Causes of hormonal imbalances

What Causes Hormonal Imbalance in Women?

Which Hormone Is Out Of Balance?

There are many different types of hormones in the body, which all have different functions, but they are all influenced by each other. This article is about the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, signs to look for and what causes hormone imbalance in women. When you are addressing the sex hormones you must remember that there are other hormones in your body, and they all influence each other.

You have hormones made by the adrenals that control the stress response, inflammation, blood sugar and blood pressure …. when these hormones are out of balance they can have a negative influence on many other hormones.

You have the thyroid hormones that control your metabolism and influence every aspect of your body from energy production, mood and weight management. There are hormones like insulin, grhelin and leptin that control blood sugar, hunger and metabolism but today we are going to talk about the sex hormones.

Hormone Fluctuations

From puberty to menopause your hormones are constantly fluctuating and this is a part of the natural life cycle, this gets the body ready for ovulation, and possible pregnancy, if this does not occur then the menstrual cycle begins and the process starts over again.

Once a woman gets past 40 years of age hormone levels start to decline, this will eventually lead to menopause at around 50-52 years of age. While hormones are naturally fluctuating, problems start to occur when the fluctuations go out of balance …. this can cause a lot of symptoms in both your body and your mind.

Causes of hormonal imbalance

Causes of hormonal imbalance

The most common imbalance is an excess of estrogen compared to progesterone which is known as estrogen dominance, this can obviously be caused by the body making too much estrogen or you may have normal estrogen but not enough progesterone. This may cause similar symptoms but the treatment to correct the problem will be different

Signs of estrogen and progesterone imbalance

There are many different signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance and it is important to remember that some of these symptoms can be caused by imbalances with other hormones. This is why testing the sex hormones, adrenal hormones and the thyroid hormones is so important, this helps to identify the problem and treat the underlying cause.

Signs and Symptoms Include

  • weight gain
  • fluid retention
  • PMS mood changes like anger, irritable and anxiety which can last from a day or so to two weeks
  • migraines and headaches
  • breast tenderness
  • heavy periods, or very light periods if you have low estrogen/ progesterone
  • breast lumps and cysts
  • infertility
  • cramping pains, back pains

Sometimes women have one or two of these symptoms or you could have them all, and while they are common they are not “normal” and are a sign of imbalance. Some months symptoms are really bad, while other times things are “ok”. Lets look at why your hormones change.

What causes your hormones to go out of balance?

Stress

Stress is one of the biggest causes of hormonal imbalance. Stress can be emotional stress like relationships and work stress, or physical stress like pain, injury or lack of sleep which is a major cause of stress, and finally it can be caused by dietary stress from a processed food diet or eating foods which are causing an inflammatory reaction in your body like gluten.

Stress leads to an increased production of cortisol which will lead to a depletion of progesterone, it can also create an inflammatory response which will block the progesterone receptors, so even if you have enough progesterone the high cortisol will stop it from working. High cortisol will affect the messages coming from your hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain which are the master controllers of the hormones. Stress is the number one thing to address and getting a DUTCH hormone test will help guide the best way to address your stress levels.

Digestion

Digestion function problems like constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and reflux are all signs of inflammation and dysbiosis (imbalance of your good and bad bacteria) in the gut. This inflammation suppresses the hypothalamus and pituitary which tell the body to produce the sex hormones, adrenal hormones and thyroid hormones, this is why poor gut function can have a negative impact on many aspects of your health.

The liver is where estrogen and progesterone get metabolized, if you are having issues with phase one or phase 2 detoxification this can lead to excess estrogen also. Poor liver metabolism of estrogen can also lead to the unhealthy forms of estrogen being produced like 4 and 16 hydroxyestrone which are associated with breast cancer.

The liver has to deal with the increasing xenoestrogens which are in the environment, these are found in food containers, cosmetics, personal care products and even our food due to herbicides and pesticides that are being used.

The best way to test your digestion is with the G.I Map test, find out more here

Thyroid function

Thyroid function can also depress the production of progesterone, so it is really important to assess thyroid function when assessing a sex hormone balance. However when you go to the doctor you will find that they usually only test for TSH which is thyroid stimulating hormone, and this is a very poor test for thyroid function, so many times I see a normal TSH but due to some underlying inflammation or nutrient deficiencies the body is not producing enough of the active T3 hormone, and commonly producing too much reverse T3, which is why an extensive thyroid test is essential.

What about Testosterone

Testosterone is often associated with men but it is very important for women too, in the right amount. Too little can lead to low libido and low energy while too much will deplete progesterone, lead to increased weight, acne or facial hair, this is often associated with Poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This is another reason why testing your hormones is beneficial because it is important to know exactly what is causing the problem before you can effectively start treating.

Testing hormone function

Testing your hormones can be done with a blood test through your GP, but often they are reluctant to do hormone tests and just put hormonal imbalances down to being part of life, or they only do limited tests. I test the sex hormones and adrenal hormones through a new test called the DUTCH hormone test, this is a new test and the most detailed way to test all aspects of the adrenal and sex hormones.

 Find out more about the DUTCH hormone test

Extensive thyroid testing is also available which measures all aspects of thyroid health, including TSH, T3, T4, reverse T3, thyroid antibodies and thyroid receptor antibodies. All tests are available throughout Australia, North America and the U.K/ Europe, email me at michael@planetnaturopath.com to find out more information, all the tests include a consultation to go through the results and work out a treatment plan.

Supplements

If you know you have high estrogen levels the top 3 supplements I recommend to lower estrogen are

DIM Plus

 

 Natures Way Dim Plus to improve estrogen detoxification through the liver

 

Thorne D Glucarate

 

Calcium D Glucarate to improve clearance of estrogen through the bowel

 

Zinc Picolinate

 

Zinc Picolinate to reduce estrogen by decreasing the aromatase enzyme

 

If you know you have low progesterone the top 3 supplements I recommend are

Vitex Fruit

 

Natures Way Vitex Fruit as the vitex helps you to make estrogen

 

Jarrel Adrenal Optimizer

 

Jarrow’s Adrenal optimizer supporting adrenal function is essential when trying to improve progesterone.

 

Magnesium Plus

 

Seeking Health Magnesium Plus contains a highly absorbable form of magnesium and activated B6 to help reduce PMS symptoms and improve progesterone.

 

To reduce high testosterone in PCOS

Licorice

 

Peony and licorice formula is a classic Chinese formula that is very effective for PCOS

 

Berberine

 

Berberine 500mg for insulin resistance associated with PCOS

 

To Increase low testosterone levels

Tribulus

 

Tribulus terrestris is a herbal formula to increase testosterone and improve libido

The Next Step

If you have tried to improve your diet, and have found that supplements / medications are not helping  I would first recommend a DUTCH hormone test to find out exactly what is happening with your hormones. Testing and not guessing helps to give you a specific treatment plan.

If you would like individual help to help optimise your hormones and health you can schedule an appointment on the consultation page

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168 comments
Unknown says November 17, 2015

Does hormonal imbalance affect pregnancy?

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    michael says November 17, 2015

    A hormone imbalance can affect your ability to fall pregnant, once you are pregnant your body naturally goes through a lot of hormone changes.

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      kerry says December 3, 2015

      i suffer from acne for years now to the point I’m now going to the hospital about it and there thinking about putting me on accutatane now thats more just for bad acne as in if its hormonal like i think it is then that would maybe fix my spots while I’m on them but then when i finish them they will just come back ? if its hormonal that is , i was offered even to go on the pill to see but I’m not aloud on this as i have a lot of breast cancer in my family , I’ve also been tested for my thyroids which it came back fine but could i maybe then have psco ? nothing i seem to do is working I’ve had every tablets / creams by the doctors I’m even thinking about they peels for your face and they special sun beds rather than accutane as I’ve read up that it can cause liver problems etc i really don’t know what else to do now this has been going on for 10 years had enough now

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        michael says December 3, 2015

        Hi Kerry

        I would look at hormone testing, especially checking estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and SHBG …. let me know if you need help organizing this. You can email me at michael@planetnaturopath.com.
        I would look into hormones before going down the path of accutane, especially with your history of cancer

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          Alexia says November 17, 2016

          I know these comments are a year old, but I have the same problem with severe acne, irregular periods, and fluctuations in libido. I went through a full course of Accutane when I was 21, my back was the worst part, painful cysts…anyway I came off of the Accutane and enjoyed my new clear, soft skin. But that didn’t last more than 8 months. While my back and chest are still clear it all hit me full force in my face, mostly along my jaw and neck.
          I know I’m probably to late but if another woman reads this and can relate, please get those hormones checked before you go on that pill. I’m still trying to get my doctor to test all of my hormones, not just the standard thyroid test but so far no luck, I’m always told it’s unnecessary. So now I feel awful emotionally and physically and my face is all tore up.

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          Michael says November 17, 2016

          Hello Alexia, thank you for sharing your story. Accutane does address the symptoms but it comes with a lot of potential side effects and does not address the underlying cause of hormonal imbalance.
          That is why I help people do the comprehensive hormone testing for a wide range of hormones, including 5a-DHT which is often high in acne.
          These tests are available world wide through Planet Naturopath

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Ola says November 18, 2015

Can sumone get pregnant even while having hormonal imbalance issues

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    michael says November 19, 2015

    Having hormonal imbalances makes it harder to get pregnant, and if you have a progesterone deficiency there is a greater risk of miscarriage

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suneetha says November 22, 2015

can some one get head- ache, Blood pressure & diabetic for hormonal imbalances

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    michael says November 23, 2015

    Imbalances in estrogen and progesterone can cause headaches, the high blood pressure and diabetes can be caused by cortisol levels being too high

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      Janet says November 26, 2015

      Hormones imbalance can it affects sex?

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        michael says December 1, 2015

        Sure can, both low testosterone or low progesterone will lead to a low libido or also high estrogen levels. Getting a hormone test will help to identify your imbalance

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Joyce says November 27, 2015

Thanks Dr. Michael for your simpler explanation, been having p-cramps and sth happened to me a month ago that I didn’t understand myself. I thought of the hormonal imbalance, but now I get it right.

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Joyce says November 27, 2015

How can i reduce my p-cramps ,am 27 and still cramping?

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    michael says December 1, 2015

    I would get a saliva hormone test or a DUTCH urine test to identify the cause of the hormonal imbalance that is causing your cramps

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genny says December 15, 2015

I was trying to conceive for over 6yrs I ave never get pregnant in my life now am 26yrs I went to the hospital to do hormonal test it came out that I have hormonal imbalance so my doc prescribe dostinex for me but I have taking 2bottles and it stopped but still I never get pregnant so today I press my breast and still having discharge on my breast pls wat else will I use for this to stop?

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    michael says January 7, 2016

    Hi Genny

    Ideally you need to see a doctor trained in Functional Medicine, being told you have a hormonal imbalance could mean many different things. If you email me your results I can have a look at them and we can schedule an appointment to work out a treatment plan for you.

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Mamokala says December 27, 2015

Thanks a million Dr with your advice. I would like you to assist with the hormone test cause I really don’t know which 1 need to be balanced and how?I’m 42 and without menstruation 4 de past 8 months and this has an impact on my weight gain despite that I am gyming regularly.

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    michael says December 29, 2015

    If you email me at michael@planetnaturopath.com we can organize any necessary hormone testing

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esther says January 6, 2016

I have heavy periods have gone to hospitals,doctors tellme to use pills they do regulate the periods but there is no change what should i do?help me pls

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    michael says January 7, 2016

    Hi Esther

    I would get some detailed hormone testing done such as the DUTCH test or saliva hormone testing, if you need help with this let me know. Before treating it is important to know what is happening with your hormones

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Rita says January 7, 2016

Hi good day I haven’t seen my period for the past 6months and I was told my hormones are imbalance. What should be done for them to be balanced for me to get pregnant again because I already have an 18months old son. Thanks

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    michael says January 7, 2016

    Hi Rita I recommend getting a hormone test to find out exactly what is happening with your hormones, this takes the guesswork out of treatment, once you have the results I can make some recommendations.
    I can organize the hormone testing and interpretation for you

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June says January 9, 2016

Hi doc, I am a very worried lady. I had a miscarriage 5 months ago, was in my 8th weak. After that I have been having variable cycles with my periods infact I have not yet seen my December one which was supposedly to be on the 22nd. I experienced a very migraine and at the same time nauseated which prompted me to go and see my doctor. She said I have hormonal imbalance. So how can I go a bout this because I need treatment not just being told it’s hormonal imbalance! !! Thank you.

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    michael says January 11, 2016

    Hi June, before treating a hormone imbalance you need to do a detailed hormone test such as the DUTCH test or a saliva test to find out exactly what is happening with your hormones, this will make a treatment plan more specific for you and take out the guess work of what is out of balance. Email me at michael@planetnaturopath.com if you would like to organize any testing.

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Irma says January 19, 2016

Would hormonal imbalance cause hair thinning in women? I’m experiencing hair thinning and it is freaking me out! Don’t know what to do! Can you shed some light on this problem?

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    michael says January 19, 2016

    Hair thinning can be caused by both adrenal and thyroid hormone problems, getting a detailed test for these hormones is the first step to finding out the best way to treat this condition

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PRATIVA PRADHAN says February 2, 2016

Due to hormonal disbalance – BLOOD SUGAR,BP ,HAIR THINING AND CYST OCCUR

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    michael says February 7, 2016

    Blood sugar and hormonal imbalances can cause high BP, thinning hair and cysts, testing your adrenal and thyroid hormones can help to identify the best way to treat

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Signs That Your Hormones Are Out Of Balance : NeilMD.com says February 3, 2016

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Nancy says February 6, 2016

I’m a regular 28 day cycle girl but something odd happened started from last December till now. My period is 10-11-12 days early. That’s totally not normal right? It happens for a few times now and I just turned 15 few weeks ago.

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    michael says February 7, 2016

    A 28 day cycle is normal, when you are only 15 there can be changes to your hormones that affect your cycle, this can be influenced by diet and lifestyle, or even stress …. I would address these first before doing hormone testing

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      Nancy says February 11, 2016

      Thank you, doc! and is it okay to still continue eating hormonal tablets? I’ve been taking tablets to heal my acne scars, and since then, it effected to my period so then I stopped.

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Asha says February 9, 2016

At the age of 13 years i got my first menses. from the starting the story was same
.that is my periods are for every 3 months,
and some times its for every month………I had consulted many doctors and their have taken many tests like scanning,blood urine test…..at last they say its all due to iron deficiency…….so due to it the hormones are imbalance……..now i am 22 .plz provide me a solution?

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    michael says February 17, 2016

    Hi Asha, I can’t give advice on treatment with limited information, you need to work with a functional medicine practitioner to help your find out the cause of your problem, if you need further help with this you can email me at michael@planetnaturopath.com

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Shiela says February 13, 2016

I am cured now of my hormomal imbalance. But how many weeks does it take for me to get hormonal imbalance again?

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    michael says February 17, 2016

    Hi Sheila, if you have resolved your hormonal imbalances that is great, if you have addressed the underlying cause it should not return.

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Gigee says February 18, 2016

Am experiencing irregular or no period sometimes,thin hair, night sweat,depression,head ache off n on,high BP,also been trying to get pregnant and nothing yet.
What should I do

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    michael says February 22, 2016

    I would get some testing done for sex hormones, adrenal and thyroid function, this information will let you know exactly what is wrong and the best way to treat the hormonal imbalance, it is important to work with an experienced practitioner

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shiru says March 7, 2016

my last period started on 22nd Feb and I have received once more after two weeks.I’ve been trying to conceive but its all in vain.my cycle comes every 26th day.i was told that I have hormonal imbalance.kindly advice me on what to do.thank you.

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    michael says March 17, 2016

    The treatment for hormonal imbalance is very individual and will also depend on the specific lab results you have, I cannot give advice without a full consultation and lab results

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Vivian says March 8, 2016

Can high levels of hormones make one not to get pregnant

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    michael says March 17, 2016

    Hi Vivian, yes high or low levels of hormones can stop you getting pregnant

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ella says March 15, 2016

I had a miscarriage sometime ago ,after d miscarriage I wasn’t measurating for almost 6months….my gynae placed me on clomid d first month after a dose of clomid I started measurating ever since ave been trying to get preg but its not happening what could d PBM be?

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    michael says March 17, 2016

    Hi Ella, you really need to do a full hormone test as a starting point to see what is happening with your hormones, I would also look at MTHFR and methylation

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maureen says March 23, 2016

I do not have problems getting pregnant, but I have hormonal imbalance. Once I used postinor 2, it affected my menstrual cycle and I had discharges on my breast. Pls advice.

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Jane says March 24, 2016

I was told my hormones are not balanced after i told the gp that i been having endless periods which haven’t stopped after i miscaried at 3 months…i was given oralcon with are contracepives to try and level my oestregen abd testestrome…so will like to know how will contraceptives help me with hormonal imbalance and the endless bleeding which is been going on 2 months after the miscariage

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diana says March 28, 2016

Hello doc,i have been having cramps for the past months, which i was not experiencing, in addition there will nausea, loss of appetite,tiredness just like symptoms in pregnancy whiles am not pregnant,could that be homonal imbalance? D

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    Michael says April 25, 2016

    It could be hormonal, adrenal or caused by a infection in your digestive tract. You need to do some testing to find out the cause

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Nisha says April 2, 2016

Hello Doctor,
i m 24 now and my weight is 46kg my height is 5.7′. i m not having good appearance my breast size was too small whether it is because of hormone imbalance ? i know i was under weighted.. i need to know
i) how should i get proper structural body.
ii) what kind of food i need to intake ?
iii) what kind of food i should not take ?
iv) what kind of diet i should follow ?
v) How to gain heathy weight faster ?

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    Michael says April 25, 2016

    You have a lot of questions, it would be best to book a 60 minute consultation so that I can take a full health history and give you a treatment plan

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Tina says April 4, 2016

my left breast brings out fluid when I pressed it, could it be caused by hormonal imbalance or any other thing?

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    Michael says April 25, 2016

    I would do a full hormone test including prolactin and get a physical check up from a doctor

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Eunice Amstrong says April 10, 2016

Hi Dr.am facing a long bleeding now it’s nearly two months.i went to my Dr have hormones test then shows that I have hormone imbalanced . am taking the pills now its two weeks since i started taking the pills but i don’t feel any improvement yet . I still feel back pain.headache.

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    Michael says April 25, 2016

    I can’t give advice with such limited information, I would need to see all of your test results and take a health history, this can be done if you schedule a 60 minute consultation

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anny says April 14, 2016

Hello sir, does 31 days menstrual cycle normal? Or. Is it as a result of hormonal imbalance

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    Michael says April 25, 2016

    28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle, 31 is ok especially if you do not have symptoms of PMS

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Ade says April 16, 2016

Hi,
I missed two pregnancy subsequently and am really confused about this,
My doctor told me it can be hormone imbalance, please I really need your advice

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    Michael says April 25, 2016

    Did you miss a pregnancy meaning you had a miscarriage? This could be progesterone deficiency

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sha says April 21, 2016

What are the causes of high estrogen?Whats the best way to balance your estrogen to progesteron if you have a high in estrogen? thank you!

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ike joy says April 21, 2016

Hi am ike joy am having 2times period every month wat could be d cause

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    Michael says April 25, 2016

    It could be excess estrogen or a lack of progesterone, I would recommend getting a hormone test and adrenal test

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priti says April 23, 2016

Hi i am 26. Due to hormones imbalance muscle wasting can be. My palm muscle is wasting near thumb that is median nerve muscle wasting. Is it possible .

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    Michael says April 25, 2016

    I do not think that this would be caused by an imbalance in the sex hormones, it can be related to many other things

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ess1 says April 28, 2016

my kid 9.5 yrs already having acne problems for 1-1.5 yrs now, she also have bit of hair on arms & back [me, her dad become some what hairy on chest, arms & legs, specially heavier only after mid 20s, before that much less hairs only] she is the only out of both parent side’s tens of cousins & all older uncle aunts to have pre-teen acne situation too. her acne started on fore-head move to upper cheeks but both reduced to near half now after using benza gel products daily after 2 times washing etc, but still got persisting acne though, also lately 1+ months noticing acnes on shoulders & back too. we are very concerned. are these hormonal related e.g., like higher testosterone levels perhaps . what’s 1] the best test to do? 2] best medicines & 3] best foods ? to eradicate or to reduce these issues substantially, thanking ahead of your answers.

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    Michael says May 20, 2016

    Before testing I would try a paleo style diet to see how this affects her acne. Reducing gluten and processed foods can make a big difference

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Juliana says May 5, 2016

Thax 4 this good knowledge you have provided, but, I have lump cystic benign in my right breast and am looking for bby but am not conserve,is this going to affect my fertility

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    Michael says May 20, 2016

    It should not affect fertility but it would be worth investigating your hormone levels and how you are detoxing hormones using the DUTCH test

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Octavia Griffith says May 5, 2016

I’m having my menstrual cycle for 3 months every day can u help me find out what to do about it

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esther says May 6, 2016

Dr. Pls which pill can I take to balance my hormone

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    Michael says May 20, 2016

    I don’t recommend the pill to balance hormones

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Lydia says May 10, 2016

Hi dc, I usually have 28 days regular circle, and its always a heavy flow, but my last period started on 22nd of last month, and with a very light flow which lasted for 2days, and now I am experiencing another light flow on the 7th of this month. I am so worried dc. Could hormonal imbalance be the cause.

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    Michael says May 20, 2016

    Irregular cycles are not unusual and could be caused by stress, if it continues getting your hormones tested would be a good idea

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komzy says May 13, 2016

Hi,i am 27yrs old.2years ago I was told am hormonal imblance and I was placed on bromergon for 6months and it was corrected the breast discharge ceased.now early this year around February I startd having the discharge again and I was told to continue with my medication for one month.now after taking the medication am still feeling pains especially on my left breast.i don’t have problem with getting pregnant but the pains is unbearable,i visited the hospital and was told there’s no lumps it’s just the hormonal inbalance.please what should I do

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    Michael says May 20, 2016

    The medication is probably just addressing the symptoms, you need to address the cause. If you have all your test results you can book a consultation to help you work out the cause and address the problem

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Masepinare leqhaoe says May 13, 2016

I am pleased by all advices I read but I become dizzy if it’s dark and if I am in a too much noisy place I need help

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    Michael says May 20, 2016

    This may not be a hormone imbalance, there are a number of things that can cause this and consultation with a functional medicine practitioner will help

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christy says May 14, 2016

Dr. Plz where are you located for proper consultation?

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    Michael says May 20, 2016

    I am located in Australia but I do Skype consultations to most places in the world

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Lena says May 17, 2016

Hi, I am 25 and been through 4 pregnancies. I used to be regular on my periods, every 28 days.
After having my third baby, my periods became irregular every month. After my fourth baby, who is now 9 months old, my periods are still irregular, although I do have them every month ever since postpartum was over. Now I am 35 days late. I’ve been having headaches and cramps once in a while. I feel like I’m about to start, but it just won’t. My life, I would say is pretty stressful. Four kids and basically raising them on my own… Do you think I should get tested or is there something else I should do?

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    Michael says May 20, 2016

    Hey Lena
    A test such as the DUTCH hormone test will give you an overall picture of your adrenal and sex hormones. Dealing with stress through meditation, diet, improved sleep is also a good idea. Working with a practitioner can help to guide you on the best options for you

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Lena says May 17, 2016

I must also add that although I often feel stressed out, I do have a very happy life…which makes me kind of doubt that it may be stress.

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    Michael says May 20, 2016

    There are many different types of stress other than emotional stress, you may feel happy (which is fantastic) but still stress from lack of sleep, food intolerances, digestion issues, pain or hormonal imbalances

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vuyiswa says May 17, 2016

i think i need help,
can i ask my doctor to do hormone balance test

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    Michael says May 20, 2016

    Yes you can ask your doctor to do hormone tests, these are best done on day 21 of your cycle

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Paula says May 20, 2016

Hi Dr, for the past 5 months I have been experiencing irregular periods from between 21 and 30 days. Now I am 17 days late (on day 42) and have been having breast pain and heavy discharge along with night sweats for last few weeks. All pregnancy urine tests have been negative. I am only 36. Could this be peri menopause?? Or hormonal imbalance? Thank you.

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cheryl says May 23, 2016

My daughter was diagnosed with PMDD, and put on birth control. She is getting married and would eventually like to start a family. She is very frightened to go off her birth control as her symptoms are so severe… cramps, headaches-migraines, terrible mood swings, depression.. What would you suggest?

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    Michael says June 1, 2016

    Hi Cheryl
    There are a number of things including diet, lifestyle and supplements that your daughter can start doing now which will make coming of the pill a lot easier and with minimal symptoms.
    To get a customised plan she will need to make an appointment and we will spend an hour going through everything to get her health back on track

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Dayanand says May 24, 2016

Please suggest a doctor for treatment of harmonal imbalance

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    Michael says June 1, 2016

    Where are you located? Try Primal docs for a functional medicine doctor

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Nita says May 26, 2016

I have had an irregular period for over 20 years. I have put on weight. When I’m hungry it doesn’t take much to fill me up and I’m bloated for a long time. The only time I’m able to lose weight is when I don’t eat. I exercise and still can’t lose weight. Could that be a hormonal imbalance? I’m scheduled to see an endocrinologist next month, should he be able to perform all the tests you mention. Thank you

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    Michael says June 1, 2016

    It could be caused by many things, starting with a full assessment of your thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones would be a good idea … an endocrinologist should perform all these tests but sadly they often only do the basics.
    Other causes could be digestion issues like SIBO or parasite/ bacterial infections

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Gabaresepe mokwadi says May 29, 2016

I have stomach cramps,pains on the side of a fallopian tube.lafter a week i had heavy period and feel like vomiting on the second day.can it be hormonial imbalance?

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    Michael says June 1, 2016

    It could be many things including a hormone imbalance, but if it is a isolated once only event it is probably caused by some type of stress

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Rachel Mutoka says June 2, 2016

I went for tests on hormonal imbalance and found out that I have high progesterone, low estrogen and moderate leutinising hormones.After going through your article am now stressed because am scared of cancer.I have been having freguent headache,back pains and weight loss currently am under weight.What can I do to balance my hormones?

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    Michael says June 3, 2016

    Hi Rachel, depending on what time of the month you had your hormones tested that result could be normal, I would consult with a functional medicine practitioner, if you need further help you can contact me

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Debbie says June 4, 2016

Hi,

I have had a bit of a horrible time lately with a reoccurrence of depression and anxiety however I know that this was triggered in the run up to my period. There was stress in my life so I can understand how I became overwhelmed but I am convinced my hormones are playing a part. After increasing my antidepressants I feel better mentally but I still feel very emotional. My GP says this is normal and my antidepressant would treat any depression associated with my mental cycle. However she isn’t really understanding that I think my hormones are imbalanced which is causing the tears. I have always had problems with my hormones from a teenager and was put on the pill to even them out but I haven’t been on it for 5 years. From reading your article above I have had stress at work, uni and starting a business. I just found out I have a gluten intolerance, I am having insomnia and restlessness before bed, I’ve started to get spots and the occasional sweats. I’m 35 so I understand my body can change but I just don’t understand how my GP can’t see this connection. How would you define between the depression and hormonal imbalance?

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    Michael says June 8, 2016

    I sent you an email Debbie, it really sounds like the hormones are causing the depression and the medication is just addressing the symptoms

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Heather says July 19, 2016

i would like to get a hormone balance test. What is the best way to go about this? I like in UK.

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    Michael says July 25, 2016

    The DUTCH hormone test is available in the U.K , contact tests@planetnaturopath.com to organise a test kit

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nonnie says July 21, 2016

I have heavy periods have gone to hospitals,doctors tellme to use pills they do regulate the periods but there is no change what should i do?help me pls

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    Michael says July 25, 2016

    Hi Nonnie, I would get your adrenal and sex hormones assessed to try and identify the cause, you can also implement some of the tips in the article

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mercy says July 29, 2016

Great

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melisa says July 30, 2016

Hie doc,I’m a girl aged 18.l started mensurating when l was 13 but since November 2015 l started having irregular periods which occur after every 3 months instead of occurring each month so l just want to ask what could be the cause of that and the possible solution.

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    Michael says August 2, 2016

    There could be a number of different causes like PCOS, low hormones, diet and stress related, over exercise … there are many different causes so the best way is to get some testing done and schedule an appointment to help you work out exactly what is happening for you

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Star says August 28, 2016

Thanks Dr. for your precise and helpful answers. I am 34 and have been having Vaginal itching and irritability/discomfort for over one year. I have noticed that it stops whenever I am Ovulating or when I am pregnant, but resumes afterwards. Could this be due to hormonal imbalance?

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    Michael says September 8, 2016

    It could be hormone imbalance or it maybe a yeast or bacterial infection, you should get tested to know what is the cause

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Linda says September 7, 2016

Please help! My daughter is literally at the end of her rope. She has heart palpitations 24/7. Can’t sleep, has no energy, and is suffering from acute anxiety and depression. Western docs don’t want to trust her hormones for an imbalance and say her anxiety is causing her symptoms. I am so scared for her. She spent 3 hours crying today and is barely coping. Her symptoms came on suddenly in march. She is 31, and has ovarian cysts. I don’t know how to help her. She sees a naturopath tomorrow and an endocrinologist in a couple of weeks. My mother was diagnosed with estrogen dominance as well. What should we be asking them to do? She needs relief!

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    Michael says September 8, 2016

    Hi Linda

    I would get a comprehensive adrenal and sex hormone test like the DUTCH test, this could be related to the adrenal hormones or the sex hormones. The naturopath will also be able to help assess gut function which can cause anxiety symptoms

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      Linda says September 8, 2016

      Thank you. We will pursue this!

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Amy says September 14, 2016

Hello. I have a question. I am having extreme fatigue and daily headaches. I sleep about three hours a night. Is there any natural supplements to help?

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    Michael says September 29, 2016

    Hi Amy
    I find there are always natural solutions which can involve diet, lifestyle and supplements. The first step is to work out the cause of why it is happening as this takes the guesswork out of treatment, I recommend getting your hormones tested with the DUTCH test https://www.planetnaturopath.com/dutch-hormone-testing/

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Sparkle says September 29, 2016

Hello, great article! Could you tell me if you think the below symptoms sound like hormonal imbalance & if so, which one could it be in particular?

Sometimes i get a phase of problems a week or more before menstruation, including:
-exhaustion & tiredness for no reason
-fragile elastic muscles (very prone to injury)
-clicky bones
-nervy/buzzing in the soles of my feet and around calfs
-calfs/quads feel agitated & ‘itchy’ inside & painful enough to keep me awake
-nerve discomfort in lower back, glutes, quads, calfs, feet
-temporary light-headedness & blindness upon standing
-pulsing sensation throughout body with heart beat
-palpitations
-increased & constant appetite
-inability to focus
Other times i get lower back pain the first few days of menstruation, worse when laying on my back.

…i’m 32, always had acne, although much better now. Otherwise i’m slim, active & keen on running/gym but symptoms mean i have to stop & it disrupts my training. Are these symptoms enough to warrant seeing a doctor? They have given me blood tests before, but they were fine & it makes me feel like i’m wasting their time so i feel very discouraged about seeing them again. Help much appreciated!

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    Michael says October 2, 2016

    Many of these symptoms sound like they are related to your hormones, especially if they are only occurring around your menstrual cycle. Most doctors do not test to a deep enough level to get a true understanding of what is happening, which is why I use the the DUTCH hormone test https://www.planetnaturopath.com/dutch-hormone-testing/
    This test also measures adrenal function which maybe a cause of many of these symptoms, you need to contact a functional medicine doctor and not a conventional doctor to do this type of testing. This can also be organized through Planet Naturopath

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emily says October 5, 2016

just wondering what I can take for low cortisol symptoms. I have an implanon in my arm which increases progesterone. but I have only been experiencing symptoms of low cortisol for the last 6 months. and its been in my arm for 10 months. I get unpredictable dizziness, headaches (sometimes), nausea, jitters, and panicking, but due to the dizziness/unsteadiness and nausea…

is Thorne Research, Relora Plus, the best medication if I have progesterone constantly releasing from the implanon (daily)? I have also been recommended caltrate D for low calcium levels.

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    Michael says October 18, 2016

    Hi Emily

    Have you had your cortisol levels tested at 4 intervals throughout the day to see if this is the cause of your problems? The symptoms you describe could relate to other causes, or even high cortisol.

    Caltrate contains calcium carbonate which is a poorly absorbed form of calcium, I would recommend something like this http://au.iherb.com/now-foods-calcium-citrate-caps-240-vcaps/479?rcode=mkw930

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Michelle Allen says October 13, 2016

I had full hysterectomy 9years ago..I was on hrt for 7years never helped at all.im 51 now and still suffer very bad with feeling like my body is very hot..I can stand in garden when cold and it doesnt cool me down..bad night sweats with terrible moods
Swings..very heavy eyes and crying.

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    Michael says October 18, 2016

    Hello Michelle

    There are natural options to treat hot flushes and mood problems, this can involve supplements but also diet and lifestyle changes will help

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susan collymore says October 14, 2016

its a very good lesson for person who have these symptoms will be about to help educate them, keep up the good works, i was looking to help women who have these short comings, and also beneficial for me too. thanks keep up the good works. much love

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Eliakira Kisetu says October 15, 2016

My sister has hormonal imbalance and since 2014 of her marriage she has no child. She is in Tanzania but myself I’m in the Netherlands

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    Michael says November 6, 2016

    I cannot organise hormone testing in Africa but maybe a local doctor can help her

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umeh evelyn says October 17, 2016

can hormonal imbalance make u not get pregnant?

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    Michael says October 18, 2016

    Yes a hormonal imbalance will make it difficult to get pregnant

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    Michael says November 6, 2016

    yes it can cause infertility

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Cassie says October 27, 2016

hi was wondering if someone could help…. i have had a really loght period for 5 1/2 days now its sooo light that i only notice it when i put a finger up in there and its gooey aswell and feels quite hot in there too…. i change my pad everyday, my period fills maybe under a half of it each day and the color is bright red…. i did have sex sep17th but a week later had a full 5 days of heavy bleeding which was normal for me. but this month my period is very strange to me being so light and sometimes its runny then very gooey…. i have been really stressed out the past few weeks, that stressed that i snap at my partner or anyone around me… my breast were quite tender before i started my period and now they are normal. im bloated still and have a pain in my lower back on the left uts mild but constant. is this hormone balance or something else? please help

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    Michael says November 6, 2016

    Hello this can be a hormone imbalance, the best way to test is with the DUTCH hormone test https://www.planetnaturopath.com/dutch-hormone-testing/
    Stress can also cause this, as high stress can lead to a progesterone deficiency

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Hormotayour says November 8, 2016

Good day Dr. i am 28yrs old, my menses has nt been regular since i was 15yrs of age till date. In some years it can come 3 or 2 time in a year even now that am married. I consult a doctor after series of test, he recommend metformine and later clomid for me and i used them all but the answer remain d same and am nt conceive & am looking for baby now. Any month dat i see my menstruation my husband and i do have form (sex)continuously but no results. Please sir, what can we do ? My name is Hormotayour

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    Michael says November 14, 2016

    It sounds like you have poly cystic ovarian syndrome, do you have a local herbalist that you can visit

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Goodness says December 8, 2016

Hello Dr pls I have been having this dance,irregular period,hot flashes I don’t know what to do..is it imbalance hormonal?

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joelmary says December 9, 2016

Doc, please I am man of 34 years, I don’t always have libido, sometimes my dick gets down before ejaculation and can only go once for a whole night. please advise me.

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    Michael says January 9, 2017

    I would do some testing to find out the underlying cause, this should not be happening at 34 years of age. I would look at hormones, inflammation markers and cardiovascular markers

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Jane says December 17, 2016

Pls, doc I had one miscarriage February. And my cycle is 26 days but i,my having discharge, and cannot get pregnant since then

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    Michael says January 9, 2017

    You need to see a functional medicine practitioner to do some hormone testing to identify the cause

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Kimberley says December 18, 2016

My hormones have been out of balance for years, I have Nausea and dizziness round my period as well as every different kind of migraine due to my periods when I right it in my journal. For years now, when I go to the Drs they just say take propranolol for migrain! Feel lyk they not listening to me n never get tested for anything and they just think I suffer with anxiety which is round my period everything bout 2weeks before my period or a week and a half please need some advice.

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    Michael says January 9, 2017

    Hello Kimberley I would try a functional medicine practitioner, that way you can get some detailed testing done to find out the underlying cause to your health problems, and a treatment plan to start feeling better

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comfort says December 25, 2016

I use a family planning method that is depo provera and had spoting, I got pregnant , after delivery I menstrate twice in a month. is it hormonal inbance, please can u help me out. thank you.

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    Michael says January 9, 2017

    The medication depo provera can cause these symptoms

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L.B. says December 28, 2016

Hi,
I’m not exactly sure if I have hormonal imbalance, but I have been dealing with similiar signs and symptoms. I have a lot of acne mostly on my forhead but a little bit on the rest of my face as well and my skin creates a lot of oil. I’ve tried many skincare products but nothing seems to work. Discolouration on the skin is also another problem. My periods are also very irregular and mostly heavy. I’m also experiencing some headaches, and weakness. Another huge concern I have for myself is hair loss. I’ve noticed that in the past two months I’ve been losing a lot of hair.

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    Michael says January 9, 2017

    This could be caused by either the sex hormones, or an imbalance in adrenal or thyroid hormones and I would recommend getting these tested. Gut function is also important for skin health and I would investigate if there is any problems with digestion.

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Margaret Rollinson says January 4, 2017

Hi there….I have had chronic muscle tension for 4 years now,sore shoulders,stiff neck & muscle fatigue.I am constantly having bloods checked,I have been diagnosed with severe anemia & a under active thyroid.I have been jotting dwn my pain levels on a graph where the progesterone etc is on….it seems to be that after my menstrual cycle I have 8pain-free days…no hard painkillers required,then the pain starts….with a vengeance….I asked for a hormone test to be done,they hadn’t done it ever….I got this done last Thursday,doc rang me that evening,I’m to see her this Friday….I have been suffering this for 4years and my family aswell…..

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    Michael says January 9, 2017

    Thank you for your comment Margaret, with hormones fluctuating throughout the month it maybe a good idea to do the DUTCH cycle mapping test to check for the changes in hormones throughout the month, this involves doing a hormone test every few days

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Amara says January 31, 2017

Hi Doc! I have a swollen on my neck. I was told to see my doctor for thyroid hormone test which l did and it resulted Hypothyroidism. And am lactaing. I have been taking levothyroxine and Bromocriptin since then. please advice me on what next to to do.

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    Michael says February 5, 2017

    Hello Amara

    There are a lot of natural options for Hahimoto’s which you can do in conjunction with your medication, I would schedule an appointment with a functional medicine practitioner to help guide you through the process. Everyone is different and it is impossible to give specific information without knowing a lot more detail and reviewing the lab results

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jhie says February 5, 2017

My wife has an irregular menstration the longest period was 3 months without itit and too much acne. We tried diff product and got it by derma but it doesnt work. She always have a headaches and back painpain. Can you pls help me what tp do about it cause i didnt want the way it lost her self confidence .

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    Michael says February 17, 2017

    This sounds like it maybe Poly cystic ovarian syndrome, I would get help from a doctor/ naturopath experienced in natural treatments

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Anu says February 7, 2017

Is diane35 safe to use?? I have pcos. And it causes swelling of whole body

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    Michael says February 17, 2017

    If you are getting these side effects I would look at other options

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vicky says February 28, 2017

How can one handle the case of fluid coming out of the breast

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    Michael says March 9, 2017

    A visit to your doctor to do some testing to help identify the cause would be the best start. Treatment would depend on the cause of the discharge

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Gloria says March 8, 2017

I had a blood test and was told im going through menapulse im impatient very tired emotional cramps in my legs on waking sex drive on an off want to fight some times in pain around lower left side an upper right side under rib been 3 months ive gone back to gym im eating mostly healthy trying to drink 2 litres water stopped smoking has started for 3 months after 9 months of quitting but my hormones got me back to nicotine to calm me now 3 weeks after quitting im back to being irriatible tired blotted an feeling crazy can any body do this dutch test ive look at estrogen patches as my blood showed i had no estrogen but they say the patches are not healthy can u direct me please !! Thanks gkoria

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    Michael says March 9, 2017

    Gloria the best option is to schedule a consultation as everybody is different, during the consultation we will be able to go into detail about your situation and make specific recommendations, schedule an appointment here https://planetnaturopath.acuityscheduling.com/

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Ava Mihalik says April 21, 2017

You are such a sweetie and I am very glad I found this site.You are very generous to share this information, with us.I know you must have many clients.Could I please ask your opinion? I am a 49 year old female, no-smoker, no-drinker, no-celiac, low to mod. bloodpressure, no-diabetic.Four years ago I woke up one morning and BAM I was sick, could’nt swallow, acid reflux, bloated, pain stomach, constipated, hard to breath , distention, throwing up everything. After 3 years and about 40 diffrent Doctors The Mayo clinic diagnoised me with Idiopathic Gastroparesis and Hyoshimotos Thyrioditis, althought my thyroid was not hugely off but as we know it all plays apart.At leaset I am not being told its all in my head anymore 50 lbs later and head pills.I am working really hard at supplementing, diet, stress,and get my throid meds correct.I am going to see a Bioidentical hormone expert, I know my progesteron is low.Had cortisl,sibo,autonomia , hplori, feeod tests done, now I am on every supplment you can imagine, A-Z and hcl all the acids alphlipoic ,l-argine w-l-citrullene ect. probiotices well you see.I still can’t move my stomach or at least the pyloric is not opening for about 7 hours, liquid or soilds.I am job less, afraid for my life, I have not really been able to even leave the house from pain.Long story boring for yo.Please I know there is a saying THE PERFECT STORM and I think that is what happened, to me there was alot of stress at the time( 44 years hormone old) and all the other sudries.My vagus nerve is working, so they say, then what know? Hoping my BIHT WILL WORK.This is an 80 % women disease.It should’nt be this hard, to figure out how to fix.No one has help me AT ALL.I know you have to do it yourself, but any insite from you would be so hummbly acepeted.You have such a nice aurea about you.Your Friend in Florida , Ava

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    Michael says May 1, 2017

    Thank you for your comment Ava

    It sounds like you have a lot going on, and starting to make some progress. I can’t give any specific health advice without a full consultation and reviewing all of your results, but I always believe there is a solution, in particular to cases like this that start suddenly

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Nosi says June 20, 2017

Ouch! I am scared really cause I have hormone imbalance.

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VINCENT MATAKALA says June 29, 2017

what is hormone imbalance

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Silvia says July 9, 2017

I was on Birth Control for 8 months and i had horrible side effects. I’m 28 years old. i stopped taking the Birth Control because i had horrible anxiety, depression, foggy brain, headaches, poor concentration, blurry vision and other aches and pains. i stopped the birth control a month ago and i have been feeling better but i still have anxiety and i also have been having really oily skin I’ve never had acne before and I’m staring to break out. my question is, after stopping the birth control do you think i am going through a hormonal imbalance? and how long will it take to balance out. i feel anxious and tired all the time. also i have lower back pain, is that normal?

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    Michael says July 9, 2017

    Hello Silvia

    Birth control can cause these symptoms in many women, once you stop the OCP it can take a few months for your hormones to come back into balance. If after 2-3 months you are not seeing improvement I would look at doing a hormone test like https://www.planetnaturopath.com/dutch-test/

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Pavithra says December 10, 2017

Does hormonal imbalance & menstrual imbalance affect pregnancy ??

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    Michael says December 10, 2017

    Hormone and menstrual cycle imbalance can make it difficult (but not impossible) to fall pregnant. Once you are pregnant your body’s natural hormones should increase but if you are having issues with miscarriage then this needs to be addressed before you are pregnant.

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maria says January 15, 2018

please tell me how much a dutch test is i need help with my hormones

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    Michael says January 17, 2018

    The price will depend on what country you live in, this page will give you all the details about the DUTCH test including prices https://www.planetnaturopath.com/dutch-test/

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palesa says March 14, 2018

i have problem with menstruation and i went to clinic they told me that i have imbalance homornal what should i do or take to balance my homornal

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    Michael says March 26, 2018

    The treatment will depend on what hormones are out of balance, we have many different hormones from sex hormones to thyroid and adrenal, plus hormones that control appetite. If you would like specific advice you are best to schedule a consultation and send all your hormone results

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Kalene Gray says May 8, 2018

Hi I have been trying to get pregnant for over 3 years I’ve had a ovarian cyst and my period is always very heavy dark and painful to a point of being debilitating at times the times I got pregnant ended in miscarriage before the first trimester and I’m now 25 what do u think I should do I also found I am getting a lot of bacteria infections and around the middle of my cycle with pain at different times also acne along jaw and forehead and facial hair increased u also have sickle cell trait Im confused as to what I should do please advise

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    Michael says May 8, 2018

    A good place to start would be to do some hormone testing, ideally the DUTCH hormone test as it gives a lot of information about the sex hormones and why they are out of balance. Consulting with a functional medicine practitioner would also be a good idea as they will help to identify the underlying cause of what is happening, while a conventional doctor will often recommend medications or IVF.

    You can schedule a consultation with Planet Naturopath and we do video consultations worldwide https://www.planetnaturopath.com/consulting-us/

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