Women’s Health: Balancing & Optimizing Your Hormones

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Women’s Health: Balancing & Optimizing Your Hormones
Next Health Staff
April 25, 2024

Medically reviewed by Next Health Clinical Director, Jessica Brewer

When it comes to women’s hormonal health, many of us know the basics: estrogen and progesterone work together to create a 28-day menstrual cycle every month (until menopause). In reality, there is so much more to it than that.

Estrogen and progesterone do not just send signals regarding reproductive health, they influence the health of a variety of body systems. In fact, hormones, in general, are more influential in regards to our health than they are often given credit for. Hormones are chemical messengers that are responsible for relaying critical information all throughout the body. They send signals regarding hunger, libido, sleep, and more.

Key Hormones & Their Roles


Estrogen is essential to a variety of body systems including the brain. Estrogen is known to perform a variety of tasks in the brain and is influential in motor control, learning, memory, and protection against strokes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Estrogen has also been shown to protect the health of your heart. Specifically, this hormone keeps tissues and blood vessels flexible, promotes healthy clotting, absorbs free radicals, maintains low blood pressure, and more. When estrogen levels decrease during menopause, women’s risk of cardiovascular increases. Research suggests that 44% of women over the age of 20 have some form of cardiovascular disease and by 60-70, 78.2% of women suffer from some form of this condition. Testosterone is equally as influential in heart health for men.

Although estrogen is thought to be associated with weight gain (because high levels of estrogen are associated with insulin resistance), it is actually involved with weight maintenance. More specifically, estrogen is responsible for the loss of visceral fat (fat surrounding organs, which is particularly harmful to your health).

Estrogen is involved with over 400 functions in the body. Other roles of estrogen include:

  • Temperature maintenance
  • Bone density
  • Collagen production
  • Serotonin and dopamine production (the “feel-good” hormone)


It is a common misconception that progesterone is really only involved with ovulation and pregnancy. Like estrogen, progesterone is involved in hundreds of bodily functions in the female body.

Progesterone protects the health of the brain as well as assists in preventing breast cancer. Progesterone is also needed to balance estrogen throughout the body. Therefore, healthy levels of progesterone are needed in order to avoid estrogen dominance, a condition in which the body has an excess of estrogen, which can cause mood swings, thyroid problems, painful periods, headaches, and more.


Another misconception about women’s hormonal health: women do not need testosterone. This could not be more false. Testosterone is very important for women and not just for sex drive. Testosterone helps protect against cancer, muscle deterioration, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative diseases.

It is important to note when testosterone exists at healthy levels, it does not cause hair loss or unwanted hair growth for women.

Declining Hormone Levels: What to Know

Starting around the age of 30, our hormone levels begin to decline. In fact, women lose approximately 50% of their testosterone per year starting between the ages of 20-40.

Because hormones are critical messengers that relay essential information to cells, when hormone function is not optimal, we do not feel our best. Many of the stereotypical signs of aging such as sluggishness, hair loss, low libido, and others are actually due to a decline in hormones.

Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance in women include:

  • Aging skin
  • Bone density loss
  • Dry / painful intercourse
  • Emotional reactivity and sensitivity
  • Depression
  • Frequent night urination
  • Hair thinning
  • Hot flashes / night sweats / day sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of libido
  • Loss of vitality
  • Weight gain unresponsive to diet and exercise
  • Nervousness / anxiety

If you experience any of the symptoms above it may be time to get your hormone levels tested. Next Health’s advanced hormone testing empowers you to take the guesswork out of your health optimization journey. You can even test from the comfort of your home with the Next Health Hormone Panel. This test is an Advanced Hormone Panel which includes sex hormones, thyroid hormone, vitamin D and Cortisol levels as they all play a crucial role in the evaluation of root cause of hormone deficiency.

How To Fix Hormonal Imbalance

Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to balance your hormones, alleviate unwanted symptoms, and feel fit at any age. Below are some of the most effective ways to optimize your hormone levels naturally:

Limit Toxin Exposure:

Although we live in an endocrine-disrupting society, there are ways to limit your exposure to hormone disruptors. Suggestions include:

  • Avoid cooking with non-stick pans and keeping your food in plastic containers
  • Minimize your use of fragrances and air fresheners (including cologne and body sprays that are made with chemicals and non-natural ingredients)
  • Avoid drinking and eating from cans
  • Filter your drinking and shower water
  • Swap dryer sheets for wool dryer balls
  • Avoid eating food/ beverages out of plastics, especially hot foods/ beverages
  • Look for clean beauty products: Products such as lipstick and others have been found to contain harmful substances including lead. Make sure you know what you're putting on and in your body.  

Exercise Regularly:

Exercise is excellent for endocrine health as it can help balance essential hormones such as cortisol, insulin, thyroid hormones, sex hormones, and more.

Prioritize Sleep:

Sleep is critical for hormonal health as it helps regulate hormones such as cortisol, the stress hormone, which modulates other hormones in the body.

Limit Stress:

It cannot be stressed enough- relaxation is vital to your overall health and well-being. Stress exacerbates nearly every health problem, including hormonal imbalances. Taking time out of your day to recharge is an incredibly valuable tool in your health optimization journey.

What Supplement Is Good For Balancing Hormones: 


Packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, a women's multivitamin provides the foundational support necessary for balanced hormone production and regulation. Key nutrients like vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc play crucial roles in hormone synthesis and metabolism, while antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium help protect cells from oxidative stress, promoting hormonal balance.

Vitamin C

As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps combat oxidative stress, which can disrupt hormone levels and contribute to hormonal imbalances. Moreover, vitamin C plays a crucial role in supporting adrenal gland function, which produces hormones involved in stress response and energy regulation.


B-complex vitamins, including B6, B12, and folate, play key roles in hormone synthesis, metabolism, and regulation. Vitamin B6, in particular, supports the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which influence mood and hormone balance. Additionally, B-complex vitamins help combat fatigue and support energy production, crucial for maintaining hormonal harmony throughout the menstrual cycle.

If you're looking for hormone-healthy supplements, visit our VITABOOM page that features supplement stacks curated by Next Health CEO & Founder, Dr. Darshan Shah. Every stack is designed to target specific health goals and optimize your overall well-being.

How To Cure Hormonal Imbalance In Females: 

Hormone Replacement Therapy

At Next Health, Hormone Optimization is a personalized journey available to both men and women. Our approach, crafted by a team of Functional Medicine Experts, goes beyond the one-size-fits-all prescription.

We're dedicated to assisting you in restoring and balancing your hormone levels, unlocking benefits such as improved energy, enhanced sleep, effortless weight maintenance, and a path towards enhanced longevity.

Your path to well-being is as unique as you are, and we're here to support your individual health goals.

Your journey It begins with testing your hormones through our Next Health Advanced Hormone Blood Test. The test is designed to detect hormone imbalances in both men and women.This comprehensive test serves as a prerequisite to join our Hormone Optimization Program, and allows both you and the physician to make a data-driven decision regarding the treatment plan that is best suited for you.

Are You A Good Candidate?

There are some false conceptions that hormone therapy is only for men who have declining testosterone values. This could not be further from the truth. Next Health’s Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be an excellent treatment for women. In total, hormone therapy may be able to assist with the following symptoms:

  • Hair thinning
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep troubles
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Loss of motivation and vitality
  • Reduced assertiveness
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Joint discomfort
  • Declining cognitive abilities

Above all else, anyone feeling the effects of aging may be a great candidate for Hormone Therapy that rejuvenates your overall sense of wellness. At Next Health, our medical and wellness experts can help you decide if this treatment is right for you as well as provide you with additional therapy options to ensure you feel optimized.

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