Thursday, March 24, 2016

My hormones are making me crazy!

Every woman will experience a change in hormonal balance from puberty to menopause.  One major difference is how the changes manifest as symptoms.  Some women experience debilitating cramping with menstruation, while others may not.  Menopausal symptoms can vary wildly as well, but traditional treatment for these symptoms seems to be the same regardless of the symptoms.  This can be thought of as getting an oil change for a problem with your radiator.  Both issues can cause your vehicle to not function properly, but the cause or source of the problem is not being addressed properly.

Symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances are:
-         -      Inability to Lose Weight                      -     Hot Flashes                                  -    Hair Loss
-        -       Fatigue                                                 -     Trouble Sleeping                         -    Dry Skin
-         -     Anxiety                                                 -     Depression                                  -    Night Sweats
-         -      Facial hair growth                                -     Breast Tenderness                       -    Irregular Bleeding
-         -     Water Retention                                    -     Heart Palpitations                       -    Vaginal Dryness
-         -      Loss of Sex Drive                                 -     Headaches                                  -    Breast Lumps

In 2002 and 2004 two government-sponsored trials were conducted to investigate traditional hormone replacement therapies (HRT).  Both trials were stopped early because the health risks exceeded the health benefits.  The participants had an increase in breast cancer, blood clots, and/or stroke.   

Another option, many women choose as a solution, is to undergo a hysterectomy.  I, personally, am not a fan of removing parts of my body in order to resolve symptoms.  Surgically removing organs rarely resolves all of the symptoms, and can still result in the need for long-term drug therapy.  Hysterectomies performed at a young age can lead to a lifetime of other chronic health problems; osteoporosis, early menopause, cancer, heart disease, headaches, blood clots.

There are safer alternatives available that thousands of women are utilizing.  The key is to identifying the underlying cause, which when identified can tell us the most effective treatment option.  The underlying factors that can cause these and other health problems include:
-         -     Stress and its effects on the balance of your hormones
-         -     Nutritional deficiencies
-         -     Undetected nerve damage

We are hosting a FREE lecture on April 19th at 6:30pm, at my office in North Charleston.  You will be able to get more information regarding Balancing Hormones Naturally.  Please feel free to bring a friend, but spots are very limited.  Contact us today to reserve your spot, 843-225-2550 or on our website.  

I want you to live your sweetest year yet!  

Dr. Angela Tharnish

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