Female Hormone Specialist Brisbane
For women to achieve optimal health, it is necessary to look into their hormonal balance. In Brisbane, women of various ages are becoming more aware in addressing this. Imbalance in the hormones can be mild and manageable for some but there are other women who are having difficulties to get through their day. Having a hormonal imbalance can cripple not only the physical aspect but also the mental state of women afflicted with the condition.
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Pap smears are recommended for all sexually active women every two years. This is a simple procedure where a swab sample is taken from the cervix and examined for anomalies which may indicate the development of cervical cancer. No drugs or anaesthetics are needed for the procedure which can be completed by a general practitioner, nurse or women’s health worker. It only takes a couple of minutes and could help save your life.
As of 2017 – under the new cervical cancer screening program, HPV screening test (done every 5 years) will now be offered at Ubuntu Medical. It has been found to be more effective than the traditional pap smear test. What’s the difference between the 2 tests? HPV testing offers women earlier intervention because the test picks up the presence of HPV virus DNA. In contrast pap smear testing picks up changes once the virus has started turning into cells.
What Causes Hormonal Imbalance in Females?
Excellent hormonal health is possible among women if there is a balance on the three key hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. The imbalance is triggered if a woman is faced with stress, menopause, or a health condition affecting the hormones. As a result, the production of the necessary hormones is interrupted. Genetics and age also contribute to the hormonal fluctuations of women.
What are the Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Females?
Women’s body responds differently on hormonal imbalance and the symptoms can manifest differently, depending on the kind of hormone lacking in the body.
When estrogen is underproduced, women experience low sexual drive, dryness in the vagina, and hot flashes. Other symptoms include irregular menstruation, infertility, depression, urinary tract infection, joint pains, osteoporosis, and heart problems.
If progesterone is the problem, women experience a variation in having heavy periods and being infertility. Increased fat and heaviness on the belly area is also noticeable. Along with these, the following symptoms can also be experienced: irregular sleep, pre-menstrual syndrome, mental health conditions, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, breast and ovarian cysts, and abnormal heart rhythms.
When these two are underproducing, testosterone levels become high which results to menstrual problems. It also must be noted that the hormonal problems can involve more than one of the hormones. The symptoms of the hormonal imbalance can fluctuate depending on the body’s condition and external factors that influence the body’s reaction such as stress, life events, etc.
What Are the Available Treatments for Hormonal Imbalance in Females?
- Natural Hormone Therapy. This therapy can address the hormonal imbalance of both menopausal and non-menopausal. However, there is a difference in the approach in terms of the symptoms addressed. Natural hormone therapy for menopausal patients address the symptoms of hot flashes, osteoporosis, low libido, and irregular sleep. For non-menopausal patients, natural hormone therapy focuses on regulating the menstrual cycle, managing weight gain, and decreasing stress and anxiety experienced by women.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy. This treatment plan uses medication that mimics the female reproductive hormones. Hormone replacement therapy medications come in a variety of forms like skin patches, gels, creams, and pills and help alleviate menopausal symptoms.
- Bio-identical Hormones. At the onset of hormone replacement therapy’s release, synthetic hormones were used and can pose risks to women’s health. As a result, physicians used a bio-identical hormone therapy instead because of reduced associated risks. Bio-identical hormones use special hormones to match the patient’s own hormones. These are plant chemical extracts from yams and soy.
Along with these treatments, hormonal imbalance can be addressed with proper diet and lifestyle change. Women should never dismiss the need to treat hormonal imbalance and the symptoms that go along with it. Not only it cures their health concerns but also improves their quality of life.
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