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Hormonal Balance: Determining high/low Estrogen/Progesterone

young-woman-headache-symptomHormonal balance is important to a woman’s system, both physical and mental.   Estrogen is especially important to women and plays a role in almost every bodily function.  Many of our patients (older and younger) have hormone issues for a variety of reasons.  Taking estrogen or progesterone, or a combination of both, will be helpful in stabilizing these hormone levels so you can feel good again.

As your body ages and changes, your hormones will need to be adjusted.  Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to judge how much estrogen or progesterone you need on any given day; the amount of estrogen your body needs and uses each day is based on everything from stress to nutrition to activity levels.  So, we adjust hormones based on symptoms and feeling and can teach you how to do this at home.

If your Estrogen is too high and/or your Progesterone too low you may feel:

  • headache/migraines
  • mood swings
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • tender or swollen breasts
  • acne
  • new or worsening facial hair growth
  • thinning hair or hair falling out
  • irregular periods
  • low sex drive
  • weight gain
  • anxiety/restlessness

 

If your Estrogen is too low and your Progesterone too high you may feel:

  • headache/migraines
  • mood swings
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • acne
  • dry skin
  • low sex drive
  • vaginal infections (new or recurring) or dryness
  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • memory issues or difficulty concentrating
  • panic attacks
  • weight gain

 

Some symptoms appear on both lists.  For example, if your main complaints are headaches and migraines, that could be an indicator of either high/low estrogen or high/low progesterone.  So, it’s important to be aware of all other symptoms you might be having, even if they’re not as apparent, and keep track of when they happen.  Let us help you achieve hormonal balance!

Posted in Hormone Therapy, Hormones, Symptoms

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