Category Archives: Female sexual dysfunction


High Levels of Estrogen in Minnesota


Estrogen dominance refers to an excess of estrogen when progesterone levels are inadequate in MN women. This condition can occur in women during the reproductive years, but tends to be particularly symptomatic for women during perimenopause and in menopause. Estrogen dominance is worsened by women not ovulating, women being exposed to synthetic estrogens and/or women not metabolizing estrogens correctly.

Scientific studies link high estrogen or estrogen imbalance with a wide range of symptoms and conditions, from hot flashes, night sweats, low libido, and foggy thinking to more serious conditions related to reproductive health (endometriosis and PCOS) as well as breast disease including cancer. Hormone imbalances triggered by medications like synthetic hormone combinations have also been found to contribute to estrogen dominance problems in Minneapolis, MN. Symptoms of estrogen dominance include fibrocystic and tender breasts, heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular menstrual cycles, mood swings, vasomotor symptoms, weight gain, and uterine fibroids.

The causes of high estrogen levels are usually due to the lack of progesterone or low progesterone levels. Premenopausal women can have low progesterone due to the lack of ovulation and/or reduction of ovarian production of progesterone. Perimenopausal women in their 40s-mid-50s suffer from lack of ovulation or erratic cycles, when estrogen levels fluctuate rapidly from high to low in the absence of adequate progesterone. Lastly, postmenopausal women have an imbalance of estrogen to progesterone ratio in waning reproductive years when ovarian production of estrogen can decline by as much as 60% and levels of progesterone can drop to nearly zero with the cessation of ovulation.

Women of all ages benefit from balanced hormones in St. Paul, MN. With menstrual irregularities, PMS, endometriosis and infertility, testing can be helpful in understanding the underlying condition. Health care providers working with perimenopausal and menopausal women find hormone testing to be a key step in detecting and correcting imbalances. Testing hormone levels is also invaluable for monitoring women using hormone replacement therapy.


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Hormone Imbalance in Perimenopause Women In Minnesota


Perimenopause refers to the time period during which a woman’s body makes its natural transition toward menopause. Women in Minnesota start Perimenopause at different ages. Most often start during our mid to late 40’s, leading to menopause at an average age of 51 in the US.

Typical sign of perimenopause is that menstrual cycles may lengthen or shorten. When sex hormone levels fluctuate and imbalance, many women in Minneapolis and St Paul may also experience menopause-like symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swing, sleep problems and vaginal dryness.

In perimenopause, hormonal imbalance results when women’s sex hormone levels fluctuate widely. Contrary to popular belief, many of the symptoms experienced during perimenopause are not due to estrogen deficiency, but rather are due to estrogen dominance. The term “estrogen dominance” can be confusing at times because it does not relate solely to the amount of circulating estrogen in the body, but rather to the relationship between estrogen and progesterone.

In the next blog, we will discuss the details on the relationship between estrogen dominance and perimenopause symptoms.


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Female Sexual Dysfunction and Hormone Balancing in Minnesota


Female sexual dysfunction is defined as a lack of interest in or enjoyment of sexual activity that is distressing to a woman in MN. It can result from a loss of sex drive (libido), an inability to become aroused or to reach an orgasm, or pain during intercourse. A combination of many personal, interpersonal, and medical factors may contribute to sexual dysfunction.

Physical causes of sexual dysfunction may include health issues such as: diabetes, heart disease, nerve disorders, or hormone problems. While some women may lose their libido, they find that when and if sexually active their bodies are still very responsive and able to reach orgasm. Other women will experience a slowing of their physical responsiveness.
All the sex hormones play a role in sexual arousal and libido in Minneapolis. Loss of libido is a common complaint with both men and women and becomes more prevalent with age. Though libido is often related to low testosterone, less than half of women will recover their libido through testosterone therapy.

For most women with diminished sex drive, deficient testosterone is not the only problem. When testosterone deficiency is not the cause of low libido, other hormone deficiencies or imbalances must be explored. Low sex drive is often a combination of several hormone changes influencing sexual drive and responsiveness. This can include estrogen to progesterone imbalance, low thyroid hormone levels, or hyper or hypo function of the adrenal gland. Understanding the multiple hormones involved can help explain why a woman’s sexual responsiveness is so powerfully influenced by mood, energy, well-being, and other psychological mechanisms.
When returning to pre-menopausal levels, estrogen increases vaginal circulation, helping to restore the vaginal lining and increase lubrication and elasticity of the vaginal tissue; progesterone may help with uplifting mood factors and energy. Addressing adrenal fatigue can positively influence a woman’s desire to have sex. Sometimes it takes a little time and tweaking, but once the right balance of hormones is accomplished, most women experience a renewed sexual vitality. A hormonal imbalance may or may not contribute to any one woman’s low sex drive. But if a woman does have a hormonal cause for sexual dysfunction, treatment can include bioidentical hormone therapy with One Stop Wellness Clinic.


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Why Hormone Saliva Testing is better than Blood and Urine for Minnesotans


When deciding how to assess hormone levels it is important to do testing instead of guessing, and it is important to have ongoing testing and monitoring like One Stop Wellness Clinic in Minnesota does. Urine testing cannot measure progesterone directly, instead it just the metabolites of progesterone so it is not a sufficiently accurate tool for direct measurement for assessing deficiencies and subsequent treatment.

In addition, once a patient is started on a prescription of topical hormones the adjusted hormone levels cannot be accurately assessed through urine or blood — only saliva. This is because blood and urine will not show bioavailable hormone levels. Saliva, on the other hand, does reflect changes in hormone levels shown when a patient is on a topical hormone replacement and it is a proven method for adjusting and monitoring therapy. This is why we at, One Stop Wellness Center, tests estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol only in saliva. The only hormone not testing in saliva is a thyroid panel which is tested with a blood sample. Lastly, providers in Minneapolis who decide to use urine or blood testing will often find that it takes a long time to get prescription rates correct and existing symptoms continue while new symptoms may appear.


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Importance of the Hormone Cortisol and Testing in Minnesota


Your adrenal glands make cortisol, which impacts blood sugar levels, blood pressure, heart rate, and metabolism. The amount and daily pattern of cortisol production can influence how your body uses or stores fat. Cortisol is also important for controlling levels of inflammation throughout the body. The ideal cortisol pattern is elevated first thing in the morning, decreasing towards night time. Over time, continued stress disrupts the delicate balance of hormones, included how much and when cortisol is made and released.

Cortisol is commonly referred to as the “Stress Hormone”. It plays an important role in glucose metabolism, blood pressure regulation, insulin release, immune function and inflammatory response. Cortisol is designed to help the body respond to a stressful event. When the event passes, cortisol levels decrease. When your body is under constant stress, your nervous system never receives the signal to relax which can lead to other hormones going awry.

Long busy days and short nights of sleep send messages to the body that it is in a state of stress. We may be civilized, but our bodies are still ruled by primitive survival drives. The body begins to store fat as a response to the stress, so there are stores ready for a future event that threatens survival. Over a period of time with constant stress, the adrenal glands produce less and less cortisol. Without enough cortisol the body needs to find energy from somewhere else so our bodies crave sugar, caffeine, and other stimulants to counteract low cortisol levels and temporarily raise energy levels.

Some signs that cortisol and other hormone levels are out of balance might include: sugar cravings, difficulty sleeping, tired but wired, afternoon slump, headaches, or constantly stressed. However, proper hormone balancing can help the people in Minneapolis and St Paul lose weight, reduce moodiness, feeling more energetic, sleep better, and curb cravings. Come visit our One Stop Wellness Clinic in Edina, Minnesota and get your cortisol and other hormones balanced and tested today!


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