Hormone Problems

Dedicated Women's Health Specialists -  - OB-GYN

Dedicated Women's Health Specialists

OB-GYN located in Puyallup, WA

There is no question that hormone balance is vital to health and well-being in women. Unfortunately, there is so much confusion and misinformation about hormones in our society today making it difficult for women to navigate through this maze. At Dedicated women’s Health Specialists, we are committed to serving our patients by making an accurate assessment of the problem followed by formulating an effective treatment plan.

Hormone Problems Q & A

What is a Hormone?

Hormones are “signaling” molecules that are used to communicate between organs for physiological regulation and certain behavioral activities.  Major sources of hormone include ovary, adrenal gland, thyroid, and pituitary gland.  

What Kinds of Problems Can Hormone Imbalance Cause?

  • PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) - This can lead to irregular periods, absence of periods, and infertility.  It results from lack of estrogen dominance in the ovary leading to lack of ovulation.    
  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome) - Women can experience a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms before menstrual period begins every month.
  • Sexual dysfunction- decreased sex drive or libido and orgasmic dysfunction.
  • Menopausal syndrome- hot flushes, vaginal dryness, painful sex, minor emotional symptoms.
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Skin changes
  • Altered mental function

Do I Need Hormone Levels Checked?  

There are definite situations when certain hormone tests are necessary and valuable.  However, contrary to popular belief, it is unnecessary to order every available hormone test in the laboratory.  We need to be very cognizant of the following facts.  There is a wide range of normal for most hormones and many hormone levels fluctuate significantly throughout the day.  In addition, hormone levels may not correlate with actual biological activity.  So more is not always better when it comes to hormone testing.  

What About Menopause?

All women go through the change of life.  Although it is a natural process, it isn’t always gentle or kind.  Today, women can expect to live one third of their lives beyond menopause!  This is the reason why it is so important to optimize this transition. We pay special attention to breast disease, osteoporosis prevention, hot flushes, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, sexual health as well as memory and emotional/psychological issues, heart disease prevention, immunization, and many other problems facing today’s mature women.  Aging is inevitable but not associated disabilities.  For more information about menopause and hormone therapy, click here.

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