Hormonal Evaluation

Often times, when the subject of hormones comes up, one immediately reactions with "I don't have a hormone problem." However, read the list below for symptoms associated with hormone imbalances. In short, hormones are the "chemical messengers" that are coordinating most functions in the body to some degree.

Think of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Pretty impressive the number of musicians that can play in harmony together-at the right time, the right pitch, and the right volume. The body's hormonal system is very similar. Not only do we need the "right" hormones produced, we need them at the right time, the right volume, and in the right combination in order for our bodies to work. Simply put, our properly functioning hormonal system is a finely tuned orchestra always playing in harmony.

How do I determine whether my hormones are balanced?

To get a general idea of whether or not your hormones are balanced, take a look at the list below of symptoms frequently associated with hormone imbalance. To be absolutely sure, however, we can evaluate specific levels of these hormones with saliva testing to determine if they are in balance or out of normal range. Talk with your doctor about testing.

Symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances

Check which of these symptoms are troublesome and persist over time. Two or more symptoms may be an indication of the need to evaluate hormone balance.

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings (PMS)
  • Night sweats
  • Tender breasts
  • Cystic ovaries
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Water retention
  • Heavy menses
  • Foggy thinking
  • Anxious
  • Elevated triglycerides
  • Depressed
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Decreased libido
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Cold body temperature
  • Bone loss
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Bleeding changes
  • Increased facial hair
  • Increased body hair
  • Loss of scalp hair
  • Acne
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Oily skin
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable
  • Aches/pains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Thinning skin
  • Allergies
  • Chemical sensitivity
  • Stress

Other indicators:

  • If you go too long without eating does it bother you? Do you get headaches, nausea, irritability, weakness, etc?
  • How would you rate your energy level? Do you feel it is as good as it should be?
  • Do you have a sweet tooth?
  • Do you have trouble getting to or staying asleep?
  • What different type of adrenal stimulants do you consume and how much - coffee, sodas, tobacco, alcohol?
  • Do you usually wear sunglasses when outside?
  • Do you occasionally get light headed or see stars when you get up from the floor or hop out of bed quickly?
  • How much stress do you feel you are under? Are you a Type A or a perfectionist?