Around 80 percent of women in the United States alone suffer from some kind of hormonal imbalance. Men also commonly suffer from hormonal imbalances, and many don’t even know that they have them. In fact, about 39 percent of men ages 45 and older have low testosterone levels. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can treat this problem.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has proven to be one of the most useful methods. Take a look below and learn more about how to recognize the symptoms of hormonal imbalances and what you can do to address them.
What is Hormone Therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has to do with providing the body with the hormones it lacks. When your body isn’t producing enough of the right hormones due to a hormonal imbalance, a variety of negative things could happen. More than that, suffering from a long-term hormonal imbalance can be quite dangerous for your health.
Whatever the case may be, HRT can make sure that your body has all the hormones it needs to function properly. There are many different forms of hormone replacement therapy, as well as many different HRT delivery methods. Choosing the right type is important as it will help correct whatever hormone you may be deficient in.
How can you know if you have a hormonal imbalance in the first place?
A hormonal imbalance can occur in any of the many hormones in your body. More often than not, it has to do with sex hormones. The main sex hormone in men is testosterone. If a man is not able to produce enough testosterone, health problems may occur.
In women, the main sex hormones are estrogen and progesterone, as well as testosterone. If these hormones fluctuate in some major way, the woman may experience a variety of symptoms.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Women
In women, the symptoms are often vast and varied–commonly impacting women during perimenopause and menopause. However, hormone imbalance in women can happen at any age. These are some of the symptoms women may experience:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Hair loss or thinning
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood Swings
- Irregular periods
- Brain fog
- Weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
- Low energy
- Low libido
- Fatigue, difficulty concentrating
- Sleep disturbances & fatigue
- Urinary urgency
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Men
In men, hormone imbalances are generally caused by low testosterone. Symptoms of hormone imbalance in men often begin in mid-life but may occur earlier in life too. These are just a short list of the symptoms men may experience:
- Low Sex Drive
- Difficultly Achieving or Maintaining an Erection
- Low Energy
- Weight Gain
- Muscle Mass Loss
- Hair Loss
- Bone Mass Loss
- Brain Fog
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Memory Loss
How Is Hormonal Imbalance Diagnosed?
During a consultation, our practitioners will assess your lab results, medical history, and symptoms to determine whether or not you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance.
At Lighthouse Medical Center, each practitioner is expertly trained in hormone health and developing treatment plans that are tailored to each individual patient. Your symptoms, lifestyle, and health goals will be reviewed to help you achieve real, lasting balance.
If you are tired of suffering from symptoms of hormone balance such as fatigue, low sex drive, irritability, anxiety, poor sleep, and more, schedule your appointment with us.
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