Female Hormone Imbalance

Carrie Carda, MD -  - OB-GYN

Carrie Carda, MD

OB-GYN & Integrative Medicine Specialist located in Poplar Bluff, MO

The impact of a female hormone imbalance can be mild in some women. But in others it can be so severe that their symptoms affect their ability to get through the day and make it impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Dr. Carrie Carda specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement, which effectively and safely alleviates female hormone imbalances. Please don’t continue to suffer with symptoms or put your health at risk due to low hormone levels. Call Women’s Health Specialists in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, or book an appointment online.

Female Hormone Imbalance Q & A

What do you need to know about female hormone imbalance?

Throughout a woman’s life, her menstrual cycles are determined by hormone variations. These imbalances are purposeful and designed to support reproductive health. For example, levels of estrogen and progesterone must drop below normal to begin the process that makes an egg mature and leave the ovary.

Some hormone imbalances lead to health problems. An imbalance in estrogen can cause abnormal uterine bleeding, while high levels of androgens (male hormones) lead to polycystic ovary syndrome. Imbalances in female hormones can even make you more susceptible to dental problems like gum disease.

The significant hormone imbalance that occurs during menopause is natural, yet potentially serious health problems develop as levels of estrogen decline.

How does low estrogen affect your health?

Your estrogen levels begin to fluctuate in the years prior to menopause, then drop to permanently low levels when you reach menopause. Estrogen has a significant influence throughout your body, where it’s essential for maintaining healthy bones and tissues. As a result, loss of estrogen does more than cause menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. Low estrogen levels cause:

  • Skin thinning and dehydration  
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Heart disease
  • Bone loss and osteoporosis
  • Weight gain

How is female hormone imbalance treated?

Dr. Carda takes an integrative approach to women’s hormone imbalances, performing a physical exam and ordering a metabolic profile that determines hormone levels and other important measures of your overall health.

Treatment for a hormone imbalance consists of restoring levels back to their normal levels. Once you replace the missing hormones, menopausal symptoms are relieved and other body-wide problems are either prevented or reversed.

Dr. Carda prescribes bioidentical hormones. Since bioidentical hormones have the same molecular and chemical structure as natural hormones, your body interacts with them the same as if it had synthesized the replacement hormone.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is also safe, because Dr. Carda determines the smallest dose needed to restore normal levels. Then she continues to monitor your levels, making adjustments in treatment as needed.

Bioidentical hormones are available in a variety of forms, including topical patches, injections, and pellets. Hormone pellets are customized to contain the precise amount of hormone you need, then one pellet is inserted under your skin. As the pellet slowly and continuously releases hormones into your bloodstream, you maintain a steady level for three to four months.