Menstrual Irregularities
Menstrual Irregularities

Typical menstrual periods last four to seven days, and occur every 21 to 35 days. Women experiencing anything different than that are experiencing menstrual irregularities. Some common irregularities include having a much heavier or lighter menstrual flow, periods occurring less than 21 or more than 35 days apart, and missing three or more periods in a row (without pregnancy).

Heavy periods are also a common complaint from women. This can be caused by an imbalance of the estrogen and progesterone hormones. During a normal menstrual cycle estrogen levels rise, causing the uterine lining to proliferate. Then progesterone levels rise, stabilizing the growing uterine lining. The lining sloughs when both estrogen/progesterone levels drop, followed by the menses/period stage of the cycle. If your body is not making enough estrogen and subsequent progesterone hormones, this lining will destabilize and begin to shed early, commonly causing the bleeding to be heavy.

There are many occurrences that can be linked to causing abnormal menstruation:

  • Stress & lifestyle factors.
  • Birth Control Contraceptives.
  • Medical Conditions.
    • Uterine Polyps or Fibroids (non-cancerous growths).
    • Endometriosis.
    • Bleeding & clotting disorders.
    • Thyroid or pituitary gland disorders (disrupting hormones).
    • Premature ovarian insufficiency.
    • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
    • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
    • Uterine or Cervical Cancers.
    • Some STDs.
  • Cancer therapies (chemo and radiation).
  • Miscarriages or Ectopic pregnancies.
  • Medications like blood thinners or steroids.
If you are experiencing irregularities in your period and want to know more about what’s causing them and how to treat them, contact Dr. Hall at Expect Wellness today, we are here to help.

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Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen Dominance

We get that life seems to be all about finding balance, your hormones are no different. Homeostasis is defined as the body's effort to keep its systems in balance. This is something our bodies go through 24/7.

The homeostasis of hormones comes with a lifetime of complexities (literally). But when they are in perfect balance, your body works as it should without problems.

On average, estrogen is known as the more “female” dominant hormone. Testosterone is known as the “male” dominant hormone. Although each hormone is identified with a specific sex, both are found in women and men. Estrogen can play an important part in male sexual functions.

In women, estrogen is what initiates sexual development. Along with progesterone (another sex hormone), working in synchronicity to regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle and affects the entire reproductive system. These hormones decrease over time in women starting as early as 30 years old.

Estrogen Dominance can be caused by more than just perimenopausal conditions. Poor diet/ obesity, environmental exposures and even stress!

Some symptoms of estrogen dominance include:

  • Bloating.
  • Swollen and Tender Breasts.
  • Fibrocystic Lumps in Your Breasts.
  • Decreased Sex Drive.
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles.
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Increased Symptoms of Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Mood Swings.
  • Headaches.
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks.
  • Weight Gain.
  • Alopecia (Hair Loss).
  • Cold Hands or Feet.
  • Difficulty Sleeping.
  • Fatigue.
  • Memory problems.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to Dr. Hall for more information on treatment options or to schedule an appointment.

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