Testosterone deficiency: This is most common in men over the age of fifty, and can be remedied with special nutritional supplements; increased muscle-building exercise; and supplemental hormones including (natural) testosterone, progesterone, and DHEA. You can find details in Dr. Lee's booklet, Hormone Balance For Men. It is also recommended that you get a saliva hormone test to find out which hormone(s) would be best for you. A basic set of baseline tests for men would include testosterone, DHEA, estrogen and progesterone through a saliva test. It may also be helpful to measure morning and evening cortisol by saliva test, and SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) by blood spot test.
TCM practitioners believe that the emotions of fear cause disease in your reproductive organs, kidneys and adrenals, affecting cortisol levels. This can lead to serious conditions like PCOS and infertility. The emotions of frustration, impatience and un-forgiveness cause disease in your liver, which can lead to an estrogen imbalance. And emotions of worry and anxiety can cause issues with your insulin levels, which can then affect several hormones. (11)
Fennel: Problems with your gut health have been found to cause autoimmune reactions, including thyroid disorders. Use fennel essential oil to relax your body, improve your digestion and gut health, boost your metabolism and reduce inflammation. You can rub 2 drops of fennel into your stomach or add 1-2 drops to a class of warm water or tea to take it internally.
First week of July I was diagnosed again of having hemorrhagic cyst on both of my ovaries. That was the only time that an obygene confirmed that im having this so called hormonal imbalance, and it cause me my acne breakout, weight gain, anxiety, sleepless night etc,! I don’t know how to start to fight my condition. I lost my self steam by looking at my face full of acne for a long time now. I have read your article and I was enlightened. I just need someone to push me and tell me it’s not too late I can still do something for my condition. Thanks for your very reliable article. It’s been helpful.
Hi. I feel like I’m losing my mind. I’m 43 and until 18 months ago lived a normal,happy, confident life. Due to a couple of bereavements I had a breakdown and all my issues regarding death and aging came flooding out. I’ve been on antidepressants ever since but I seem to be in this cycle of feeling ok then crashing through the floor around ovulation time. I can never feel well for long periods of time. I’m not sure whether I’m pre menopausal or what is going on. I’ve tried so many different therapies (counsellor type stuff) and spent so much money I’m just not sure I can go on like this. I’m not suicidal as I’m terrified of death but I feel totally joyless in my life which is so totally unlike how I was before. Please help if you can. Many thanks.
At Amen Clinics, we can help you regain balance of your hormones and feel yourself once again. We offer hormone replacement therapy as part of our Integrative Medicine program that combines conventional medicine with complementary and alternative therapies. If you suffer from hormone imbalance due to BCP’s, connect with us online or call 888-288-9834 today.
Hormonal imbalances can occur in men and women of almost any age.1 A variety of factors can be related to these imbalances, including high insulin levels from diets high in refined foods and sugar, exposure to environmental toxins (xenoestrogens), high consumption of hydrogenated fats, and lack of physical activity leading to weight gain.2-5 Age is also a factor in reduced levels of hormones, creating feelings of imbalance in everyday pursuits. For example, testosterone levels in women begin going down after age 20. By age 40 a woman's testosterone level will be half of what it was when she was 20 years old. This is why getting hormone levels checked even while in your 20's may be necessary if you aren't feeling yourself. For women between the ages of 40–60, testosterone levels can remain pretty constant. After menopause testosterone declines once again.1
Hi,am 21 i have abnormal period some time i get it in 2 weeks some times in 3,i have tired to use birth control pill but after i used it for 3 month i stoped,while i was on the pill everything is right no pain no abnormality nor acne.but right after i stoped using it i got this big painfull bumps that literally mess up my face.it’s been 2 month since i stoped using birth control pill and now am trying to work out and stable my hormones naturally but to be honest it hasn’t been goin well for me.my breats hurts so much i have black marks on my face am usually dipressed and dont want to leave home,since i knew about my unbalanced hormones i didn’t almost everything i can but its not effective as it’s written in every book or online pages I’ve read,can u tell me what i should do to balance my hormones? Please help me
Since I had a total thyroidectomy almost a yr ago my libido and breast have been dropping like crazy, I’m having night sweats, anxiety, puffy eyes, stress, confusion, lack of sleep, lack of energy, major hair loss, I’m getting very irritable very fast, depressed and worry a lot over nothing. I think its a hormonal issue because I never had the majority of these problems in my life till after the TT especially the the first ones, no libido and no breasts, could this be a hormonal issue/problem or am I losing it???
I had a total hysterectomy at 36. I’m now 40. I was on the patch felt terrible all the time. Started the hormone pellet therapy and felt better. Every time I go for labs my estrogen is high and my testosterone is high. I have noticed increased belly fat, aging skin, cellulite, tired all the time, irritable, etc etc. I don’t know what to do will stopping all the hormones age me faster. I don’t want to be all wrinkled and saggy at 40! Any advice would be great! Thank you.
The thyroid gland produces two types of active hormones, T3 and T4. Significantly more T4 is made than T3, yet T3 has a much stronger effect. T3 is also produced by certain organs and tissues in the body. While these hormones are typically attached to a protein and inactive, the “free” active forms of T3 and T4 influence our metabolism. High or low activity of either of these hormones can indicate menstrual and ovulatory abnormalities.
Expert advice: "The good news is that Meredith's insomnia seems to have a clear precipitant―the breakup," says sleep-medicine specialist David Neubauer, M.D., a sleep-medicine specialist and an associate director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center, in Baltimore. Neubauer calls her situation "conditioned arousal," which, he says, is common. "Her sleep problems may have been initially caused by an external trigger, but over time the sleep problems become self-propagating. Eventually she became conditioned to become anxious about her sleep." Some things that might help:
Hello,thanks a lot for such an amazing knowledge. I suffer from an irregular period with the longest cycle and I’ve got a broad chest and belly fat and stomach bloating too. My moods swing so easily and sometimes, crying isn’t so difficult for me. Could it be as a result of hormonal imbalances? If so how do i handle them naturally? Please help me for i really want to have children of my own.
In the context of relationship conflict, DPA has big psychological effects. It decreases one’s ability to take in information (reducing hearing and peripheral vision and making it difficult to shift attention away from a defensive posture). It can also create increased defensiveness and what we call the “summarizing yourself syndrome,” which is repeating one’s own position in the hope that one’s partner will suddenly “get it” and become loving again. DPA can reduce the ability to be creative in problem solving, it eliminates access to one’s sense of humor and to affection, and it reduces the ability to listen to one’s partner and empathize.
Urine testing: A urine hormone test requires that you collect every drop of urine for a 24-hour period. Then your urine is tested to identify each hormone that is present and at what levels on that particular day. This is the most extensive hormone health test because it measures your hormone levels throughout the entire day, instead of the levels for a moment in time, which is the case for blood and saliva tests.
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Testing FSH is frequently used to determine the hormonal status of premenopausal women who may complain of hot flashes, mood changes, or other symptoms. The FSH test should not be used as an accurate measure of sex steroid hormone production or as an indication of reproductive status for most women, because the level of FSH fluctuates widely during the decade before menopause.
Her challenge: Nicole Williams, 42, a married homemaker and freelance camerawoman from Los Angeles, has always been nocturnal, but the situation has gotten worse since the birth of her child, four years ago. She grows more alert late at night, then stays up until about 3 a.m., watching TV, reading, clearing out e-mail, and organizing things for her family. Her daughter wakes her up at 7:30 a.m., and Nicole says she then feels “dangerously drowsy, irritated, and exhausted all day long.” She almost never naps and normally uses the time when her daughter is at school to work or get other things done. Both prescription and over-the-counter sleep medications have worked, but Nicole worries about being groggy in the morning and doesn’t want to become reliant on them. She has also tried aromatherapy, warm drinks before bed, and meditation.
Hi am wangechi 23yrs .I have a problem of sleeping too much irregular periods ,I get my periods like today then they disappear for four or even five months then I see them .I am also dry when having sex ,mood swings stressed always sadness I like crying a lot .I went to see a doctor and was tested then he said I have hormonal imbalance I was given herbal tablets but nothing has changed am married now its 2yrs and I have no child and no signs of pregnancy and I have never used any family planning pills or whatever please am confused and I need help on this before it worsen
A breakout before or during your period is normal. But acne that won’t clear up can be a symptom of hormone problems. An excess of androgens (“male” hormones that both men and women have) can cause your oil glands to overwork. Androgens also affect the skin cells in and around your hair follicles. Both of those things can clog your pores and cause acne.
First, thank you for all your articles to help us stay informed and more knowledgable when we go see the doctors. I thought you might advise on the chance that my five year old grand-daughter could have a general hormone imbalance even though all her female child bearing hormones have yet to kick in. Last July,bushes broke both her wrist, they were hairline fractures, but she had to wear a removable cast for four weeks. Right after she got her casts off, her hair started falling out in huge patches, and she is almost completely bald now. The dermatologist prescribed two weeks of Predisone that caused her to lose her eyesight. She was taken off the Predisone, but the dosage had to be reduced. I truly believe that her diet, stress level, and fighting parents add to her stress, not to mention her thyroid, I think T4, was low, her magnesium is low, her iodine is low for some reason. The dermatologist and pediatrician basically say she has Alopecia Aeriata and will never grow her hair back. I can’t accept their lack of effort to find the root cause of the problem as the final determination. I realize that you are not a medical healthcare provider, but you have written numerous articles about problems people, mainly women, deal with, so I would like to know what you might suggest some herbal remedies that could possibly bring her body back into balance. I saw the comments about our Energy getting out of sync. Could this possibly be something we should research? Thank you for your suggestions as to which direction we might look into as an alternative, since her doctors have basically dropped the problem.
Beauty products are another source of chemical exposure for many people. There are tens of thousands of chemicals in the personal care products we encounter daily, and most of these chemicals have not been tested for long-term safety. Avoiding these products can make a tremendous difference in achieving hormone balance. Start by making simple switches like homemade deodorant, and homemade lotion and even DIY makeup if you’re feeling adventurous. Check out my full index of natural beauty recipes here.
After removing the bad stuff, you will want to replace it with good stuff. Eat a whole, real, unprocessed, organic, mostly plant-based diet with organic or sustainably raised animal products. When you focus on this type of diet, you minimize intake of xenoestrogens, hormones, and antibiotics. Taking simple steps like choosing organic food and drinking filtered water can hugely impact hormone balance.
Stop me if this sounds familiar: you eat a tasty lunch, get back to the office and by the mid-afternoon, you can barely keep your eyes open? Or maybe it’s the high-carb cereal or oatmeal breakfast you knock back to start your day, only to be struggling to stay sharp by mid-morning? If you notice a significant crash after a high-carb meal, then you likely have poor insulin function (your blood sugar hormone that shuttles the sugars from your breakfast or lunch from your bloodstream into your cells).
A healthy and balanced diet is crucial for hormonal health and overall systemic balance. Make sure to reduce overly processed foods, especially refined sugars. Eating wholesome organic foods with plenty of fruits and vegetables will help your overall health, including the regulation of hormone production. Herbal supplements such as Dong Quai may provide help create a balance within female hormone levels.
Maca– A hormone boosting tuber in the radish family with a long history of use in Peru. Women who use this often see improvements in fertility, reduction in PMS and better skin/hair. It can help men with sperm production, testosterone levels and muscle composition. Maca is a good source of minerals and essential fatty acids, which is one of the ways it supports hormone balance. It is available in powder form (least expensive option) or in capsules. Maca should be discontinued during pregnancy.
“Birth control pills, patches and vaginal rings can help lower testosterone levels and improve excessive hair growth [and] hormonal breakouts,” Lo explains. “Exercise and eating a healthy diet can also help combat insulin resistance associated with PCOS. For women with PCOS who are planning pregnancy, medications such as letrozole or clomiphene citrate may help a woman ovulate.”
Dear Brindia, your gynecologist was wrong; of course it is not too late for you. Also, I want to ban the “J” word – “just” – as in “you’re ‘just’ getting older, or you ‘just’ have to live with feeling crappy.” The suggestions in this article are all excellent, plus bioidentical hormone therapy can be safe and effective in helping you feel better. Don’t give up!
Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that are extremely beneficial for your health and provide building blocks for hormones. These fatty acids help reduce the inflammation within your body that might have occurred due to hormonal imbalance (1). Coconut oil is also great for your overall health as it helps you lose weight by boosting your metabolism and reduces stress and anxiety (2).
Hi Priya, I’m not a doctor or a certified health practitioner, hence cannot provide a personal advice. You really need to see a doctor who knows your medical history and can perform the required tests to give a proper and professional diagnosis and a treatment plan. I apologize I cannot be more helpful but I don’t want to create more damage than good.
Mercury has contaminated a massive portion of the seafood supply, and new warnings have just been administered concerning the dangers of seafood for pregnant women as well as its effects on fetal brain development. Mercury also binds to hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle and ovulation. Believe it or not, this hormone interference damages the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, an aspect that can lead to diabetes. That’s just the hormonal issues. The other issues with mercury, even the mercury contained in vaccines and flu shots, goes far, FAR deeper. Mercury may influence:
Sometimes you have to manage your own health care as the Dr’s are overlooking a lot more than usual. Speaking from experience…..redo your blood work and add in some other blood tests. Be sure that the Dr is testing all thyroid tests not just tsh. There’s also t3, t4, ft3, ft4 and a couple of antibody tests to go along w that. A great site to look at is Hypothyroidmom.com very informative! I realize this posting is old but hopefully it will get to you. Best wishes!
I'm sort of torn by this research because although I grew up in a highly dysfunctional home (parents argued every day, alcoholic mother, verbally/physically abusive father, detached emotionally on both sides, often forced to "watch over my mother" in suicide watch) but I have had mostly overly-attached relationships with toxic men. I've read a lot about the psychological aspect of why I put up with them, but apparently, I had no shortage of oxytocin binding me to every bad choice. As a mother of three, I was very loving and gently-nurturing with each child.
Cells lining the gastrointestinal tract have receptors for both estrogen and progesterone. Levels of these hormones change throughout the course of a woman's monthly menstrual cycle. When they do, they impact the function of the gastrointestinal system. Women often experience abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and nausea before or during their periods. These symptoms can also occur with many other conditions. If a woman experiences them along with mood changes and fatigue before or during her period, it may be more likely that the GI disturbances are occurring due to monthly hormonal fluctuations.