Female Hormones

Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that provide instructions for the body to maintain homeostasis. Some of the functions of hormones are to:

  • Manage appetite and metabolism
  • Maintain sleep cycles
  • Sexual function 
  • Menstruation and reproduction
  • Mood
  • Stress
  • Body temperature

Hormones in women are a delicate symphony that can be altered by many factors including:

  • Birth control or Hormone replacement
  • Environmental toxins
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Childbirth and pregnancy 
  • Inflammation
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Body weight
  • Surgical procedures

Symptoms that hormone balance has been disturbed can include:

  • Excessive weight gain
  • Menstrual changes
  • Infertility
  • Altered sex drive
  • Hair loss 
  • Fatigue
  • Acne
  • Weakness or loss of muscle mass
  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness or itching
  • Mood changes
  • Swelling
  • Body aches

Hormonal dysfunction can show up in women as medical conditions such as Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(PCOS), Endometriosis, Dysmenorrhea (painful periods), Amenorrhea (absence of periods), Menorrhagia (heavy periods), Dense/Fibrocystic Breast Tissue, and Uterine Fibroids. 

Here are some links to videos and websites that speak about hormone conditions in women from a functional and conventional perspective:




PCOS: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S002432051930308X?via%3Dihub

PMDD: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9066446/

Most women know when something has changed or when they are not feeling “normal”. If you are looking for a provider that listens to your hormonal concerns and helps you find the root cause please contact us today.