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A woman’s hormones work together like a choreographed dance; if one member of the production is off-beat, the whole performance is affected. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance include unstable mood, changes in appetite, loss of energy, abnormal sleep patterns, diminished concentration and anxiety. It is no surprise that hormonal imbalances in women can be challenging to their quality of life. In fact, increased or decreased levels of these crucial signaling molecules have been linked to a number of mental health disorders, most notably depression.

Understanding the hormones that have a part in a women’s normal rhythm (Estrogen, Progesterone, Cortisol, and Testosterone) is one way to ensure their proper functioning. Estrogen includes estradiol, estrone, and estriol and is released by the ovaries. It controls serotonin and endorphins and plays a role in promoting sleep and fighting depression. Progesterone aids in balancing estrogen and cortisol levels, supporting the “choreographed dance” analogy. Cortisol, also referred to as the stress hormone, controls the body’s ability to manage stress. Low levels of Cortisol have been linked to fatigue and low libido. This hormone is secreted by the adrenal glands; this explains the importance of maintaining adrenal health to fight fatigue. The last hormone on our list, Testosterone, is mistaken for a “male only hormone,” yet it plays an important role in women’s health by regulating libido, maintaining a healthy fat to muscle ratio in the body, and even improving memory.

Promoting physical and mental health should be a multi process that includes proper sleep, diet, and exercise. In all cases, individuals should seek guidance from a health care provider in determining whether Hormonal Imbalance may be a source of their symptoms. Dr. Kothari has a keen interest in women and hormonal issues; especially during vulnerable phases of a woman’s development such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause. She has a sensitivity and sensibility in incorporating her knowledge regarding women and mental health issues in her daily practice to aid her patients gain stability and wellness.

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