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Hormonal Imbalance Specialist

Shamsah Amersi, MD -  - OB-GYN

Shamsah Amersi, MD

OB-GYN located in Santa Monica, CA

Shamsah Amersi, MD, helps her patients from across the Greater Los Angeles area to treat hormone imbalances from her welcoming practice in Santa Monica, California. To learn more about hormone imbalance, call the office or request an appointment using the online booking tool.

Hormone Imbalance

What is a hormone imbalance?

Hormones are the chemicals in the body that control major bodily functions ranging from digestion and hunger to reproduction and emotions. Hormones are created by different glands in the body and are responsible for normal body function.

Sometimes an imbalance occurs when one of the glands doesn’t work properly. This can be due to a change in life, such as menopause or a medical condition like hypothyroidism. When a woman’s hormone levels are too high or too low, her body will not work properly and she will experience an array of symptoms.

What are symptoms of a hormone imbalance?

There are many symptoms that are related to hormone imbalances, including:

  • Anxiety, irritability, and depression - Anxiety and depression are clues that you have an imbalance, toxicity, are overworked, stressed out, and most likely aren't nourishing your body the way it needs.
  • Belly fat and loss of muscle mass - An underproduction of certain hormones and an overproduction of others that makes your body store fat for future use, making an increase in belly fat a clue to adrenal fatigue.
  • Fatigue - Feeling sluggish, scattered, or mentally foggy.
  • Insomnia and poor sleep patterns
  • Low libido - One of the most noticeable symptoms of hormonal imbalance is low libido, which starts with disturbed sleep. Without quality sleep, sex hormone production can diminish.
  • Persistent weight gain – Many people have underlying hormonal imbalances that make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

Many of these symptoms are easy to ignore or dismiss. If you feel that your life is negatively affected or if you or a loved one have noticed a change in your body, demeanor, or health, it is a good idea to see a medical professional for a checkup. 

How are hormone imbalances treated?

Dr. Amersi performs a thorough assessment and hormone screening to diagnose a suspected hormone imbalance and to determine the best course of treatment. After identifying the specific issue, she will address a patient’s hormone imbalance using methods tailored to the exact nature of the individual’s imbalance.

In some instances, such as menopause, hormone replacement therapy can be recommended. In other instances, lifestyle changes and increased or decreased activity levels will be all that is required. Other conditions may require a prescription for synthetic hormones. 

If you are undergoing any premenopausal symptoms or symptoms related to weight gain, insomnia, or increased acne, Dr. Amersi can identify what is causing the imbalance and prescribe a regimen or therapy to restore hormonal balance. 

Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

Regardless of age, a woman's hormones all work together like a symphony; if one part of the orchestra is not functioning properly, then the melody you produce is out of tune. Signs of hormonal imbalance in women are a very real quality of life issue.

All women need to be aware of these signs of hormone imbalance. Over the last 100 years, as we have doubled our life expectancy, the soft tissue glands which create our hormones are being forced to produce them longer than ever. Our increasingly stressful lives, worsening nutrition, and lack of proper fitness combine to result in declining levels of hormones in our bodies.

With Hormonal Imbalance - Awareness is Key. Even when only one unbalanced hormone is present, it may result in the following hormonal imbalance symptoms in women.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women:

  • *infertility
  • *cystic acne
  • *painful sex
  • hot flashes and night sweats
  • pos
  • weight gain
  • mood changes
  • insomnia
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • endometriosis
  • low libido
  • vaginal dryness
  • foggy memory
  • premature aging
  • premature ovarian failure

That beautiful, tuned melody that we look for is your optimal health, free from premenopause symptoms and menopausal symptoms. Women with balanced hormones integrated with proper nutrition and fitness can have a better quality of life as they age. 

What are the most common hormone imbalances?

There are many reasons you can experience hormone imbalance, such as:

Estrogen dominance

Estrogen dominance occurs when your levels of estrogen are much higher than your progesterone levels. Stress, obesity, and exposure to man-made chemicals can all increase your estrogen levels, leading to heavy uterine bleeding, cramps, migraines, breast tenderness, and many other uncomfortable symptoms.

Thyroid hormone imbalance

The thyroid gland produces hormones that help regulate your mood, weight, temperature, and many other bodily functions. If your thyroid makes too much or too little of these hormones, you can experience uncomfortable symptoms like weight gain or loss, fatigue, or insomnia.

Low testosterone

As a woman, you need a healthy balance of estrogen and testosterone to function properly. If your body produces too much estrogen, you can experience low levels of testosterone. Stress, obesity, and consuming too much alcohol all cause low testosterone.

Cortisol imbalance

Your adrenal glands produce a hormone called cortisol, which your body often releases during times of stress. Too much cortisol in your system can lead to weight gain, fatigue, and increased cravings.

Insulin imbalance

Insulin is a hormone that your pancreas makes to manage your sugar levels. A combination of stress and a sugar-heavy diet can cause an insulin imbalance that raises your risk of headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, and increased sweating.

There is Relief

The symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women can indicate any one of the conditions of menopause and her ugly sisters (perimenopause and postmenopause), surgical menopause, thyroid health, and adrenal fatigue. But regardless of condition, these symptoms could mean that you have a hormone imbalance. 

If you are experiencing these symptoms, getting tested by a highly trained bioidentical hormone doctor in order to discover the current levels of your hormones, could be the solution you have been seeking.

Once we know your results, we can find that beautiful melody and relieve you of premenopause symptoms and menopausal symptoms; you do not have to live with them! You will be healthier, happier, and free to enjoy your life without the inconvenience and frustration of symptoms resulting from premenopause, menopause, or any of the others.

Depending on your hormone imbalance, Dr. Amersi can recommend specific diet and lifestyle changes for you. If you have a sex hormone imbalance, such as excess estrogen, an estrogen detox diet that includes flaxseeds and cruciferous vegetables may be right for you.

Lowering your stress levels through meditation, proper sleep, exercise, and supplements can also help rebalance your hormones.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment and learn more about how hormone therapy can relieve the menopausal symptoms and perimenopause symptoms associated with natural hormonal imbalance for women.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept only PPO insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Health Net