Women can experience hormonal imbalances at any age; however, most women begin to experience hormonal decline in the mid to late 30’s or early 40’s. Hormonal imbalances can be caused due to stress, a poor diet, environmental factors, lack of sleep, smoking or alcohol, poor nutrition, and having a baby. The hormones that most commonly begin to decline are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. While testosterone is thought to mainly be a male hormone, women do produce small amounts of testosterone in their adrenal glands, and it is important for maintaining libido, energy, and muscle mass. Perimenopause is the period when estrogen and progesterone start to drop, and it usually occurs 4-6 years prior to menopause. Perimenopause can cause irregular periods, mood swings, acne, migraines, headaches, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, low libido, and fatigue.
After several years of perimenopause and not having a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, menopause officially begins. After menopause begins, many of the symptoms change and intensify, and new symptoms appear. During menopause, the ovaries have stopped producing significant amounts of estrogen and progesterone, and ideally, the adrenal glands are supposed to take over the production of these hormones. However, in most women, the adrenal glands are exhausted due to stress, lack of sleep, or a poor diet, and they cannot produce the necessary amounts of hormones. During menopause, a woman may experience symptoms such as weight gain, reduced libido, mood swings, insomnia, and hot flashes.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can provide a myriad of benefits for women suffering from hormone decline. Women do not have to suffer through perimenopause or menopause and can enjoy their transition out of the reproductive years. Dr. Tice’s expert programs can help to meet individual needs and improve overall health. Some of the benefits of bioidentical hormones may include: