As a woman, you are likely aware of some physical and emotional challenges many women face during the various reproductive phases of their lives, starting with puberty at the beginning of fertility and ending with menopause, which marks the end of childbearing years. Hormones are responsible for many of these functions in our bodies, as well as many of the symptoms that we may feel and experience. However, few people deeply understand what hormones are, how they work, or why hormone balance is important for health and optimal wellness. At Pearl Women’s Center, specialists in hormone replacement therapy can help Portland, Oregon, patients make sense of this information and choose a balanced hormonal plan.
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Hormones are chemicals produced by glands, such as the ovary or the thyroid. Once they are released into the bloodstream, they have far-reaching effects on other parts of the body. Hormones have many functions, including regulating metabolism, fertility, fluid balance, mood, and blood sugar regulation, to name just a few. Hormonal balance is essential for optimal functioning.
Just as puberty brings many challenges to the teenager, so does the changing hormone environment of a woman in her 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. Many of the symptoms that women experience are related to an underlying hormonal imbalance. These symptoms include moodiness, depression, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, fatigue, night sweats, hot flashes, acne, belly fat, low libido, menstrual changes, dry skin, nail changes, memory loss, foggy thinking, feeling cold … the list goes on. However, all too often, these concerns are either dismissed or treated with a medication aimed at alleviating a specific symptom.
At Pearl Women’s Center, we believe that testing hormone levels is an essential step during the evaluation process. By identifying and treating an underlying hormone imbalance at our Portland, Oregon, office, we can individualize your treatment and provide you with several options, eliminating many unwanted symptoms, as well as providing additional health benefits and improving your quality of life.