Could you be suffering from hormonal imbalance?

“Night sweats, waking up at 3:00 in the morning peeling off my clothes, it’s cold outside and I just wanted to run outside. I thought I was losing my mind. I didn’t know what was going on with me. I just couldn’t live like that. So I told Dr. Harris my symptoms and he said that he had something that could help me. So I came and listened to a presentation and I was like ‘Sign me up!’ I trust him. I’ve been a patient of his for a long time. My children are patients of his, a couple friends are patients of his…and I believe in him. And I believe in what he stands for. I just trust him.” -Chaunte, 50 Many women when they reach a certain age, sometimes even starting in their upper 30’s, experience symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as hot flashes, night sweats, low libido, fatigue, and mood swings. In our society this is seen as something that just happens to women, and that there’s nothing to be done about it. It’s just part of being a woman and you must deal with it until it passes. In 10+ years. This does not have to be the case…these symptoms CAN be fixed! Women naturally produce certain levels of estrogen and testosterone, and when you are younger these hormones are in balance. As women age though, production of these hormones decreases which results in those uncomfortable symptoms…because your hormones are out of balance! At Horizons we use SottoPelle® Therapy, which is a natural, plant-based,  bio-identical pellet, that releases a steady flow of hormones to your... read more

The Pretty Pink Pill: The Female “Viagra”

As it has always been women’s rights, medical care, and pay have taken a back seat to the needs and wants of men. So it is no surprise that low libido (in women) would definitely not be a front runner for “cause of the year”. Most women that I deal with as a GYN see the issue as taboo or something that at the very least can’t be explored. Although I know that sexual desire and libido are much more complex than just giving a single pill to a woman the issue of hormone imbalance cannot be overlooked. Women are complex and unique, and must be approached in their intellect, emotions, as well as their body. So the idea that one pill will fix all is definitely a stretch. The sexually mature and expressive woman will need to know what touches, smells, and movements “light her fire” before she can expect to have her partner take her there. So although the hormones can play a huge part in the overall motivation the “sexually satisfying experience” may still need some practice to be achieved. Now what about this pill? Addyi (Flibanserin) “aka: Female Viagra” works in the brain by stimulating neurotransmitters dealing with dopamine and norepinephrine. In the study 100-mg taken daily increased satisfying sexual experiences (SSE) by 0.5 to 1 per month on average. About 25% of the women in the study increased by 4 or more SSE a month. [If you aren’t having any sex a jump of anywhere from once a month to once a week will be a welcome experience] To avoid the side effects of low... read more

5 Ways to say I LOVE YOU this V-DAY

Time is ticking and Saturday is the big day. The day to tell AND show the one you’re with that you love them. Like many of you, I used to STRONGLY DISLIKE V-Day. Candy, cards, teddy bears … blah blah blah. I would pray “Please let the day end without me getting a divorce!” Not that I didn’t love my hubby but to think about taking an entire day to elaborate on failed expectations didn’t need to be set aside. That was then and this is now. After 22 years of marriage, I am excited for Valentine Day. Like I said, it wasn’t always great (whose entire 22 years of marriage is!) but I have found a few of these pointers have helped. Here are 5 things you may want to consider if you are in the V-day doldrums: #1 Make sure your hormones are in check! Women and men both have hormones that affect the level of affection we have toward one another. If the levels are off then you will have to somehow FORCE your brain and body to “get back that lovin feelin!” It’s much better to have naturally occurring affections than to have to manufacture them. Get the hormones handled! #2 Manage your expectations. This can go both ways. If you NEVER have been the type for teddy bears and chocolates…surprise your partner with a little bear from Walgreens and a bag of M&M;s. Now that sounds crazy but if you partner doesn’t give gifts, those M&M’s may hold special value! On the flip side, if you are a gift giver, make sure you get... read more

A Wife’s Real Deal

The Great American Dream? After years of hard work, I had a wonderful life.  The dutiful husband, the healthy and accomplished kids, and an amazing career…just a really good life.  But of course all things were not as they appeared.  I knew who I was spiritually.  I knew who I was emotionally but I was physically challenged when it came to the most intimate part of my life. It was a nightmare! Since our last son was born 17 years ago (yes 17 years), the intimate part of my life DIED!  I didn’t know who killed it or even why–I just knew it was DEAD.  Imagine how challenging that was while trying to maintain a successful marriage.  The subject seemed to creep into everything we did and every conversation we had. Life was on edge to say the least.  “SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH ME,” is what I would say after the same discussion (argument) about intimacy came up.  I figured, “If my husband who is an excellent OB/GYN, who has mastered the inner workings of a woman can not help me, then this just must be the way it is.”  Very discouraged, I also tolerated night sweats and insomnia frequently for 15 years as well. Answers. After years of knowing that something was wrong with me, I had my hormones tested and discovered that my levels were really outside of the normal range. HALLELUJAH! I knew something was wrong with me! I knew I wasn’t banished to a life of celibacy. I knew I wanted to love but I could not. I knew I wasn’t crazy! I think of this like a person... read more

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