Women’s hormonal problems can include PMS, menstrual irregularities, endometriosis and PCOS. In later stages, problems can occur during the peri-menopause and menopause. Common symptoms include; hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, loss of libido, anxiety, weight gain, increased susceptibility to UTI’s and thrush.
The thyroid is an important gland in regulating the metabolism and an underactive thyroid may cause low thyroid function. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include low energy, weight gain, feeling cold, menstrual irregularities, constipation, thinning hair and brittle nails. There are also autoimmune thyroid problems including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves Disease. There are many contributory factors to autoimmune conditions and the functional medicine approach is ideal for identifying these.
The adrenals are key for our daily stress response, energy levels and vitality. Modern life takes its toll on these glands leaving many to suffer from stress, anxiety, unexplained tiredness and fatigue. Certain simple dietary and lifestyle changes can be immensely helpful.
Testing for Dysfunction
Diagnostic and genetic testing is available to help pinpoint key contributory factors and may be recommended in some cases.