Hormone Deficiency

Hormones play an important role in a woman’s health. Various hormones work together to maintain normal functioning of the body. With age, there is a decrease in the production of female hormones that can negatively impact normal physiology and cause emotional lability in women.

Causes

The common causes of hormone deficiency in women include:

  • Age-related decrease in hormone production seen in most women by their late 30s
  • Complete or partial hysterectomy
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy, and thyroid problems
  • High stress levels
  • Insufficient sleep
  • Unhealthy diet

Symptoms

Common symptoms of hormone deficiency in women include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Mental confusion

Diagnosis

A hormonal deficiency may be inferred based on clinical signs and symptoms. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may order a blood test to measure the exact hormone levels in the blood. Urine and saliva tests may also be used to determine hormone levels.

Treatment

After ruling out any underlying medical condition, hormone deficiency in women can be successfully treated by administration of bioidentical hormones. They are the most effective form of treatment for hormonal deficiency because they are made from natural substances that are biologically identical to human hormones. They can be delivered in individualized doses to meet the unique needs of each woman. Commonly used bio-identical hormones are estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone. Other treatment options include non-biological hormones and synthetic hormones which carry a greater risk of adverse side effects, but may be necessary in some cases.