The word hormone comes from the Greek word Hormaein - meaning to excite. Hormones are potent chemicals produced by endocrine glands that secrete hormones into your bloodstream. The hormones serve as messengers from your brain, telling your internal organs how to function.
Sex hormone imbalances can occur at puberty, after childbirth, in midlife, after tubal ligation or hysterectomy, while taking birth control pills or counterfeit female hormones, such as Premarin and Provera.
The female hormonal balance between the estrogen hormones and progesterone is essential for women to obtain and maintain health and wellness. The three human estrogens require the balance of progesterone to prevent the hyper effects of estrogen which can lead to a host of health problems. Good health occurs when the hormones in the body are produced in adequate amounts and are in proper balance. Think of this as hormonal harmony.
The estrogen hormones and progesterone decline as a woman ages to around 35. But progesterone declines much more rapidly than the estrogen hormones.
We listen to your unique description of symptoms and then prescribe the appropriate natural hormones to achieve hormonal balance to resolve your symptoms. Natural hormones are derived from plants and then molecularly changed to be authentic, biologically identical hormone molecules that your body used to produce before menopause, or which is currently producing but in less than adequate amounts to provide hormonal balance.
Although progesterone and estrogen are the two dominant hormones that women produce, it is important to remember that women also produce small doses of testosterone. For women, the production of testosterone peaks at ovulation to stimulate a woman's desire for sexual relations.
Testosterone has the following effects on the body:
Men's testicles produce both sperm and testosterone, the male hormone. The presence of this hormone creates the physical, emotional, and male mindset that dramatically differentiates men from women. Review the following list of effects that the hormone testosterone has in men.
By the time a man is 40 years old, his testosterone level will be approximately ½ what it was when it peaked in his twenties. By the time a man is 50 years old, it will be 1/3 of its peak; at 60 it will ¼ or less of its peak level.
The signs and symptoms of low testosterone are as follows:
There is a natural decline in testicular function with age which is associated with a concomitant decline in testosterone. This is common in males but is not healthy.
The decline in testosterone and other hormones is the prelude to the degenerative diseases which afflict men as they age, such as heart disease, arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, and cancer. While these diseases may occur in younger individuals, their incidental to age and the associated decline in hormones. Counterfeit testosterone has also been linked to severe liver disorders including liver cancer.