For women, hormone balance is essential for optimal health. But your hormones can quickly get out of whack with age, stress, diet, and other factors. That can lead to numerous health problems. At Darien Integrative Medicine in Darien, Connecticut, women can experience what it’s like to regain hormonal equilibrium under the expert care of Dr. Michael E. Doyle.
Using a combination of traditional and alternative therapies, he identifies and treats the cause of your hormonal imbalance so you can look and feel your best, no matter your age.
Female Hormone Imbalance Q & A
What causes a female hormone imbalance?
For women, excellent health requires a healthy balance of three key hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When triggered by an underlying health condition, stress, or menopause, the production of these hormones can decrease or become imbalanced.
Hormonal imbalances can create significant health issues. Dietary or lifestyle habits that compromise the body can further compound a hormonal imbalance.
Some women may be more prone to hormonal fluctuations based on genetics or age, and sometimes a hormonal problem can manifest during a time of significant stress.
What are the symptoms of female hormone imbalance?
The symptoms of a female hormone imbalance can manifest differently, depending on which hormone is insufficient in the body.
The most common symptoms of an estrogen deficiency are low libido, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes. Other symptoms include:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Menstrual irregularities
- Loss of breast fullness
- Bladder infections and urinary incontinence
- Joint pains
- Bone thinning or osteoporosis
- Coronary artery disease
The most common symptoms of low progesterone are heavy periods, infertility, and increased belly fat. Other symptoms include:
- Poor sleep
- Anxiety, mood swings, irritability, anger
- Endometriosis and uterine fibroids
- Cysts on the breasts and ovaries
- Abnormal heart rhythms
Symptoms of low testosterone include low libido, depression, low muscle strength, and fatigue.
Since female hormonal problems can include the imbalance of more than one hormone, your symptoms might fluctuate depending on the time of the month, your stress levels, or other factors.
How is female hormone imbalance treated?
At Darien Integrative Medicine, Dr. Doyle treats hormonal imbalances with bioidentical hormones. These types of real hormones demonstrably improve patients’ health and restore their quality of life.
Natural hormone therapy can treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, bone thinning, sexual dysfunction, and poor sleep. In non-menopausal women, it can balance mood-related symptoms, help with weight control, regulate the menstrual cycle, and decrease stress and anxiety.
Combined with other natural therapies that address your diet and lifestyle, Dr. Doyle creates a customized plan for you that takes into account the unique goals of your recovery.
To book an initial consultation with Dr. Doyle, use the easy online scheduler.