Women's Hormone Health
Menstrual cycle problems or menopausal symptom complaints are the most common reason for female patient medical visits. The complaints typically include one or more of these issues:
- Heavy or Painful Periods
- Irregular Bleeding
- Cyclic Depression and Mood Changes (“PMS”)
- Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
- Breast Tenderness
All of these symptoms can occur in any woman before, during or after the menopause transition. Typically, doctors treat these symptoms by controlling the periods with birth control pills or synthetic hormone replacement pills. Sometimes antidepressants are added to treat the mood symptoms.
Often the dosages of the hormones given are more potent than the body’s normal natural production at that age and serve to suppress the body’s natural hormone output. The body then “runs” off the synthetic hormones in the medication. This achieves a temporary fake sense of balance to the body and improvement in symptoms for some patients, but these are often accompanied by debilitating “side effects” like headaches, nausea, skin changes, sexual problems, and bloating or weight gain!
Our approach is to accurately test the key hormone levels in your saliva during the times you are most symptomatic. The vast majority of the time, a deficiency in progesterone is revealed. Yes, most women, even in early menopause, have the same absolute levels of estrogens that they had when they were cycling. The symptoms they are feeling are most likely due to an age, or stress-related reduction in progesterone levels that balance the estrogens they are producing. Progesterone is not found in any birth control pill or in the most popular hormone replacement pills or patches. By replacing the lost progesterone and other deficient hormones, natural balance is restored. This often results in resolution of symptoms without side effects. Levels can be rechecked to ensure balance is maintained.
Abnormal periods and menopausal symptoms should never be written off as “normal” or part of “aging”. With the accuracy and detail of saliva testing, we can find the specific cause and customize the therapy to each individual.