Causes of Hormone Imbalance. Hormonal balance is vital to a healthy, cancer-free mind and body, but can be disrupted in many ways. Hormone fluctuations occur naturally, such as in puberty, menopause and perimenopause. Hormone imbalance may also be caused by toxins or an unbalanced lifestyle.
What's Normal and What's Not
Hormones play a role in essentially every process in our body. For optimal health, proper hormone balance is crucial. When your hormones are in balance, you feel good, look good, and have abundant sustainable energy. When your hormones are out of balance, you may experience a wide range of symptoms that can affect mood and energy, and may also lead to more serious conditions like the development of uterine fibroid tumors, fibrocystic breasts, hormone positive cancers, thyroid dysfunction or Type II diabetes.
The Sex Hormones
Hormones naturally fluctuate throughout a person's lifecycle, starting with puberty. After puberty, women experience menstruation and pre-menopause, followed by menopause. Men will, in later years, experience andropause: a less commonly known phenomena in which men around age 35, like women, experience a slow and steady decrease in their dominant sex hormones (testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone).
When hormones are in balance, these transitions happen relatively smoothly. If hormones are out of balance, however, these transitions can be quite uncomfortable, and may even lead to more serious hormonal-related health problems. The severity of symptoms related to hormonal imbalance may increase with age, but it is not aging itself that is responsible for declining health. Instead, we must address the root cause of the symptoms: hormone imbalance. When hormones sway too far one direction or the other, accelerated aging and disease may occur.
Women and men have a combination of these hormones with women having more estrogen and progesterone and men having more testosterone. The right balance of each hormone is needed to regulate certain sexual and reproductive functions and prevent related health issues.
Estrogen - In women, this hormone is responsible for the development and function of breasts, edemetrium (inner layer of uterus), and the menstrual cycle. In men, estrogen levels help developing sperm and a healthy libido. As a normal part of the aging process, estrogen levels decrease in women with the onset of menopause. But the symptoms of lowering estrogen may be offset by adding natural estrogen sources, such as bioidential creams, as explained below.
Progesterone - The main function of progesterone is to prepare the uterus for a fertilized egg by thickening the lining of the uterus each month. According to many health professionals low progesterone (in ratio to estrogen) can contribute to1:
- abnormal uterine bleeding
- irregular/missed periods
- spotting/abdominal pain during pregnancy
- frequent miscarriages
Additionally, low progesterone levels can cause estrogen to increase, which may also lead to low libido, weight gain, and even gallbladder issues.
Testosterone - Responsible for development and function of men's reproductive organs, muscle and bone mass, and body hair. In women, testosterone contributes to bone and muscle strength, energy and wellness feelings, and libido2