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Understanding Hormones

A Hormone Guide From Our San Diego Naturopathic Doctors

You may know that hormones play an important role in your overall health, but figuring out exactly how they work in your body and which hormones are responsible for what can be confusing. The California-licensed Naturopathic Doctors at Oasis Hormone Therapy and Wellness Center in San Diego are dedicated to helping patients find better health through hormone balancing. Keep reading to learn more about how your hormones work.

What Are Hormones?

The human body is an amazing symphony of different biological systems working together to keep you moving, breathing, circulating blood, processing nutrients, and functioning in hundreds of different ways. The endocrine system can be seen as the conductor of this masterpiece. Your endocrine system consists of a variety of glands that produce substances called hormones. Each hormone has a specific job and they all travel through the bloodstream to get to work.

Impact of Hormones on Health

Hormones send messages to tissues and organs to tell them what to do. For example, you may have heard of melatonin because synthetic melatonin is a widely available supplement to support sleep. Melatonin is created naturally in your body by the pineal gland, which is located in your brain, and its job is to signal to the body when it is time to sleep and when it is time to wake. 

Dr. Leverone specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for individuals who need hormonal support to get relief from symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, hot flashes, and digestive issues. BHRT often focuses on these key hormones:

Estrogen is considered a female sex hormone, but it plays a critical role in maintaining healthy bones and joints, as well as youthful hair and skin. It also supports brain function, influences moods, and helps control cholesterol.1 Men can benefit from balanced amounts of estrogen. Low estrogen can cause low libido, insomnia, hot flashes, mood swings, and dry skin.

Testosterone is a sex hormone that is found in both sexes, although in much higher amounts for men. Testosterone is important for libido, sexual function, bone density, and muscle strength; low testosterone can lead to hair loss, infertility, fatigue, and low libido.

Progesterone is essential for a woman’s reproductive function and a healthy menstrual cycle. It also plays a part in balancing estrogen and regulating moods and sleep. Low levels of progesterone can cause low libido, painful menstrual cycles, weight gain, and gallbladder issues.3 Restoring progesterone balance can significantly improve overall energy and well-being.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
DHEA is the highest circulating steroid that is naturally produced by the human body.4 As a precursor hormone, DHEA helps the body create other hormones. Since DHEA production gradually slows with age, some experts believe that DHEA supplementation can be the key to looking and feeling more youthful. Low levels of DHEA may cause fatigue, weight gain, and mood swings. 

What is a Hormonal Imbalance?

A hormonal imbalance can occur when your body produces too much or too little of one or more hormones. There are over 50 different types of hormones in the body, which can be influenced by stress, illness, medication, and lifestyle changes. A temporary hormone imbalance may have mild or short-lived symptoms, but a systemic hormone imbalance can have a negative effect on your overall quality of life. Chronic hormonal imbalance can be caused by genetics, menopause, aging, or environmental pollution with endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Changes
  • Low sex drive
  • Mood changes
  • Insomnia
  • Hot flashes
  • Changes in hair and skin
  • Changes in appetite or digestion

Dr. Brooke is my go to for all things health and hormonal related. She’s kind, thorough and always understands exactly what’s needed to bring me back into balance. As I grow older, I’m so grateful I get to do so with her by my side!

Bringing Hormones Back in Balance

If you suspect that you have a hormonal imbalance, it is key to see a licensed professional with the expertise to properly diagnose and treat your symptoms. Our doctors specialize in hormone balancing treatments and we use advanced diagnostic testing to pinpoint the underlying cause of hormonal imbalances. We can create a personalized plan based on your unique hormone levels—we never rely on one-size-fits-all treatments.  

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) is a hormone balancing method that utilizes custom-compounded hormones from plant sources. These naturally derived supplemental hormones are biologically identical to the ones produced by the human body.5 In addition to BHRT, our team can also design a customized plan for nutrition and lifestyle changes to support balanced hormones.

Contact Oasis Hormone Therapy and Wellness Center for Hormone Balancing in La Jolla

Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of how your hormones may be working for or against you? Are you experiencing fatigue, weight gain, or menopause symptoms that could be due to a hormonal imbalance? Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our La Jolla office or a virtual appointment.

How It Works

We pride ourselves on our unique approach to patient care, tailored to ensure your success. Begin your journey with us by scheduling a complimentary 15-minute discovery call to explore our methods and determine if we’re the right fit for your wellness goals.

Meet with one of our doctors for a 60-minute session to discuss your health history and goals. Together, we’ll map out a personalized plan tailored just for you.

Embark on your unique path to wellness with our dedicated team supporting you every step of the way. Your journey to better health begins here.

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After completing your tailored program, you’ll be equipped with the tools to sustain your health journey. Rest assured, we’re committed to standing by your side, supporting you through every life stage and change.

1  Endocrine Society | Hormone Health Network. What is Estrogen? Available: Accessed June 17, 2020.

2 Endocrine Society | Hormone Health Network. Testosterone and androgens.  Available: Accessed June 17, 2020.

3 Endocrine Society | Hormone Health Network. Progesterone and Progestins. Available:  Accessed June 17, 2020.

4 Endocrine Society | Hormone Health Network. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Available: Accessed June 17, 2020.

5 Romero M. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy – customizing care for perimenopausal and menopausal women. Advance for Nurse Practitioners. 2002; 10(11:47-52)