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Can ipill cause hormonal imbalance that causes ovarian cyst? Can it also cause low level of progesterone level and high estrone level which is hormonal imbalance?

Dr. Usha Yadav 87% (318 ratings)
MS - Gynaecology, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gynaecologist, Varanasi
Can ipill cause hormonal imbalance that causes ovarian cyst? Can it also cause low level of progesterone level and hi...
No .not really. Given for v short period .so no such hormonal imbalance. Provided you use it as emergency contraceptive only. If you have become a habitual user of ipill .well you r harming yourself in many ways.
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This Is What Happens When You Suffer From Hormonal Imbalances

Dr. Nitin Sahu 89% (286 ratings)
MD - General Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Endocrinologist, Indore
This Is What Happens When You Suffer From Hormonal Imbalances

Every woman likes to look into the mirror and find not an extra strand of hair on her face, be it the upper lip or near the ears. While it is not uncommon for women to have hair on these and other areas, most women resort to multiple ways to get rid of this. The pattern of this unnecessary hair growth is very similar to the pattern seen in males normally.

This condition of excessive hair growth is known as hirsutism and can be caused by multiple causes, as listed below.

  1. Genetic or racial: While the European women have a more clean face that is free of hair, the Mediterranean and Indian women are highly likely to have more facial hair growth. There is also a strong family history relation, and it is hereditary.
  2. Androgens (testosterone): This is a male hormone, essential for the development of male sexual characters. Though it is present in very minute amounts in all women, in some, there could be higher than these minimal levels, leading to minor masculine characters, facial hair being one of them.
  3. Hormonal imbalances: There are multiple hormonal issues which can manifest as increased facial hair growth. The two most common ones include polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and adrenal conditions including tumours, Cushing's syndrome, and hyperplasia. In all these cases, there is increased amount of androgens, leading to excessive facial hair.
  4. Medication side effect: Some medications like testosterone, cyclosporine, anabolic steroids, and Minoxidil also lead to increased amounts of facial hair in women. Some other medications used to treat migraines, seizures, schizophrenia, and hypertension can also cause hirsutism. This is indirectly due to increased levels of male hormones in the system, producing these effects.
  5. Birth control pills: These also affect the hormone levels and lead to increased facial hair.
  6. Obesity: Most women with facial hair are also on the heavier side, and most people have a reduction in hair once weight is managed.

Treatment: The underlying cause should be treated for controlling hair growth. If there is an inducing medication, an alternative should be looked at. While hormone levels can be altered, in most cases, not much can be done. These need to be dealt with using one of the following methods - depilatory creams, waxing, plucking, shaving, laser reduction, electrolysis, and weight loss.

When reading through the above, it is obvious that a lot of causes for hirsutism point towards hormones. This also helps identify hormonal abnormalities in the earlier stages. This helps to identify hormonal disorders in their earlier stages, which are managed with lesser complications. The next time you feel there is more hair on your chin or cheeks, get your hormone levels checked.

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How Hormone Fluctuation Can Lead To Low Energy Levels?

Dr. Neeraj Garg 92% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Medicine, DM - Endocrinology
Endocrinologist, Zirakpur
How Hormone Fluctuation Can Lead To Low Energy Levels?

Hormones are powerful chemicals that help keep our bodies working normally. They stimulate, regulate, and control the function of various tissues and organs. Made by specialized groups of cells within structures called glands, hormones are involved in almost every biological process including sexual reproduction, growth, metabolism, and immune function. These glands, including the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, and testes, release various hormones into the body as needed. Hormones have an especially large impact on the energy levels and persistent and chronic fatigue sufferers have been shown to often have hormonal deficiencies.

Many women between the ages of 35 and 55 complain of low energy levels or extreme fatigue characterized by a rush of exhaustion and the feeling of the drain of energy. It prevents them from carrying out the simplest of everyday tasks.  Many say that they are tired throughout the day and find themselves craving for naps more often. 

When to consult a doctor?

Bloating, irritability, palpitations, mood swings, problems related to blood sugar, trouble concentrating, infertility, and fatigue are some of the most common symptoms of hormone imbalance. These compounds affect every cell and system in the body. Hormone imbalance can debilitate you. Some hormonal shifts are normal, like monthly fluctuations responsible for menstruation and ovulation or the changes that occur during pregnancy.

Menopause is another time for a normal hormonal shift in a woman's life. The other times, these fluctuations may be due to a medication or a medical condition. Though it isn't a disease in itself, fatigue is a condition that should not be overlooked because it is generally indicative of an underlying medical cause. Prolonged low energy level without any known reason immediately calls for an attention from a doctor.

Complications of fatigue: Infrequent and mild cases of fatigue can occur as a natural part of the hormonal changes associated with a woman's menstrual cycle. However, chronic fatigue caused by hormonal imbalance can interfere with the quality of a woman's life. In rare cases, when chronic fatigue is left untreated, it can lead to certain complications, which are more risky for a woman's emotional and mental health. These possible but uncommon complications of fatigue can include depression or a reduced reaction time and these conditions have some specific warning signs. Women who experience frequent symptoms of extreme fatigue that are interfering with their daily lives should be immediately treated.

Prevention of fatigue: There are many different things that a person suffering from fatigue can do to prevent and manage symptoms. While there is no one single cure for fatigue, there are changes that a person can make in his life, which will help to decrease the mental and physical effects of fatigue. Lifestyle changes are the first line of treatment available and are very important to treat fatigue. Focusing on diet, exercise, and following healthy habits can have a huge impact as well. In addition, right supplements can also help to keep the endocrine system in a good shape and therefore, help prevent or ease the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, which includes fatigue.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

I am taking dexona (desogestrel and ethinylestradiol tablets) to prepare my periods. Is it safe to take this tablets?

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 90% (4291 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
I am taking dexona (desogestrel and ethinylestradiol tablets) to prepare my periods. Is it safe to take this tablets?
Hormonal therapy have Soo many adverse effects for sure,,Soo it's not a good thing,,u need proper homoeopathic treatment to cure ur problem permanently
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I have PCOS and hypothyroidism. I am currently on thyroxine 125 mcg. For regulating my periods, I'm taking Dronis 30 for the last 8 months or so. Prior to that, I used to take regestrone every month for 3 days to get my periods, but on consulting doctor she recommended switching to dronis30 tablets. I want to know till when I should continue taking these tablets. I have been having indigestion issues ever since I switched to dronis30. Also, for past few months, I've been getting recurrent headaches. I suspect it could be because of dronis 30 as well. (I got my eyesight tested and that is not the cause). Can I switch back to the 3-day regestrone routine? Please advise. Thanks.

Dr. Nidhi Gandhi Chandak 95% (58 ratings)
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.), M.D Obsterics and Gynaecology, Diploma in Reproductive Medicine (Germany)
Gynaecologist, Nagpur
I have PCOS and hypothyroidism. I am currently on thyroxine 125 mcg. For regulating my periods, I'm taking Dronis 30 ...
Taking hormones for a long time won't suffice. please concentrate on your diet .try reducing 10 kgs of weight. It vl automatically takle your hypothyroidism and pcod issues. U need to undergo full hormonal evaluation. U can get in touch with me for further queries.
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I have a problem of hormonal imbalances. I consulted a gym. She said to have weight loss. I am nt virgin too. Cn you help me to have something for vagina tightening and weight control.

Dt. Supriti Dixit 91% (44 ratings)
Master- Dietetics with Distinction
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
I have a problem of hormonal imbalances. I consulted a gym. She said to have weight loss. I am nt virgin too. Cn you ...
It will be really helpful, if you can mention what exact hormonal problem you are facing, so can guide you in terms of diet. Please contact me through mail for further guidance. For your height, your are ideal weight. So no need to lose weight. Regarding other issue, diet will not help you. You need to consult Gynaecologist.
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Thinning Of Hair: Should You Get Your Hormones Checked?

Dr. Aastha Gupta 90% (116 ratings)
MBBS, MD - General Medicine, Certification In Diabetes
Endocrinologist, Delhi
Thinning Of Hair: Should You Get Your Hormones Checked?

Thinning hair, noticeable bald spots, large clumps of hair in the hairbrush or shower drain are indications of hair loss. This loss of hair is an effect of hormonal imbalance.

Have You Seen these Signs of Hair Loss?

  • A widening part of the scalp
  • A ponytail becomes noticeably thinner
  • Large clumps of hair in the hairbrush or shower drain and on your pillow after a night’s sleep

Why does it happen?

  1. Play of Hormones: Hormonal imbalance is seen in women during menopause, perimenopause, pregnancy, and in endocrine disorders, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Progesterone and estrogen are two important female hormones. Progesterone keeps a check on estrogen levels. When progesterone levels are too low, it leads to a state of hyperestrogenism which triggers excessive hair shedding and hair loss. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a potent form of testosterone that normally leads to hair loss. Women, who produce high levels of male hormones (androgens), have increased testosterone levels which can convert to DHT, leading to hair loss.
  2. Stress: When a woman experiences any stressful condition, her adrenal glands increase the release of cortisol (stress hormone). This leads to secretion of adrenaline which leads to increased levels of testosterone and DHT.
  3. Under or over performing thyroid: An overactive thyroid and lack of sufficient parathyroid hormone can also result in thinning of hair. Accompanying symptoms are fatigue, unexplained weight gain, aching joints, constipation, dry skin, feeling cold all the time, and poor sleep.
  4. Pregnancy and childbirth: Pregnancy and childbirth change a woman’s hormonal balance and can result in hair loss. Therefore, it is normal for postpartum mothers to experience thinning of the hair and even bald patches. Such hair loss is temporary and heals itself within several months.
  5. Menopause: Menopause also leads to hair loss. During menopause, a woman’s estrogen levels fall and are no longer in balance with DHT levels. This low estrogen level and high DHT lead to hair loss.
  6. Nutrient deficiencies: Low levels of certain nutrients within the body, for example, vitamins A, E, and iron may result in hair loss.

How Can You Help Yourself? 

  1. Consume omega 3-fatty acids: Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are kinds of essential fatty acids (EFAs). They increase hair growth. Sources are walnuts, flax seeds, cold-water fish, such as salmon, sardines, herring, and mackerel.
  2. Get plenty of sleep: Lack of sleep causes increased stress levels, higher production of cortisol, and ultimately hair loss. Good amount of sleep will lead to harmonious functioning of the body.
  3. Take dietary and hair supplements to prevent hair loss: Certain supplements can help minimize the production of DHT, prevent DHT from binding to hair follicles, or stimulate inactive follicles to encourage hair growth.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Can hormonal imbalance gets fine by taking medicine? I have too high free and total testosterone value its almost 145.

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 90% (4291 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Can hormonal imbalance gets fine by taking medicine?
I have too high free and total testosterone value its almost 145.
Yes u have to do regular exercise,,take zinc and folic acid supplement,,take high protein diet,,with this u need proper homoeopathic treatment to cure ur hormonal disorder,,with medicine u need to do regular exercise
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The Real Reason You Are Gaining Weight As You Get Older!

Dt. Ashfa Shaikh 91% (19 ratings)
B.Sc - Home Science, - SNDT Women's University, Mumbai
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Thane
The Real Reason You Are Gaining Weight As You Get Older!

It’s frustrating to see that though there is little change in diet, weight gain becomes normal as we get older. ‘Tyres’ around the tummy and heavy hips are often seen as a sign of being middle aged. There are many reasons for this change in the rate of weight gain. Some of them are:

  1. Lower metabolic rate: As children and teenagers, the body is constantly growing and changing and hence has a high metabolic rate. Metabolic rate refers to the speed with which fat is burned to produce energy. After the age of 30, this metabolic rate naturally slows down and fewer calories are burned. This leads to the accumulation of fat. The only way to boost your metabolic rate and burn fat is by exercising.

  2. Less muscle mass: With age, the muscles in the body also begin to shrink. Thus, instead of forming muscle, fat cells are formed as a result of digestion. When comparing muscles and fat cells, the former burn more calories and hence when they are unavailable, the rate of burning calories is lowered leading to weight gain.

  3. Weight gain in menopause: When it comes to women, menopause is another trigger for weight gain. This is because, this condition is marked by hormonal imbalances. This leads to a sudden drop in estrogen levels that triggers a response in the body to draw out more estrogen from the fat cells. Ultimately, this leads to the formation of more fat. Men too can suffer from hormonal imbalances as they age. This is seen by a drop in testosterone levels that leads to abdominal weight gain.

  4. Sedentary lifestyle: As we get older, our lifestyle turns more sedentary. A sedentary lifestyle is very unhealthy and leads to not only weight gain, but a number of other problems as well. Without regular exercise, the body’s existing metabolic rate further reduces leading to accumulation of fat cells. To combat this, take half an hour out of your schedule every day to go for a walk, cycle or practice any form of exercise.

  5. Stress: Stress not only affects your psychological health, but your physical well-being as well. Being under pressure or anxious can increase the cortisol levels in the body. This creates hunger pangs that lead to unhealthy snacking. When eating in a stressful condition, little or no attention is paid to the food being eaten or the messages your body is trying to give you. This often results in overeating that causes weight gain.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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