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Hormone Imbalances

Estrogen Progesterone Testosterone
Stimulates growth and multiplication of cells Inhibits uterine activity (decreases cramping) Maintains normal Libido and response
Responsible for the re-growth of the uterine lining Down- regulates estrogen receptors Peaks at ovulation, due to LH surge (mother nature ensuring procreation)
Responsible for secondary sex hormones Promotes cell differentiation and maturation Increases bone mineral density and preventing further decline in osteoporosis.
Maintains vaginal and bladder tissue health Decreases cell multiplication and promotes apoptosis Maintaining lean body mass, strength and stamina ( women with high testosterone levels build muscles easily)
Decreases bone breakdown Induces enzymes for estrogen metabolism Improved mood, memory and structural integrity of the brain itself
Decrease thyroid function Increases aldosterone and prolactin secretion Increases GABA (an anti – anxiolytic neurotransmitter)
Affects mood, concentration & cognition (path lab seminar 2006) Results form ovulation and promotes and maintains pregnancy if it occurs
Improves blood circulation to the brain Diuretic
Help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease via various mechanisms Increases thyroid function
Improves blood circulation to the frontal lobes of the brain Increases libido
Normalizes brain wave generation
Stimulates the production of and increases the brain’s sensitivity to the effects of nerve growth factor (NGF)
Facilitates the growth of dendrites
Improves memory function
Helps prepare the female body for pregnancy
Responsible for the growth and development of the uterus at puberty

– Hyperhealth 2001

Signs of high estrogen Signs of Low estrogen Signs of Low progesterone
PMS Vaginal Dryness PMS
Unexplained weight gain Painful intercourse Early miscarriage
Early miscarriage Bladder infections Unexplained weigh gain
Anxiety Night sweats Anxiety
Painful and / or lumpy breasts Memory problems Painful and / or lumpy breasts
Cyclic headaches Lethargic depression Cyclic headaches
Insomnia Insomnia
Heavy, irregular bleeding Heavy, irregular bleeding
Depression, fatigue, poor concentration Decreased libido
Decreased libido Fibroid growth
Water retention and bloating Breast and uterine cancer
Fat gain around hips and thighs
Infertility

– Lee & Hopkins 2008

Signs and Symptoms of High Testosterone Signs and symptoms of Low Testosterone
Increased muscle mass Diminished sexual pleasure
Possible insulin resistance Decreased sensitivity of the breast and genital area
Usually very driven women with Type A personalities Decreased orgasmic response
Overweight due to insulin resistance Decreased Libido
Hirsutism (excessive hair) Low energy
Possible Polycystic ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Depression

– Lee & Hopkins 2008