Many of us are far too familiar with the symptoms of hormone imbalances. Often times, we write it off as something that’s “just a part of life” or tell ourselves there’s nothing to be done because an aunt, mother, grandmother, etc. had the same issues. The hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, lack of libido, and inability to get a good night’s sleep are all things that should not be a part of your daily life.
Your time is far too precious to be spent feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. Besides, when it comes down to it, most hormonal imbalances aren’t written into your DNA. They are usually much more reliant on environmental factors and are much easier to control and manipulate than most women are led to believe.
To understand how to deal with hormone imbalances, it’s important to first understand a little bit about how hormones actually work in your body. Cholesterol is the mother of all hormones. Therefore, if you are on cholesterol lowering drugs, you may have hormone imbalance symptoms such as depression, acne, disrupted sleep cycles, etc.
If you suspect a hormone imbalance, the first step would be to explore different testing options. We have available take home testing kits that would allow you to measure hormone levels throughout a normal day in your life all from home. The test results will be forwarded to your Makers pharmacist and your physician so you will have two people on your team who are on the same page!
If you are currently on hormone replacement therapy medications and are unhappy with your results, now is not the time to give up! There are different types of hormones, including bio-identical hormones which are much more accessible to your body’s natural enzyme pathways than synthetic hormones. In addition, trans-dermal hormone creams are much better at mimicking the body’s physiology and getting the hormone where it is needed in the most efficient way.
On average, it takes 2 years for a woman to re-address a symptom that is not taken care of by a visit to their physician. You don’t need to spend that much time minimizing your symptoms and not living your most comfortable life. No one deserves to be forced to live with symptoms that are the result of a very treatable problem. Start with the basics instead of treating the symptoms and feel healthier!
For questions or comments about this blog, please call 360-757-6677 anytime M-F 9:30-5:30 to let your Makers Pharmacist help you!