A good diagnosis: Key to treating hormonal disorders A good diagnosis: Key to treating hormonal disorders

The body and mind can be affected when women experience hormonal disorders. Take measures before it’s too late to prevent future complications.

Treatment depends on each woman and on what stage of life she is in. The onset of hormonal disorders must be treated with medical attention in order to prevent patients’ quality of life from being affected.

Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that control different functions. They are part of different metabolic, growth and developmental reproductive processes. When they are compromised, they can have negative consequences.

As Mónica Lotero Torres explains, OBGYN, there are certain physiological disorders that all women experience during two critical phases of life: their first menstruation and menopause.

Other conditions caused by hormonal disorders also exist, such as hyperprolactinemia: an increase in the hormone prolactin, whose main function is to produce breast milk after giving birth. A high level of this hormone is normal during pregnancy; but outside of pregnancy, it is a warning sign. Another very common condition, Lotero adds, is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). With PCOS, as testosterone levels increase, symptoms appear such as acne, increased hair growth, greater fat in the abdomen and metabolic syndrome (prediabetes and cholesterol problems).

According to Lotero, to get a diagnosis, it is important to use a medical approach that includes lab exams, ultrasounds and making sure that your gynecologist and endocrinologist have your medical history.

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