10 Days of Testosterone!

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Day 5

Depression

Depression, mood swings, and other unexplained emotional symptoms can be caused by decreased testosterone levels. These symptoms occur because the hormone helps regulate more than just energy levels and libido; it also plays an important role in mood stabilization and mental focus. Other neuropsychiatric symptoms of low androgen levels in women include a generalized lack of motivation and a loss of interest in activities the patient once enjoyed. Patients also frequently complain of a pervasively “low mood,” which may not descend into full-blown depression but is nonetheless constantly present.

The mood-based symptoms of reduced testosterone levels in women are often misdiagnosed and treated with antidepressants and other drugs, when hormone therapy holds the potential to yield similar results with a lower risk of complications and side effects. While these symptoms may be among the most noticeable, you should evaluate yourself carefully for the presence of others to reduce your risk of a root-cause misdiagnosis. At Complete Hormone Solutions, we treat many symptoms with all natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.  We would love the opportunity to help you start living again with BHRT! Call today to schedule your appointment! 256-350-9880 or take our ONLINE TEST for your FREE CONSULTATION!

10 Days of Testosterone!

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in functional medicine, Men, Menopausal Research, obesity, overweight, Uncategorized, Women

Day 3

Weight Gain

Weight gain commonly shows itself in women affected by low testosterone. For instance, a loss of muscle tissue may be followed by a sudden unexplained increase in body fat, particularly around the area of the abdomen. In fact, many researchers now believe that diminishing testosterone levels is a leading cause of midlife weight gain in women, if not the single most common culprit.

The weight gain associated with reduced levels of testosterone in women may also present alongside other noticeable changes in physiology. In particular, women with diminishing testosterone levels also experience changes in muscle tone and bone density, which can have a significant impact on the appearance and character of the body. These symptoms usually start to appear when women are in their mid-30s, but all too often, they’re chalked up to simply being a part of getting older when, in fact, they are treatable and, in many cases, reversible. We would love the opportunity to help you cross this symptom out!

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10 Days of TESTOSTERONE!

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DAY ONE:

FATIGUE

Many of us might not consider testosterone, a hormone in the androgen (or male) category, as vital for women. However, a woman’s sexual health can be extremely affected by decreased testosterone levels (or low T).
Testosterone hormone in women is emitted from the ovaries and adrenal glands, with levels of the hormone naturally increasing during puberty and pregnancy and decreasing with age and the onset of menopause. However, a sudden drop in testosterone can affect a woman’s libido, energy levels, and mood.
Here are ten common signs of low testosterone in women…

1. Fatigue
Women with decreased testosterone levels often notice a sudden drop in their energy levels. This can manifest in several ways; you may have a hard time finding the energy to get out of bed in the morning, or you just may feel drained of energy throughout the day. Physical activities which don’t normally cause fatigue may leave you feeling spent or exhausted, and you may struggle to get through what would otherwise be a normal day or work or leisure.
One of the telltale signs that your chronic fatigue may have an underlying cause (and could therefore be related to low testosterone levels) is that is is unrelieved by sleep. In other words, if you’re finding yourself chronically tired even though you’re getting lots of sleep at night or supplementing with naps throughout the day, a hormone deficiency could be the underlying problem.

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Signs of Endometriosis and Treatment!

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FullSizeRender (3)If you are wondering if you have endometriosis symptoms, it really is time to take stock and analyse just what is going on. You will never know if you have such medical condition unless you take the time to first know about its symptoms. Look for an Endometriosis Symptoms Checklist so that you will know what signs you need to watch out for. That way, you will be able to get the most appropriate remedy in no time. Otherwise, you might just end up developing infertility, or, at the very least, having to live with dreadful symptoms for years to come.

1. Extreme Pain

Endometriosis is actually a condition wherein the sufferer goes through severe pain while having her irregular menstruation.  Make sure that you see a doctor the instant you feel extreme menstrual pain. Otherwise it might lead to scar tissue which can be very painful; or worse, you might simply add to the statistics of women who develop fertility problems or infertility.

Pain could be felt in the pelvis and the lower back or perhaps during the sexual intercourse with your partner. Other times, the sufferer feels pain in her legs, in the intestines or sometimes when doing some bowel movements.

2. Heavy Bleeding During Or Between Menstruation

Check how heavy the flow of blood is for the entire period of your menstruation. More often than not, those women who go through an irregular cycle are the ones who are most likely to develop the condition of Endometriosis. Other times the heavy bleeding can be felt even between menstruations. In other words, even if the menstruation has stopped, there might be still bleeding in some women who are afflicted with such disorder.

3. Abdominal Bloating

The feeling of bloatedness in the abdomen is also one of the most common Endometriosis symptoms. What is more, this feeling of having a bloated tummy is more often than not accompanied by pain. Also, there can also be some pain felt in the rectum that goes with some gas build up or flatulence in your abdomen.

4. History Of The Following:

First, do you have a history of ovarian endometrioma which is more commonly known as the “chocolate cysts”?  Or did you ever have a miscarriage, fertility problems or perhaps once encountered an ectopic pregnancy? Maybe you have relatives who have been diagnosed to have the condition of Endometriosis. Or you may also try checking if you remember having a history of greater than average fatigue or perhaps you noticed a decrease in your immunity wherein you easily got sick and exhausted at one point in time?  Last but not least, did you encounter any allergies that seemed to worsen when you had your menstruation? If you have encountered any of these things in the past, then make sure you immediately set an appointment with your doctor.

Other Endometriosis symptoms you will need to let your doctor make a diagnosis of include the possible presence of cysts in your uterus.

Or lastly, perhaps you may have other Endometriosis symptoms such as having infertility issues. With these symptoms, you should right away consult your doctor, be diagnosed in order that you may immediately get the treatment you need.

TREATMENT FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS:

Hormone therapies may be used as a treatment for mild endometriosis or as a combined therapy, either prior to, or after surgery, for moderate to severe endometriosis.

Hormonal therapies aim to reduce pain and the severity of the endometriosis by:

  • suppressing the growth of endometrial cells
  • stopping any bleeding, including the period
Progestogens
Progestins provide pain relief for up to 80% of women with endometriosis.

  • progestins relieve the symptoms of endometriosis, but it is believed they suppress the growth of the endometrial tissue in some way, causing them to shrink gradually and eventually disappear.

We can help you in this process.  Our doctors will work at getting your hormones balanced naturally to ensure your path way to healing. Start by taking our ONLINE TEST and call our office today at 256-350-9880 to schedule your blood work, and let us help you get started on feeling better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Progesterone and Depression

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woman depressedFluctuations in the key female hormones–estrogen and progesterone–can cause a number of symptoms including irregular menstrual cycles, an increase in bad cholesterol in the blood, sleep problems and hot flashes. Hormonal changes that occur during perimenopause–the transition period before menopause–may bring on symptoms such as irritability and mood swings for some women. You should not ignore symptoms of low progesterone as hormonal imbalances can also lead to intense anxiety and depression.

Female Reproductive Cycle

Hormone fluctuations that occur in connection with the female reproductive cycle can influence mood and lead to symptoms of depression in some women. Women who are pregnant, those who are experiencing postpartum baby blues or who suffer the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder undergo hormonal changes that can affect mood and emotional well-being. Perimenopause and menopause are other times in a woman’s life when hormones fluctuate, putting her at increased risk of depression.

Role of Progesterone

Progesterone is a sex hormone that plays a major role in fertility and pregnancy. Your body needs progesterone to keep your menstrual cycles normal. Levels of the hormone progesterone rise and fall throughout a woman’s monthly cycle. When progesterone levels drop, progesterone deficiency leads to estrogen dominance. This imbalance of too much estrogen can cause the body to retain copper and lose zinc in the blood and brain. There may be a link between zinc levels and depression. Symptoms of depression have also been associated with copper toxicity.

Symptoms of Low Progesterone

Symptoms of low progesterone levels may include weight gain, bloating, changes in appetite, muscle and joint pain, sleeplessness, irritability and difficulty concentrating. Diminishing hormone levels can also lead to symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety and in some cases, feelings of depression. Progesterone has a calming effect on mood similar to that of serotonin–a hormone that helps to enhance mood. When levels of progesterone and estrogen begin to drop, especially as a woman gets closer to menopause, anxiety sometimes becomes more of a problem, according to Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN nurse practitioner.

Effects on the Body

The hormone progesterone is the precursor of estrogen, testosterone and other corticosteroid hormones. Progesterone is produced in both the ovaries and adrenal glands. Along with the role it plays in reproduction, this steroid hormone helps women cope with stress. However, the body produces little progesterone following menopause. Migraine, irregular periods, infertility, miscarriage, premenstrual syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome are just some of the medical conditions related to low progesterone levels. Dr. Peter Bongiorno, an adjunct faculty member at New York University and author of “Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Treatments,” recommends screening for and treating any menstrual cycle and estrogen/progesterone abnormalities when evaluating a depressed female patient.

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