What Does It Mean To Have "Hormonal Symptoms"

Women report a variety of symptoms that are due to "hormonal symptoms."  Often these are symptoms gynos consider hormonal, and sometimes they are not likely hormonally mediated at all. Bleeding for increased days of your menstrual period can be due to the menopause transition and women can expect at least 10+ days of bleeding during this time according to a new study. Hormonal symptoms is also a term applied to a variety of circumstances, including symptoms caused by our natural hormones, a change in our natural hormones, or in the hormones we use to control our hormones with!If you think your symptoms are hormonal due to your contraception, changing the hormone type or delivery system can favorably impact your condition. But, it can be confusing to decide if switching will help. Often women will wonder if hormonal symptoms due to birth control pills can be controlled by switching to an IUD, even one with some hormones in it. Switching to a Mirena IUD will potentially control or conversely it may cause new hormonal symptoms. If suddenly you have gotten new symptoms of moodiness, breast soreness, acne, hair growth or libido changes, these symptoms may be due to a change in your hormones, and getting a medicated IUD can cause that. Conversely, if you have symptoms on the IUD, you may do better to remove it and begin oral contraceptive pills. Consulting your gyno is the best way to really determine if you have hormonal symptoms and whether you are likely to resolve these symptoms by therapy or method switch. A quick self test is to first ask your self are you ovulating. The majority of cycles of women on Mirena IUD or (LNG-IUD,standing for the progesterone component called levonorgestrel in the device) LNG-IUS are indeed ovulatory, and for some women cyclic pelvic discomfort is just the sensation of ovulation which didn't occur when you were on the birth control pill. And women ovulating will tend to have pretty  normal overall levels of hormone in their system. But some are not. If you are having new symptoms, or hormonal outbreaks, track your cycles. If you see that you are ovulating by temperature change or ovulation predictor kit then perhaps the mid cycle pains are nothing to worry about, you are ovulating. Another issue may be a change in bleeding pattern when first getting adjusted to a new hormonal method. Hormonal symptoms off all hormonal contraception is a different condition all together and really best handled by a visit! You may need blood testing of hormones, and often a simple visit can clear up the questions. We are accepting new patients at women's health practice, 217-356-3736.


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