top of page

Women's Health

What are hormones?

Hormones are chemical messengers that influence just about every physiological process in the body. They also work synergistically with each other, so if one hormone level is not optimal, other hormones can be affected. 

 

Bio-Identical Hormones or “natural hormones” are non synthetic hormones that are designed to match the receptors that are in our body.  Like a lock and key, bio-identical hormones perfectly match the receptors that our body has and utilizes them effectively. 

Restoring hormonal balance has many positive health benefits besides providing relief from symptoms. Our providers offer extensive laboratory testing to specifically identify which hormones might need balancing. This testing also looks at other health markers to provide a whole-body picture so that optimal hormone balance can be achieved.

 

Imbalanced hormones can produce many symptoms, both physical and psychological. We use bio-identical hormones and supplementation to help restore women to an optimal state of health, but other factors can affect how well hormones work too. Imbalances rarely happen suddenly; they are often the result of cumulative effects of physiological stressors which compromise the endocrine system and overall health.

 

If hormones are optimally balanced, you should be sleeping well, have energy, and have a strong immune system. Your sex drive should be healthy, your outlook positive, and periods regular (if of childbearing age).  Hormone replacement therapy can help with weight control, fatigue, low energy, sleeplessness, memory loss, hair loss skin tone and appearance. 

 

At Bloom Wellness, we want to educate and empower our patients with knowledge about their health and treatment plans. 

 

We offer a variety of hormones to fit YOUR individual needs.  From creams, troches, injections, and pellets one of our skilled providers will find the right plan and care regimen for you. 

Hormones for Women 

Many women experience hormonal changes as they age, and bio-identical hormones can provide relief from symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. However, hormonal imbalances can also occur in women who are in their childbearing years. Other factors can disrupt this balance, such as diet, lifestyle, pregnancy, a full or partial hysterectomy, illness, stress, and even some medications.

 

  •  Low sex drive

  • Weight gain or inability to lose weight

  • Loss of muscle mass/increased fat mass

  • PMS

  • Irregular periods

  • Infertility

  • Hot flashes

  • Night sweats

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Inability to sleep

  • Fatigue

  • Inability to think clearly or focus

  • Memory problems

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Irritability and moodiness

  • Hair loss

  • Acne

  • Hair growth in unwanted places, such as the face

  • Food cravings

  • Joint inflammation

  • Muscle aches and pains

  • Endometriosis

  • PCOS

  • Fibroids

  • Higher risk for endometrial cancer

  • Estrogen dominance

  • Fibrocystic breasts

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Increased frequency of vaginal infections and/or UTIs

  • Painful sex

  • High cholesterol

  • Osteopenia/osteoporosis

  • Sagging and/or thin skin

  • Increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease

  • Decreased ability to handle stress

  • Increased inflammation

  • Digestive issues

 

Why are hormones important?

 

Estrogen:

Estrogen levels begin to decline as women enter perimenopause and continue to decline as you reach menopause. A deficiency in estrogen produces hot flashes, an uncomfortable symptom that many women experience. Some studies have indicated that a deficiency in estrogen can contribute to metabolic syndrome, obesity, cardiovascular disease.  Research is evaluating the effects of estrogen deficiency and the link with Alzheimers.   

 

Supplementing Estrogen (estradiol) affects sleep quality, mood, libido, focus, and memory. It also protects bones, the heart, the urinary tract, vaginal health, and skin. Estrogen also aids in the production of collagen, which affects the elasticity of skin and hair growth.

 

 

Progesterone:

Progesterone acts as the “protector” and has a calming effect on the mind and body. Progesterone stimulates your brain to produce a neurotransmitter known as GABA.  The more progesterone you have, the more GABA you’ll produce.  GABA is an amino acid that helps your brain cells communicate with each other.  One of the main roles of GABA is to lower brain activity- which reduces stress, balance your mood and promote sleep. 

 

When balancing hormones for women, it’s important to maintain the correct ratio between estrogen and progesterone. Adequate amounts of progesterone are vital for sleep quality and mood, like anxiety and depression.  Progesterone also prevents the overgrowth of cells and shields against nerve damage. It affects metabolism and contributes to using fat for energy, lowers triglycerides and decreases plaque buildup in the coronary arteries (atherosclerosis). 

 

Progesterone complements estrogen and it’s important to have a proper ratio and balance.  If this ratio gets out of balance, it can cause a condition called estrogen dominance to occur which can cause fertility problems, endometriosis, fibroids, weight gain, and even endometrial cancers.

Preventative & Cancer Screening

We offer important preventative screenings including Well Woman Exam and Pap Smear.  We care about keeping you healthy and this includes keeping up to date with recommended screenings.

  • Pap Smear for Cervical Cancer Screening. American College of Gynecology recommends Pap Smear every 3 years starting at age 21

  • Mammogram for Breast Cancer Screening. American Cancer Society recommends Mammogram annually starting at age 40

  • Colon Cancer Screening by Colonoscopy or Cologuard. United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends Screening starting at age 45 for average risk.

  • Osteoporosis Screening. National Osteoporosis Foundations recommends screening starting at Menopause with Clinical Risk Factors and all women at age 65 regardless of risk factors

  • High Blood Pressure Screening. United States Preventative Services Task recommends annual screening starting at age 40

  • Screening for Cardiovascular Disease and Lipids 

Bloom offers additional cancer screenings for high-risk individuals who have a Family History of genetic Cancers. Genetic cancers include ovarian, breast, pancreatic, stomach, colon, and prostate. We offer non-invasive Genetic testing for high-risk individuals to identify risk factors and to make more informed health care decisions for individualized care. High-risk individuals may qualify for insurance coverage. Genetic counseling is included for at-risk individuals.

I have been going for about 3 months and have started meds and injections/hormone therapy. I feel amazing and have lost 30 pounds! The staff is so friendly and Dr. Carli is amazing an knowledgeable. Thank you Bloom Wellness. I feel so much better with you!

Susan B.

bottom of page