Hormone balancing for women plays a key role in helping women to enjoy the balance and vitality needed when going through hormonal changes tied to age and menopause. Hormonal balancing can be used as part of an overall plan for diet, exercise and self-care to keep the body in optimal balance. However, many women find that doing everything else “right” doesn’t truly make all the pieces click until their hormones are properly balanced.

If you’re interested in learning more about managing your health from an integrated perspective, book an appointment with Dr. Susan Sipay online, by email or by calling (720) 791-2911.

What Can Hormone Balancing for Women Help With?

The most common reason for using hormonal balancing is to soften the estrogen dip that occurs both leading up to and during menopause. This dip in estrogen can be one of the most dramatic and challenging biological changes to happen in a woman’s lifetime. Some of the signs that it’s time to consider hormone balancing for women include:

  • Weight gain.
  • Fatigue.
  • Mood swings.
  • Breast tenderness.
  • Lack of mental clarity.
  • Diminished sex drive.
  • Vaginal dryness.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Joint pain.
  • Excessive sweating/sensitivity to heat.
  • Night sweats/soaking the sheets.
  • Increased appetite.
  • Loss of muscle mass.

Hormone imbalances involve changes in estrogen, progesterone and other hormone levels. There is no specific age when a hormone imbalance “turns on.” In fact, some women will be able to get through menopause without the need to balance hormones. However, many women find that hormonal support can be an integral part of maintaining health and wellness in perimenopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal years. Even women who “feel” good during menopause may still be at risk for bone loss and osteoporosis stemming from estrogen decreases.

What to Expect From Women's Hormone Balancing Treatments

When you visit us here at Functional and Metabolic Medicine of Colorado, Dr. Susan Sipay will begin with a full health assessment that looks at your symptoms, your personal health history and your goals for how you want to feel. We can then help you to determine if hormone balancing is something that’s appropriate to help you create optimal hormone levels for feeling and looking your best. Once you’ve determined that hormone balancing offers advantages, we can introduce you to different options for recreating your body’s natural, optimal hormone levels through hormonal supplementation. Our goal is to help you feel as much like “yourself” as possible at any age. In addition to creating a tailored plan with you, we’ll also work with you on maintaining your optimal results. This often includes checking hormone levels at regular intervals. We’ll also create a custom plan for the length of time that supplementation should be used to provide the greatest benefit.

At Functional and Metabolic Medicine of Colorado, we believe that hormone balancing doesn’t begin and end with finding the right hormonal supplementation. We take a whole-life approach to wellness that empowers our patients to foster lifestyles of wellness. We’ll help you discover options for your diet and lifestyle that can optimize the benefits of hormones balancing using hormonal supplementation. Aging doesn’t have to be something that just “happens” to us. We believe that aging can be a process of discovering how to give your body what it needs for energy, vitality and confidence at any age.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hormone Balancing for Women

Every plan for hormonal supplementation is personalized. While some patients may benefit from supplementation for a few months, others may need support for several years. It’s very common for women to use hormonal supplementation for menopause for between one and three years.

The hormone most commonly prescribed during menopause is estrogen in the form of a patch, pill, cream, ring, gel or spray foam.

Estrogen and progesterone are the two hormones that fluctuate the most due to menopause.