Female Hormone Imbalances

Women’s bodies normally produce a variety of hormones including several types of estrogen (estrone, estradiol, estriol), progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, LH, FSH and others. The ebb and flow of these hormones create menstrual cycles and allow ovulation and pregnancy. Hormones are made from cholesterol, so making sure that healthy diets include good fats are a component of balanced hormones. Depending on circumstances, testing a women’s hormone levels throughout her cycle can be helpful determining a treatment plan. Naturopathic treatment options include gentle cycle regulation through food-based protocols, bi-phasic herbal treatments with botanical medicines that work on the hormones, and sometimes specific nutrients or bio-identical hormone replacement.