This is becoming more of a hot topic recently with the rise of anti-aging medicine. Hormone optimization therapy has many obvious benefits including relieving hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue and sleep disturbances in menopausal women but actually extends much further than this. While women’s hormones fluctuate readily it is important to note that it is their balance that maintains health not just their levels. Hormones involved in this network include Estrogen, Progesterone, DHEA, Pregnenolone and Testosterone and this may effect women of any age. This balance is typically responsible for the sense of well being, muscle and bone density, cardiovascular protection and even concentration and appropriate brain functioning. Studies are revealing estrogen deficiency plays a critical role in migraines and even neurologic diseases including Alzheimers. While this concern is often of women upwards of 50 years of age, women who are on oral contraception ‘the pill’ or implantable devices may too experience imbalance. Additionally, those with early hysterectomy and other procedures like tubal ligation may effect the way they body makes hormones. It is very important that these levels are in fact tested if such a medical history or symptoms exist. By addressing this issue early a great deal of benefit will come to both how you feel and what goes on beneath the surface.