Interaction between the five female hormones (estrogens, progesterone, cortisol, DHEA’s and testosterone) are fundamental to health and hormone imbalances may negatively impact health. Below are examples of how hormone imbalances may impact health:
High levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can cause unstable blood sugars and may increase sugar cravings. High estrogen levels may interfere with thyroid gland function and result in weight gain. High levels of testosterone and/or DHEAs may be associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that makes weight loss very difficult.
While there is no guarantee that restoring hormone balance will lessen these mood symptoms, many women experience some relief from mood disorders when their hormones are balanced.
High or low levels of cortisol may affect sleep, as may low levels of estradiol. For some postmenopausal women, difficulty sleeping is directly related to hot flashes and night sweats, which are often signs of hormone imbalance. Once hormone imbalances are addressed, sleep issues may resolve.
Having too little estrogen can be associated with hot flashes, dry skin, vaginal atrophy, depression, etc.
Testosterone and estradiol help build bone, while high cortisol tends to break down bone. High cortisol is of particular concern because it breaks down bone and interferes with the bone building action of testosterone!
A common pattern of hormone imbalance shows up in women with breast cancer: above range estradiol, below range progesterone, above range evening
cortisol and out of range DHEAs. The Estrogen Metabolism Ratio test can also give some insights into breast cancer risk.
Why Test Saliva Hormones?
Physical: Physical conditions that may cause or contribute to sexual problems include arthritis, urinary or bowel difficulties, pelvic surgery, fatigue, headaches, other pain problems, and neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis. Certain medications, including some antidepressants, blood pressure medications, antihistamines and chemotherapy drugs, can decrease your sex drive and your body’s ability to experience orgasm.
Lower estrogen levels after the menopausal transition may lead to changes in your genital tissues and your sexual responsiveness. The folds
of skin that cover your genital region (labia) become thinner, exposing more of the clitoris. This increased exposure sometimes reduces the
sensitivity of the clitoris, or may cause an unpleasant tingling or prickling sensation.
In addition, the vaginal lining becomes thinner and less elastic, particularly if you’re not sexually active. At the same time, the vagina requires more stimulation to relax and lubricate before intercourse. These factors can lead to painful intercourse (dyspareunia), and experiencing orgasm may take longer.
Your body’s hormone levels also shift after giving birth and during breast-feeding, which can lead to vaginal dryness and can affect your desire to have sex.
Psychological and Social: Untreated anxiety or depression can cause or contribute to sexual dysfunction, as can long-term stress. The worries of pregnancy and demands of being a new mother may have similar effects. Longstanding conflicts with your partner — about sex or any other aspect of your relationship — can diminish your sexual responsiveness as well. Cultural and religious issues and problems with your own body image also may contribute.
Emotional distress can be both a cause and a result of sexual dysfunction. Regardless of where the cycle began, you usually need to address relationship issues for treatment to be effective.
Female Hormones Treatment:
Testosterone cream, Intravaginal Estriol, L-Arginine cream, Oxytoxin nasal spray, counseling.