The main producers of sex hormones in female are the ovaries and adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two small, triangular-shaped glands that sit directly on top of the kidneys.
Female sex hormones include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
Every woman’s undertaking is different from one another. It is significant for a woman to know the levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in the stage of menopause. Once you become aware of your hormonal imbalance, you can take steps to have it restored.
Type 1: Ideal Menopause
This simply means you stop menstruating smoothly with a very mild symptoms or even without feeling any symptoms at all, because the levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are adequate.
Type 2: Low Testosterone
Here, the levels of estrogen and progesterone are adequate, but testosterone level is low. This is the time that women experience symptoms such as hot flashes, fatigue, mild depression and a little loss of libido, mood and memory.Wrinkles and sagging skin caused by weakening of muscles that even lead to a high risk of osteoporosis are seen under this. Because the 3 hormones have related functions, testosterone function when supported back to its normal condition, any dysfunctionalities of estrogen and progesterone are rapidly corrected.
Type 3:High Testosterone
In this type, both estrogen and progesterone are in adequate levels but testosterone is in a high level puts a woman to worry about. Generally excessive testosterone produce in the body is the reason of having oily skin and acne. Associated health risk in this type may include the inability to regulate blood sugar level and insulin resistance problem that leads to diabetes to heart disease and breast cancer.
Type 4: Low Estrogen
The adrenal glands, in this circumstance are unable to produce the estrogen hormones in the normal level. Although both progesterone and testosterone are adequate, there are alwayshealth risks such asdecrease in the sharpness of memory such as difficulty to remember names, some loss of sexual desire, the risk of having osteoporosis, acne and wrinkles, sagging breast, depression, stress incontinence etc., are some of them and can be frustrating.
Type 5: Low Estrogen, Low Testosterone
Inadequacy in both estrogen and testosterone but adequate progesterone levels can be troubling. It affects the mood which leads to lack on interest on doing things, even on important people around her. Women who are experiencing this circumstance tend to feel dull, witless and depressed, difficulty to learn and remembering things. Diminishing libido or sex drive and vaginal dryness can be devastating to a couple. And like types 2 and 4, the health risk isosteoporosis, heart disease and insulin resistance.
Type 6: Low Estrogen, High Testosterone
This type reveals an adequate level of progesterone but imbalances between estrogen and testosterone leads to difficulty focusing and remembering things, respectively. She may have the sex drive but she’s easily gets agitated that may affect intimacy. This is also associated with sleep disturbance that causes fatigue. Aside from having oily skin and acne as that in type 3, type 6 cancause “androgenic alopecia” or hair loss/ baldness and insulin resistance.
Type 7: Low Progesterone
Also referred to as “pregnancy hormone” because of its roles to maintain pregnancy ability, but as woman approaches aging, comes menopause, and decreasing level of progesterone puts an end to her reproductive cycle. The likelihood of osteoporosis, high blood pressure and anxiety disorders are at hand. It also linked to poor sleep at night, joint inflammation. Progesterone imbalance has a high risk of breast and uterine cancer and elevates the likelihood of heart problems.
Type 8: Low Progesterone, Low Testosterone
This is where the estrogen is in dominant position although in an adequate level. It may not be associated with difficulty in memory but it makes a woman more anxious. Low in both progesterone and testosterone leads to a sequence of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)and low blood insulin (insulinemia) which causes fatigue. It is linked to types 7 and 2 combined.
Type 9: Low Progesterone, HighTestosterone
Despite the adequate level of estrogen here, the result of low progesterone and high testosterone are anxiety disorders, sleep disorders with episodes of sleep apnea (interruption of breathing during sleep) and the highest risk of uterine cancer and hyperinsulinemia.
Type 10: Low Estrogen, Low Progesterone
This type reveals the deficiency of the 2 main hormones in a woman’s body. Like types 4 and 7, symptoms include hot flashes, fatigue, vaginal dryness and poor sleep. Struggles with memory problems, depression, futility and stress incontinence are more likely to experience. Osteoporosis and heart problems, too, because the low level of both main hormones may damage the bone mass and blood cholesterol.
Type 11: Low Estrogen, Low Progesterone, Low Testosterone
Menopause is seriously difficult when all hormones are deficient. Aside from the common symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and fatigue, there is also a lack of sexual drive which is likely to experience. The dryness and the thinning of the vagina wall makes the intercourse painful. Associated health risks are decrease in muscle mass, depression, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. There is also a high risk of insulin resistance and deregulation of blood sugar.
Type 12: Low Estrogen, Low Progesterone, High Testosterone
Types 3, 4 and 7 combined makes the type 12. Women under this type experience insulin resistance which when not treated, may lead to uterine and breast cancer. Although the high testosterone level may reduce the likelihood of osteoporosis, heart problems may not.
Whatever type a woman falls into, she should know the importance of having a balanced estrogen, progesterone and testosterone hormones in her body. We cannot stop the natural ageing of the body, but we must not let ourselves suffer the consequences of hormonal imbalances. As indicated again, onceeach hormone’s deficient level is supported to have it functioned normally, symptoms and risks may rapidly corrected. With the help of natural and effective treatments available around, alongside alternative medicine, we can find ways to live symptom-free.