Hormonal Imbalance Treatment in Lake Zurich, IL
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Many women may feel unhealthy, complain of chronic tiredness and weakness that may be related to hormonal imbalance. The most common condition is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) that affects about 6% of women. This is an ovarian condition that causes lack of ovulation, irregular menstrual periods, infertility; excessive hair growth in certain areas of the body (e.g. face) and is frequently associated with glucose intolerance that is also called insulin insensitivity; this can frequently lead to development of type 2 diabetes mellitus, obesity and many health problems related to this (e.g high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke).
There is another danger of suffering from PCOS and is related to anovulation. In a normal menstrual cycle, the ovary recruits an egg encased in a bubble of fluid called ovarian follicle. It is lined with “helping” cells producing many hormones, mainly for our purposes, estrogen. That important hormone in the reproductive process. Estrogen makes the cervical mucus permeable to sperm around the time of ovulation. Estrogen facilitates the development of the lining of the uterine cavity which is called “endometrium”. That membrane is essential in the process of embryo implantation. After ovulation, the ruptured ovarian follicle reorganizes itself to form a hormonal gland now producing progesterone in addition to estrogen. This gland is called “corpus luteum”. Progesterone is the hormone responsible for “opening the gate” for the embryo to implant. If implantation is successful, early placental tissue produces a new hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin, detection of its presence in blood or urine constitutes the pregnancy test). The hCG continues to stimulate corpus luteum and hormonal production is sustained until the placental is fully developed (c.a. 10 weeks of pregnancy). If there is no implantation, no hCG then corpus luteum shrinks, hormonal production dives down and the endometrium can no longer function and it sloughs off causing menstrual bleeding. That monthly “recycling” of the endometrium is essential to maintain uterine health. Without ovulation there is no progesterone and the endometrium is exposed to estrogen only (“unopposed exposure”) which may result in development of uterine cancer (endometrial carcinoma).
There are several treatment options of PCOS and anovulation depending on the patient’s wishes and goals. If the woman desires to conceive, ovulation may be induced by fertility medications. If her desire is not to conceive, birth-control pills or insertion of IUD saturated with progesterone. Finally, a bioidentical progesterone can be given for 10-12 days each cycle for regulation.
Thyroid problems are common in women and comprise of thyroid insufficient hormonal production (hypothyroidism) or overproduction (hyperthyroidism). Hypothyroidism is more common and may cause several symptoms: tiredness, excessive sleepiness, dry skin, slow heart rate, loss of scalp hair. Hyperthyroidism causes opposite symptoms: fast heartbeat, shaking, sweatiness, bulging eyes. Both conditions are relatively easy to diagnose and treat.
Meticulous hormonal assessment can be conducted and the results and treatment option can be discussed in detail with the physician. Your doctor will encourage questions and all will be fully addressed to your understanding and satisfaction.
Premenopausal and menopausal HORMONAL IMBALANCE is described under the topic of “Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy”.