Hormones are tremendously complex. During the pre-menopausal years, imbalanced hormones can pose challenges regarding mood stabilization, conception, and regulation of your menstrual cycle.
Many women entering their 40s or 50s experience a range of symptoms from hormonal imbalance, including loss of sex drive, “brain fog,” weight gain, hot flashes, irregular menstrual cycles, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, depression, and changes in sleep patterns.
From the onset of your period through menopause and beyond, proper hormone balance affects many of the issues most important to you: sex, fertility, relationships, and even your outlook on life. Establishing baseline measures is essential to determining the need for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or other means of balancing hormones. With proper insights, you and Dr. Thomas can create a natural HRT program, including the use of bioidentical hormones.
The thyroid gland secretes hormones that regulate your metabolism. Disruptions can slow down or speed up your bodyʼs metabolism, resulting in fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, weight gain or loss, changes in menses, high blood pressure, and heart problems.
The adrenal glands produce several hormones, including DHEA and cortisol. When out of sync due to stress and other influences, these hormonal imbalances can cause weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, obesity, and reduced sense of well-being. A prolonged imbalance can impact the immune system, trigger premature aging, and set the stage for chronic illness.
Osteoporosis is a disease that results from bone loss, gradually leading to bone weakening. Reduced height, stooped posture, fractures, and deformities may result. Most diagnostic tests only confirm bone loss after it has occurred. Dr. Thomas will utilize tests that detect early active bone loss before it becomes a problem, allowing you to take preventive action.
Melatonin possesses powerful anti-aging and anti-cancer properties and enhances sleep. Low levels may be associated with insomnia, menstrual irregularities, and infertility. High levels may be associated with depression.