Key Hormones To Test During Menopause

As women approach perimenopause and menopause, their hormone levels can change dramatically, leading to a wide range of symptoms, from hot flashes and night sweats to mood swings and weight gain.

These changes are a natural part of the aging process, but they can be disruptive and even painful.

That's why it's essential for every perimenopausal and menopausal woman to have her hormone levels checked by a hormone expert. Testing key hormones can help identify any imbalances that may be causing problems and provide personalized care to manage symptoms and maintain optimal health.

Estrogen Levels For Mood, Sleep & Libido

One of the most important hormones to test during menopause is estrogen. Women will typically experience an estrogen decline or estrogen dominance, in which estrogen levels become too high compared to other hormones.

When estrogen levels are out of balance, women may experience unexpected mood swings, weight gain, painful periods, and other changes in sleep and sexual drive.

The fluctuations in estrogen can be incredibly disruptive, so it is key to monitor these levels as you enter perimenopause, which could be as early as your late 30s or early 40s. Testing estrogen levels can help women understand their symptoms and determine how to manage them more effectively.

Progesterone Levels For Mood, Sleep & Weight Management

Progesterone levels are essential to maintain, and one of the most common hormonal imbalances along with hypothyroidism.

Low levels of this hormone not only affect weight but have also been associated with insomnia, moodiness, anxiety, and depression. Low progesterone can also lead to headaches, dry skin, and hair loss.

Testing progesterone levels is crucial to identifying if a woman is at risk of any of these issues during perimenopause and beyond. Addressing any low progesterone levels early on can help reduce a woman’s overall menopausal symptoms and may lower your risk for certain cancers.

Testosterone: Muscle Mass And Bone Density

Most women don't realize that they have testosterone, as this hormone is typically only associated with men. However, maintaining healthy testosterone levels is just as important for women as it is for men.

Testosterone levels are an important hormone to be tested in menopausal women as it helps to maintain muscle mass and bone density. Low testosterone can cause bat wings or underarm fat to appear, low sex drive, as well as depression.

It is always best to have a blood test conducted by your doctor to determine if your testosterone levels are at optimal levels, especially if you experience any of the previously listed symptoms. Taking the simple step of having a blood test conducted can guarantee that you have healthy testosterone levels during this sometimes tumultuous stage of life.

Thyroid: Metabolism

Hypothyroidism is also one of the most common hormone imbalances women can experience due to many causes.

Often women may have their thyroid tested by their PCP only to be told “everything is fine” when their TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone is in range. Unfortunately, most doctors do not have the expertise in hormone testing to know that several thyroid hormones need to be tested to provide a clear picture of thyroid health.

Many women are struggling with hypothyroidism and may not know it, but they do notice that their perimenopausal symptoms worsen, like weight gain, painful periods, mood swings, and hair loss.

Hormone experts who may suspect hypothyroidism will test for a wide range of other thyroid hormones like free T3, free T4, reverse T3, as well as thyroid peroxidase (TPO) levels.

What You Need To Know About Hormone Testing

Hormone testing is an essential component of diagnosing and treating hormonal imbalances. Hormone experts may use various types of hormone testing to determine a patient's hormonal status, including blood testing, saliva testing, and urine testing.

The type of testing used will depend on the specific needs of the patient and their symptoms. For example, blood testing is often the preferred method for measuring thyroid hormones and sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone.

Saliva testing may be used to measure cortisol, a stress hormone, and to evaluate the diurnal rhythm of hormone secretion.

Urine testing may be used to assess hormone metabolites and to evaluate the body's ability to process hormones.

By using various types of hormone testing, hormone experts can obtain a comprehensive picture of a patient's hormonal status and develop a personalized treatment plan to optimize their health and well-being.

Choosing A BHRT Provider

As a licensed health practitioner with deep expertise in hormone imbalances and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), our team will provide the appropriate guidance for your unique situation so you can determine whether you are a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

We examine lifestyle factors that could be unnecessarily draining your natural hormone levels and also provide guidance on natural ways to boost your resilience and longevity.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can potentially reduce the risk of adverse side effects, alleviate symptoms leading to a healthier and happier life. If you think that this type of treatment might be right for you, then consider signing up for a free discovery call so we can answer any questions you may have.

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