogen and Progesterone
Estrogen and progesterone are the most well-known hormones that can be out of balance in the female body. This most frequently occurs with menopause when levels of these hormones drop significantly. Ideally, these symptoms should only last a year or two, but they can last much longer in some women. The most common symptoms of a hormone imbalance with these include insomnia, night sweats, irritability, and other mood changes. Of course, there will also be changes in menstrual patterns as they slow. Weight gain, particularly in the midsection, is also common. Other symptoms could include fluid retention, back pain, poor metabolism, frequent urination, and a decreased sex drive. These are the hormones most frequently treated for imbalance in our clinic.
Of course, there are many other hormones in the body, such as insulin. Each has an important role to play in physical and emotional health. When the hormones are out of balance, a woman will definitely not feel like herself. She may even have life-altering concerns, such as infertility. Each hormone is important. While they are designed to ebb and flow in sync, they can quickly get out of sync when a woman does not care for her body properly or when the woman’s body seems to turn on her for reasons that are outside her control.
At Quench Wellness, we offer a variety of options to help you get your hormones back in order once again. We know how much you long to feel like yourself, and we will help diagnose your exact problem and find the right treatment solution for you. With our hormone optimization program, we can help you learn new lifestyle changes that will have you feeling better. There may be some dietary tweaks that will help you, or we may recommend that you lose some body weight or move your body more frequently each week.
However, hormone replacement therapy is often a part of a well-rounded treatment plan. This therapy is usually only a short-term solution to help you get your body back to feeling how you want it to feel. When certain hormones are low, we can give you medications that will replace them and bring them back to optimal levels. We use only bio-identical hormones. These hormones are just like the ones found naturally within your body. This means that your body will respond to them well and will be able to use them optimally. Bioidentical hormones can easily become integrated into your body to bring up levels just enough so that you begin to feel like yourself.
We also choose BioTE Medical for our hormone replacement therapy. This company stands by its incredibly high standard of making safe and effective hormones for a woman’s body. This is a physician-founded company, and you can trust it for your needs.
When you come for treatment, we will first identify what hormones are causing your symptoms. While it may be only one hormone that is out of balance, we often find that one hormone has caused a plethora of other concerns as each hormone works cyclically with other hormones in the body. After ensuring that we have properly diagnosed you, we turn to BioTE for treatment. BioTE relies on pellet therapy to provide incredibly consistent amounts of medication in the body. Rather than inundating you with too much hormone all at once and then allowing it to wear off, pellet therapy keeps your hormone levels even, which is exactly how your body naturally works.
We have found that pellet therapy is preferred for treating all of the common signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance as compared to other older methods of treatment. While oral medications, topical creams and vaginal treatments can work, they may spike your hormone levels too high or may not be fully integrated by your body.
At Quench Wellness, we want you to feel as good as you possibly can. That is why we work with you closely and carefully throughout the process to ensure that you get results that are individualized for your needs. Each woman’s body is completely unique. We understand this, and we realize that what works for another woman may not be the right choice for you. Even if it takes a few tries for you to feel completely like yourself again, we will be by your side throughout the process. If you are feeling any of the symptoms that were described above, we encourage you to contact our experienced practitioners who can meet with you in an extended consultation. We always listen carefully to ensure that we best meet your hormonal needs. Quench Wellness is conveniently located in Chicago, IL.