Why am I always tired?
Can Hormones make you tired?
Fatigue, despite a full night’s sleep, is frequently a symptom of hormonal imbalance. Not simply the female hormones, but often the adrenal hormones and thyroid hormones are contributors to fatigue. The endocrine system, especially the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis (HPA axis) are best imagined as a finely tuned orchestra. One instrument out of tune can ruin the symphony.
It may not be one singular hormone; in fact, most of the time it is about the bigger picture of the entire system. Your solution: Test, evaluate, and treat. In my experience, most hormonal issues can respond to the body’s healing successfully in 90-120 days.
Signs and Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
- Fibroid Tumors
- Loss of sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
- Anxiety for no reason
- Loss of Bladder control
- Irregular periods
- Weight gain
- Ovarian cysts
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Loss of energy
- Decreased strength
- Joint pains
- Dry skin
- Sleeping difficulties
- Thinning hair
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Loss of breast fullness
- Frequent urination
“I have had great results with Dr. Mayfield’s natural hormone replacement therapy both during menopause and after my hysterectomy.”*
Using state-of-the-art urine testing to assess your unique hormonal needs determines the best course of treatment. Your hormone levels will be monitored closely to ensure that optimal balance is maintained.
The DUTCH test was created to provide insight into many of these concerns, working to deliver the most complete assessment of sex and adrenal hormones, along with their metabolites, in one easy to administer test. No blood to draw, spitting in tubes or filling up jugs of urine. This dried urine collection process is great for baseline measurements of women with hormonal imbalances and for Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) monitoring.
How to Treat Hormones Naturally
Most conventional doctors still tell women that menopause — and all menopause and pre-menopause symptoms — result from a drop in estrogen production. In their view, the solution is estrogen supplementation, or HRT, usually with synthetic hormones. You’ve heard of them – Premarin, Vivelle, Progestin, Birth Control Pills of all kinds.
In contrast, many alternative practitioners believe that women have too much estrogen, leading to a condition known as “estrogen dominance.” The late healthcare pioneer Dr. John Lee, utilizing the scientific work from Dr. Ray Peat, broke new ground when he claimed that estrogen dominance was the real cause of menopause and perimenopause symptoms, especially in younger women. In his view, the obvious solution was to rebalance the ratio of estrogen to progesterone through progesterone supplementation.
This idea led to the marketing of hundreds of progesterone creams designed to boost progesterone — all promising a quick fix and miraculous results in curing menopausal and perimenopause symptoms. It’s just not that simple.
Unfortunately, both of these views are simplistic and misleading for women, because they overlook how dynamic all your hormones are — including DHEA, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. And they don’t take into consideration the thyroid, adrenal, pituitary glands, nor the hypothalamus.
I am well-versed in supporting the body’s natural hormonal balance. In fact, I TEACH OTHER DOCTORS Continuing Education classes in this very subject. As a female, I can relate with many of your symptoms and issues. I will never tell you it’s all in your head.
The Art of Healing
When we think of hormones, we typically are thinking about gender hormones.
While a few might struggle with knowing which gender to identify with, most of us struggle with identifying our selves within society.
What does it mean for a woman to be feminine while maintaining boundaries and strength that might not have been modeled for her?
How do men express masculinity in a world that is questioning their every move? As women change, men also must change, and no one knows the rules now. All of this affects your hormone levels physiologically.
The Science of Healing
It’s not so easy to balance hormones these days.
It’s certainly not as simple as some websites can lead you to believe.
Test thoroughly. Treat appropriately. Test again.
Modern test technologies allow us to track your hormones through their cascade through your body. This gives us information to truly find where the problem lies.
As a female natural doctor, I am here to let you know that you are NOT going crazy, that these annoying symptoms are quite real and can respond to care successfully.
“I highly recommend Dr. Mayfield. Following a complete hysterectomy, the hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue continued to escalate. Thanks to Dr. Mayfield, I am feeling much better – all done naturally with no nasty side effects. She knows her stuff and I am grateful for her holistic practice.”*
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