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Hormones are the chemical messengers in the body that travel the bloodstream to the organs and tissues. They slowly work and affect many of the body’s processes over time. Endocrine glands make hormones. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance differ in men and women but have similar solutions.

Both men and women produce hormones in the same areas with one exception, the sexual organs. Additional male hormones are produced in the testes while women’s are produced in the ovaries.

An imbalance of hormones is experienced at different times during life. As the body changes from childhood to adulthood, puberty is experienced by both male and females. Women will then again experience a change later in life after their childbearing years have been passed and men will experience a change as they enter midlife. Hormonal imbalance is defined as chemical messengers which regulate our body’s systems and that are no longer functioning properly. This dysfunction can be an overproduction or an underproduction of specific hormones.

Symptoms of Insufficient Estrogen and Progesterone:

Aches and pains
Mental fogginess
Dry hair and skin
Heart palpitations
Hot flashes
Short term memory
Night sweats
Bone Loss
Sleep disorders
Vaginal dryness

Symptoms of Androgen Deficiency DHEA/Testosterone:

Blunted motivation
Body aches
Decreased mental clarity and function
Decreased libido, sexual receptivity and pleasure
Decrease in muscle mass  and stamina
Diminished sense of psychological well‐being
Depressed mood
Increased risk cardio vascular disease
Increased risk of arthritis
Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
Thinning of the skin
Vaginal dryness
Short‐term memory loss
Disturbed sleep
Hot flashes

Symptoms of Androgen Excess (DHEA and Testosterone Excess):
Disturbed sleep
High levels of triglycerides
Increased risk of breast cancer
Increased risk of heart disease
Increased risk of metabolic syndrome
Increased abdominal fat
Increase in facial and body hair
Irritable mood
Loss of scalp hair
Increased risk of polycystic ovarian syndrome
Ovarian cyst

What to do if you suspect you have an hormonal imbalance?

If you suspect that you have an hormonal imbalance the first step should be saliva testing to see what your hormone levels are and if they are out of balance. Depending on the results of the testing you may want to try some Natural Hormone Therapy (which may include natural progesterone, DHEA or adrenal support).

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