Center for True Harmony Wellness & Medicine
OB-GYNs & Naturopathic Gynecology located in Mesa, AZ
Your body needs a precise amount of each hormone to stay in balance and support your health. Poor diet, chronic stress, illness, and being overweight can easily disrupt this delicate balance. Dr. Christine Brass-Jones and her associates at the Center for True Harmony Wellness & Medicine specialize in holistic hormone management, using conventional and natural treatments to restore the optimal balance of hormones. If you struggle with fatigue, moodiness, or irregular menstrual periods, call their office in Mesa, Arizona, or book an appointment online to get on the road to hormone wellness.
Hormones Q & A
What common hormone issues affect women?
Women face hormone issues at every stage of their lives. In addition to an imbalance of the hormone insulin, which causes diabetes, and changes at menopause, common hormone issues include:
Your adrenal glands release cortisol in response to stress. When unrelenting stress results in chronically-high cortisol, your physical health suffers. High cortisol can lead to adrenal fatigue, a weak immune system, high blood sugar, weight gain, and heart disease.
Thyroid hormone imbalance
You can have high and low levels of thyroid hormone, but having too little, called hypothyroidism, is more common. Dry skin, fatigue, weight gain, and high cholesterol are just a few of the health problems caused by hypothyroidism.
Androgen excess, an overproduction of male hormones, affects about 8% of all women. Problems with your ovaries, adrenal glands, and polycystic ovary syndrome might cause it. When women produce high levels of androgens, they may develop excessive hair growth, acne, menstrual irregularities, and infertility.
What are the body-wide effects of low estrogen and progesterone?
In the years before, during, and after menopause, low levels of estrogen cause common symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Estrogen, however, regulates diverse body systems. As a result, low estrogen can cause vaginal atrophy, osteoporosis, and coronary artery disease. It also accelerates age-related skin problems.
Women’s reproductive health depends on a balance between estrogen and progesterone. When progesterone levels drop, estrogen becomes dominant, which may lead to weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, and difficulty getting pregnant.
How does a holistic approach to hormone issues provide optimal health?
Dr. Brass-Jones specializes in holistic care that seeks to uncover every aspect of your life that could affect your hormones or mimic hormone imbalances. To reach an accurate diagnosis, the doctor performs hormone tests, explores issues that affect hormones, such as food sensitivities, and evaluates your gynecologic, physical, and emotional health.
After Dr. Brass-Jones has a complete understanding of the underlying causes of your hormone issues, she develops an individualized treatment plan that may include any combination of conventional and natural options such as:
- Herbal and supplement support
- Nutritional and diet changes
- Biphasic tinctures