Monday, February 18, 2008

Do you have a hormone imbalance?

Well I was going to do a blog today about estrogen dominance (which is a hormone imbalance), but then I decided that maybe you all would like to find out first if you actually have a hormone imbalance. The following is a test from Dr. John Lee who was one of the foremost in hormone balance and estrogen dominance. My next several blogs with cover the actual hormone imbalances, what causes them, and what you should do about them.

Okay here's the test (it's from Dr. John Lee's book Dr. John Lee's Hormone Imbalance Made Simple):

Instructions:

1) Read carefully through the list of symptoms in each group, and put a check mark next to each symptom that you have. (If you check off the same symptom in more than one group that is fine.)

2) Go back and count the check marks in each group. In any group where you have two or more symptoms checked off, there is a good chance that you have the hormone imbalance represented by that group.

3) The more symptoms you check off, the higher the likelihood that you have the hormone imbalance represented by that group. (Some people may have more than one type of hormone imbalance.)

Symptom Group 1
  • PMS
  • Insomnia
  • Early Miscarriage
  • Painful and/or lumpy breasts
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Cyclical headaches (headaches that you get with your cycle)
  • Anxiety
  • Infertility

_____ TOTAL BOXES CHECKED

Symptom Group 2

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Night sweats
  • Painful intercourse
  • Memory problems
  • Bladder infections
  • Lethargic depression
  • Hot flashes

_____TOTAL BOXES CHECKED

Symptom Group 3

  • Puffiness and bloating
  • Cervical dysplasia (abnormal pap smear)
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Breat tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Anxious depression
  • Migraine headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Foggy thinking
  • Red flush on face
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Weepiness

_____TOTAL BOXES CHECKED

Symptom Group 4

A combination of the symptoms in group 1 and group 3. (If you have checked two or more boxes in each of thes two groups, you may belong to symptom group 4.)

_____TOTAL BOXES CHECKED

Symptom Group 5

  • Acne
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Excessive hair on the face and the arms
  • Hypoglycemia and/or unstable blood sugar
  • Thinning hair on the head
  • Infertility
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Mid-cycle pain

____TOTAL BOXES CHECKED

Symptom Group 6

  • Debilitating fatigue
  • Unstable blood sugar
  • Foggy thinking
  • Low blood pressure
  • Thin and/or dry skin
  • Intolerance to exercise
  • Brown spots on face

____TOTAL BOXES CHECKED

If you have check two or more boxed in one or more symptom groups, see the "Answers" section below to find out what type of homonal imbalance(s) you may have.

Answers

Symptom Group 1

Progesterone deficiency: This is the most common hormone imbalance among women of all ages. You may need to change your diet, eliminate synthetic hormones (including birth control pills), and begin to use some progesterone cream.

Symptom Group 2

Estrogen deficiency: This hormone imbalance is most common in menopausal women -- especially if you are petite and/or slim. You may need to make some special changes to your diet or tak some women's herbs; some women may even need a little bit of natural estrogen (about one-tenth the does usually prescribed by doctors).

Symptom Group 3

Excess Estrogen: In women, this is most often solved by getting off of the conventional synthetic hormones most often prescribed by doctors for menopausal women. Adding progesterone often help relieve symptoms and balance hormones.

Symptom Group 4

Estrogen dominance: This is caused when you don't have enough progesterone to balance the effects of estrogen. Thus, you can have low estrogen or symptoms of estrogen deficiency, but if you have even lower progesterone, you can have symptoms of estrogen dominance. Many women between the ages of 40 and 50 suffer from estrogen dominance. You may want to try using some natural progesterone cream. In saliva hormone testing, when your estrogen is at its optimal level, your progesterone should be about 200 times higher. In other words, the ratio of progesterone to estrogen for hormone balance would be about 200:1.

Symptom Group 5

Excess androgens (male hormones): This is most often caused by too much sugar and simple carbohydrates in the diet, and can often be changed with simple dietary charnges and regular, moderate exercise.

Symptom Group 6

Cortisol deficiency: This is caused by tired adrenals, which is usually caused by chronic stress. If you're trying to juggle a job and a family, chances are good you have tired adrenals. Please read either What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause or What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause for detailed recommendations on restoring tired adrenals.

* This was excerpted from Dr. John Lee's Hormone Balance Made Simple.

Okay so now we all know if we have hormone imbalances and what they are. Starting with the next blog I will start to go over the hormone imbalance in detail, what causes them, and how to correct them. Until then. . .

Favorite links on this topic:

http://www.johnleemd.com/

http://www.hopkinstestkits.com/

http://www.hopkinshealthwatch.com/

Additional Reading:


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