• Estrogen and Progesterone: A woman’s life can be explained by the fluctuations of two hormones, estrogen, and progesterone. When these hormones are in their normal balance a woman’s life is wonderful. When they are out of balance problems follow.
    • Testosterone: Testosterone is a steroid hormone that is produced by the body by both men and women. In men, primarily the testicles produce testosterone. It plays a major role in stimulating sperm production, sex drive, mood, muscles and bone mass, and cognition. Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal gland in women. In women, it plays a role in sex drive, mood, and muscle and bone mass as well.
    • Depression and Cortisol: Depression can be related to Cortisol, which is a chemical and neurotransmitter, which allows the transmission of signals from one nerve cell to another with the purpose of activating a receptor. They help modulate our mood, sleep, memory, learning, eating habits, sexual desire, concentration, and emotional well-being.

      Life Changes

    • Perimenopause: Perimenopause is a time in a woman’s life that usually occurs between age 35 and 48. Many changes occur in a woman’s body during perimenopause. The perimenopausal period can create instability in a woman’s life because the menstrual cycle affects all aspects of a woman’s physical, mental and emotional health.
    • Menopause: Menopause usually occurs between ages 48 and 52. The onset of hot flashes, extreme mood swings, insomnia, hair loss, uncontrollable weight gain, skin changes, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, the fear of osteoporosis, breast cancer, and heart disease all are a part of American women’s experience.

ComMon Conditions

    • PMS: PMS is a condition that affects over 80% of women in the United States but is undiagnosed by most physicians. Most physicians recognize the 5% of women who suffer from severe PMS. Severe depression, irritability, and mood swings during the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle can interfere with a woman’s ability to function at home and work.
    • Sexual Dysfunction: Sexual Dysfunction is not uncommon. It is not surprising that with so many stressors in life, many of us have very little desire or energy for sex.
    • Stress and Survival: Many of us face stress on a regular basis. It is difficult to maintain a stress-free life given the numerous demands and challenges that confront us each day.
    • Stress and Weight Gain: Chronic stress puts a tremendous strain on the body. Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels have been specifically linked to increased abdominal fat.
    • Thyroid Disorders: The primary job of thyroid hormones is to govern metabolism and energy production. Thyroid disorders are frequently missed by healthcare providers.
    • Vaginal Dryness and Pain: Vaginal dryness affects one in three menopausal women. Lack of vaginal moisture can have greatly impacted a woman’s sex life, self-confidence, and relationships.


    • Hormone Pellets: Bioidentical hormones can enhance vitality, muscle mass, and energy levels along with improving bone, brain, breast, and heart health. It can also improve focus memory, metabolism, libido while decreasing depression, anxiety, and weight gain.
    • Salivary Testing: Salivary testing, also called Saliva testing is the most accurate method to determine active steroid hormones (i.e. progesterone, estrogen, DHEA and testosterone) levels. It is much more precise and useful than blood or urine testing for measuring active hormone levels.

Interview: Dr. Eldred Taylor

Dr. Eldred Taylor, MD, is an expert in functional and anti-aging medicine and is President of the American Functional Medicine Association, a nonprofit which educates healthcare providers and the public on functional (wellness) medicine. He is the co-author of Are Your Hormones Making You Sick? and The Stress Connection. Dr. Taylor is also a sought-after radio and television personality who has been featured in local and national publications. 

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