If you've come to the realization that your hormones are out of whack, don't freak out. There's a lot you need to do for hormone maintenance — I prefer "maintenance" to "balance" — before you consider hormone replacement.
The very first step to keep in mind through this process is that there isn't one single fix-it. It's a journey, and your body is evolving. It's called aging. It can happen prematurely, or it can happen when it's supposed to happen.
It's the difference between living with illness to 75 or living vibrantly and with vitality to 95.
Which do you want?
Your body will never be the same from one day to the next… for the rest of your life, and that's OK. Before considering HRT, there are many things that you can do to balance your hormone profile.
Kick your sugar habit, including artificial sweeteners.
Of course, you should check with a doctor to determine what the best course of action is for you, but trying these techniques before you consider pharmaceuticals or bio-identicals can be worth it. Cleaning up your physical and mental environment is the first and on-going step for hormone maintenance; without it, any hormones you use won't be as effective as they could be.
I should note that I have nothing against hormone replacement and bio-identicals. In fact, through hormone maintenance and bio-identicals, I'm living my vibrant life again.