Hormonal Imbalances

Normal hormonal changes occur naturally in women — they are what regulate the menstrual cycle from month to month. Hormones are powerful substances that regulate a woman’s entire reproductive life; they regulate menstruation, determine fertility, menopause, and libido. The pituitary gland in the brain as well as the ovaries produce most of the female hormones. When hormones are unbalanced or disrupted, there are many different disorders that may occur:

  • Amenorrhea
  • Infertility
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
    • Anovulatory cycles or amenorrhea
    • Weight gain
    • Hirsutism (male pattern hair growth)
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • Acne
  • Pituitary dysfunction
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency

Chronic stress as well as congenital factors may negatively affect the thyroid gland, leading to either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland has a very strong effect on hormonal balance and can lead to issues, especially with fertility. Symptoms associated with thyroid include fatigue, weight gain, dry skin and hair, brain fog, intolerance to cold, as well as cold hands and feet. When a patient has adrenal dysfunction they may feel unusually fatigued with palpitations, lightheadedness, hypotension, craving for salt, fluctuations on weight, and brain fog. Furthermore, these imbalances have an impact of a patient’s psychological health, manifesting as problems ranging from depression to panic disorders. Some symptoms of hormonal imbalances include:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Irregular periods
  • Food cravings
  • Skin changes
  • Monthly weight fluctuation
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Fluid retention
  • Backaches
  • Frequent colds
  • Low stress tolerance
  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive
  • Yeast infections
  • Breast cysts
  • Uterine fibroids

Restoring hormonal balance at all stages of the female reproductive cycle (menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause) is an important issue that the practitioners at Denver Holistic Medicine deal with on a daily basis. We have many natural, safe options to offer to help restore our patients’ normal imbalances, without the use of HRT. Some steps include:

  • Supporting the endocrine system
  • Supporting immune function, reducing stress on the endocrine system
  • Dietary and nutritional changes to genetic predisposition, allergies, personal weight and exercise
  • Guiding in proper nutrition, helping to restore digestive function
  • Patient education about the nature of their imbalance
  • Relieving unnecessary stress → adding yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, etc. as a daily practice
  • Referrals to counseling or group stress management workshops
  • Relaxation techniques → walking, swimming, creative outlets

 

 Figure 1 – In our hypothalamus we make GnRH which stimulates LH & FSH in the pituitary gland which will go to the endocrine glands, uterus and ovaries.

Figure 1 – In our hypothalamus we make GnRH which stimulates LH & FSH in the pituitary gland which will go to the endocrine glands, uterus and ovaries.

 Figure 3 – Major Endocrine Glands: Hypothalamus → Pituitary gland, Pineal gland → Parathyroid gland, Thyroid gland → Thymus → Adrenal gland, Kidney → Pancreas → Ovary, Testes.

Figure 3 – Major Endocrine Glands: Hypothalamus → Pituitary gland, Pineal gland → Parathyroid gland, Thyroid gland → Thymus → Adrenal gland, Kidney → Pancreas → Ovary, Testes.