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Having excess or insufficient hormones can affect various aspects of your life. Treating your hormone imbalance in San Dimas, CA, is much easier under the expert care of your doctor, Dr. Richard Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates.
What Is Hormone Imbalance
Hormones are chemicals secreted by endocrine glands into your bloodstream to direct the activities of organs and tissues in your body. When these hormones become too much or too little, you have a hormone imbalance. The effects of hormone imbalance are typically evident on your tissues and organs. Significant periods in your life can cause a surge or depletion of your hormones. Such milestones include puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. A hormone imbalance could be due to defects such as tumors in the hormone-producing organ.
Long Term Effects of Hormone Imbalance
Infertility- Hormone imbalance can make conception difficult for women. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility among women is marked by hormone imbalance.
Osteoporosis- The female sex hormone, estrogen, is important for keeping your bones strong and healthy. That's why postmenopausal women with lower estrogen levels are more likely to develop osteoporosis and fracture their bones. Younger women with insufficient estrogen levels might not attain optimal bone development.
Birth defects- Some women can conceive and bear healthy children despite hormone imbalance. However, maternal hormone imbalances can affect fetal development. For instance, women with hypothyroidism, are more likely to have children with birth defects.
Pregnancy complications- Hormone imbalance associated with conditions such as PCOS might cause women to experience pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, high birth weight, and miscarriage.
Cancer- Hormone imbalance might increase your risk of hormone-dependent cancers such as ovarian, breast, and endometrial uterine cancers.
Hormone Imbalance Symptoms
Often, the symptoms of hormone imbalance closely resemble other conditions so, many women sweep them under the carpet. You should see your doctor if you're having more than one of the following hormone imbalance signs in San Dimas, CA:
- Mood changes
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Abnormal body hair growth
- Hair loss
- Changes in blood sugar level
- Reduced sex drive
- Irregular periods
After your diagnosis, your OBGYN will develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your condition.
If you think you might be experiencing hormone imbalance in San Dimas, CA, call (909) 599-8677 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates.
How your OBGYN specialist in San Dimas, CA, can help you
Hormones affect many of your body functions, and if they are out of balance, it can dramatically affect your body. Fortunately, your OBGYN doctor can help. Dr. Richard Anthony Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA, offers a wide range of obstetrical and gynecological services, including hormonal imbalance treatments to help you.
Hormonal imbalances can be caused naturally, by going through puberty, becoming pregnant, or going through menopause. They can also be caused by medical problems or surgeries, including having a hysterectomy.
Some of the signs and symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include:
- Problems sleeping
- Gaining weight
- Gaining belly fat
- Lowered sex drive
- Lack of energy
- Depression or anxiety
Your OBGYN specialist will do some initial tests to determine your current hormone levels. Then your doctor will create an individualized treatment plan designed to get your hormones back in balance. Part of your treatment plan may include dietary changes, increased exercise, and possibly, hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone replacement therapy can include synthetic hormones, or bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are identical in structure to human hormones so they offer many advantages. Consider that bio-identical hormones:
- Have fewer side effects
- Are longer-lasting
- Create a steady stream of hormones in your blood
- Have an extensive record of research and testing
- Can increase bone density
- Don't increase your risk of a stroke, blood clots, or a heart attack
You deserve to feel your best, and hormonal imbalance treatments can help. To find out more about hormone imbalance treatments and other OBGYN services, call Dr. Richard Anthony Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA, at (909) 599-8677.
Have you been diagnosed with cervicitis? If so, chances are pretty good that you have questions about this condition. This condition, which causes inflammation of the cervix, is surprisingly common. There are many reasons why someone might develop cervicitis:
- A sexually transmitted disease (e.g. gonorrhea; genital herpes)
- Allergies (e.g. latex)
- Injury to the cervix
- Irritation (e.g. from diaphragm)
- A bacterial or hormonal imbalance
- Cancer (Rare)
Some women may have cervicitis but never even know that they have it. Some women with cervicitis may experience abdominal pain, yellow or gray discharge, vaginal itching and bleeding, painful urination or pain during sex.
What puts you at risk for cervicitis? While any woman can develop this condition you are more at risk for developing this inflammatory problem if you have multiple sexual partners, have sex without a condom or if you’ve had cervicitis in the past.
A simple swab test of the cervix is often all that’s needed to diagnose this problem. If you’ve been diagnosed with cervicitis, or if you suspect that you might have it, this is something that needs to be treated right away. Cervicitis can actually spread to other areas such as the fallopian tubes or uterus.
Cervicitis will often get worse if left untreated and can lead to other more serious complications such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). If you are pregnant, this condition could also put your unborn baby at risk. This is why it’s so important that you visit your OBGYN if you notice any symptoms or changes in your vaginal health that have you concerned.
Luckily, cervicitis can easily be treated with antibiotics such as doxycycline or azithromycin. Before medication is prescribed your OBGYN will also test for any sexually transmitted infections that may be causing this infection. If a sexually transmitted disease is also detected then we will need to treat that infection accordingly with further medication.
If you are pregnant, doxycycline will not be prescribed. In this situation, you will most likely be prescribed azithromycin or a cephalosporin. Again, the medicine your gynecologist decides to prescribe will be based on the cause of your cervicitis.
If in doubt, turn to your OBGYN to address all of your questions and concerns regarding cervicitis or the symptoms you are experiencing.
If your OBGYN has recently recommended an endometrial biopsy chances are you have a lot of questions. We are here to answer some of them.
If you are getting an endometrial biopsy, you may be doing as much research as possible on the subject to prepare yourself for your upcoming procedure. During an endometrial biopsy your gynecologist will remove a small sample from the lining of the uterus to check for any abnormal cells that may be present, as well as study specific hormone levels. Find out more about this procedure, why it’s performed and what it could do for your health.
Why is an endometrial biopsy performed?
Your gynecologist may recommend that you get this diagnostic procedure done if you are experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding, if you are having trouble getting pregnant, or if symptoms you are experiencing may tell us that there is a potential overgrowth of the endometrial lining. This test can also be used to detect cancer.
How is an endometrial biopsy done?
The biopsy can be done right in your gynecologist’s office. Of course, the sample that we collect will be sent to a pathologist who will read the sample and provide results.
During the biopsy a speculum is placed into the vagina to open up the vaginal walls to be able to see both the cervix and vagina better. Sometimes the cervix is numbed with a local anesthetic prior to collecting the sample. We will need to collect a sample from both the cervix and the uterus. Some patients may experience some cramping (similar to menstrual cramping) during their procedure, but the biopsy will takes about 5 to 15 minutes to complete.
You may experience some bleeding or spotting after your biopsy. This is completely normal and will go away within a day or two. You may also notice some soreness for a couple days afterwards. We recommend that you avoid sex, strenuous exercise or wearing tampons until the bleeding goes away. If you notice heavy bleeding or experience pain then it’s time to call your OBGYN.
An endometrial biopsy can be a great diagnostic tool for determining the health of your uterus. Whether you are dealing with abnormal bleeding or you are experiencing other symptoms, know that you can always turn to your OBGYN specialist for care.