Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC
Anu Kothari, MD
Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Hicksville, NY
As you get older, the production of estrogen and progesterone decreases. Though a normal part of your aging process, the hormonal imbalance may affect your physical and emotional well-being. If you’re not feeling like your usual self. you may benefit from a hormonal imbalance consultation with Anu Kothari, MD, FACOG, and the team at Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, in Hicksville, New York. Call the office or book your consultation online today.
Hormonal Imbalance Consultation Q & A
What is a hormonal imbalance?
Hormones are substances that the endocrine glands make that direct many body functions, such as heart rate, digestion, and the reproductive system.
A hormonal imbalance refers to any irregularities in hormone production.
As women get older and approach menopause, the production of hormones — estrogen and progesterone — declines. Produced by your ovaries, these hormones regulate your menstrual cycle, help build bone, and aid in controlling blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. Testosterone also declines in women with age.
Changes in the production of estrogen and progesterone hormones may start in your 30s or 40s, and continue to fluctuate and decline, a transitional period known as perimenopause, until you reach menopause.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a gynecological condition that occurs from a hormonal imbalance. Women with PCOS have ovaries that produce higher amounts of testosterone, which affects ovulation and may lead to infertility.
When should I schedule a hormonal imbalance consultation?
You should schedule a hormonal imbalance consultation at Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, if you have any of the symptoms associated with perimenopause or menopause, such as:
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty losing weight
- Mood swings
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain during intercourse
The women’s health experts also specialize in diagnosing and treating PCOS. If you have a menstrual irregularity or you’re struggling with infertility, the team can help.
What can I expect during a hormonal imbalance consultation?
The Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, team takes a patient-centered approach to care. You can expect a personalized and comprehensive exam when you come in for a hormonal imbalance consultation.
Your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, menstrual cycle, gynecological history, medical history, and family history. They complete a physical and pelvic exam and run lab work to check your blood hormone levels.
What happens after my hormonal imbalance consultation?
After your hormonal imbalance consultation, your women’s health expert spends time talking to you about your hormonal imbalance and how it affects your physical and emotional well-being.
The team takes a holistic approach to health and may first recommend lifestyle changes to help manage your symptoms, such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and establishing a healthy sleep routine.
For women struggling with moderate to severe hormonal imbalance symptoms because of menopause, the team may recommend:
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Vaginal estrogen
- Low-dose antidepressants
- Gabapentin or clonidine for hot flashes
- Vaginal lubricants
The team spends time talking to you about your treatment options and helps you devise a plan that eases your symptoms and improves your health.
Call Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, or schedule your hormonal imbalance consultation online today.