Testing your Female Sex Hormones with Functional Pathology
Hormonal imbalances are usually caused by estrogen dominance, this can be either excess estrogen and normal/low progesterone OR normal estrogen levels and low progesterone.
Adrenal dysfunction is strongly associated with sex hormone and thyroid hormone imbalances. Adrenal problems are caused by stress, this can be emotional stress, physical stress or stress from a poor diet
Estrogen excess symptoms include common symptoms such as weight gain, fluid retention, breast tenderness, mood changes, also less common but more serious conditions like breast and ovarian cancer.
Progesterone deficiency symptoms include many PMS issues like weight gain, low sex drive, mid-cycle spotting, cramping and joint pain, hair and skin issues.
Progesterone is also an important hormone in the production of GABA which is a calming neurotransmitter, so low progesterone can also cause sleep problems, anxiety, depression, memory problems and brain fog.