How does a woman know that she ought to get her hormones checked?
Are there signs or symptoms? Does having a regular menstrual cycle point to her hormones being “normal”? Are there other ways, besides a blood panel, to determine whether things are physiological or psychological? If one’s body seems to function fairly normally, but just not have desire, what does that point to?
Testing is costly (all out of pocket), so it’s not as simple as “just go get tested”.
If you are a woman, or your wife has gone to the doctor to get her hormones checked, what physical symptoms made you determine you needed to get checked out? What were the results? How are you treated.
We found out Wifey had low progesterone when she was pregnant and her OB put her On progesterone to prevent a miscarriage. Although it was several years later that we put the pieces together and identified several symptoms of low progesterone when she wasn’t pregnant: irregular periods, low libido, weight gain, even anxiety and depression. She’s on bHRT and has seen some improvement in regularity, but the other symptoms are still there.
I had gone into full-blown menopause at 36 years old, so I just assumed I’d need some female hormones to keep me from growing a mustache LOL. When I had a very low libido, that was the impetus to get ALL of my hormones and thyroid tested, and I did indeed have low testosterone.
Another sign that things were out of whack was irritability and mild depression.
I still had periods but started having severe night sweats and hot flashes. i REALLY believe in HRT especially since it’s main purpose is to help prevent the big 3 in women: Heart Attack, Osteoporosis and Alzheimers and secondary purpose is symptom relief.
No way was i about to go down that rapid aging pathway (once Estrogen drops) and for women, it’s not a gradual decline like it is for men, it PLUMMETS. Also i wish i had gone on it a lot sooner than my hot flashes started. For a lot of women, depression and especially anxiety creep in. Dry skin, thinning hair, vaginal atrophy, the entire works but for me anxiety started ramping up. That is when a lot of perimenopausal and menopausal women go on anti-depressants when what they really need is HRT or BHRT.
We have gone with a naturopath to help regulate DW’s hormone levels. She has had long and painful periods for a long time. The doctor told her it was normal, and because of this it was hard to convince my wife that it wasn’t. Her cycle and her libido have both improved since seeing the naturopath.
Here is the go-to chart of hormonal symptoms:
The question of whether a problem is psychological or hormonal is complex. Emotions effect hormone levels, and hormone levels affect emotions. If things are off in the marriage bed, it is likely a combination of the two.
Hormone testing does not have to be a major expense. Ordering the tests online costs about 1/5th of ordering the tests thru your doctor. You can get started by ordering this:
Although this is worth the extra money IMO:
Of course you have to have someone who can read the results. We both go to a local bHRT doctor. He, and other doctors we have been to are fine with us ordering the tests ourself. bHRT is pretty much self-pay for everyone, so they are sensitive to cost. If he insisted that we get the lab tests thru him, we wouldn’t be able to afford it, and he would be getting nothing.
However, LifeExtension offers FREE consultation on your lab results. We have never taken advantage of this service. If the nurse merely looks for the results being within the normal range on the report, then it is useless. Besides, anyone could do that. The “normal” range on the lab reports are a joke. You need someone knowledgeable in what real normal ranges are. Since LifeExtension caters to bHRT folks, my guess is they are knowledgeable about what good readings should be.
My wife had a slight accident and slipped in our tub. She hit her head and was out for a minute. As a precaution she had an MRI and they found a growth on her pituitary gland. They then did a complete hormone check and they found it normal even with her extreme dryness after menopause. They continue checking her hormones once a year since the original test about 4-5 years ago.