What is Hormone Imbalance?
Hormones are the natural way your body sends chemical messages… You can think of them as ‘chemical messengers’.
Hormones are produced in the endocrine glands. Once produced, they travel through your bloodstream informing your organs and tissue what to do. Among their many tasks, hormones play a significant role in tissue growth, regulating your metabolism and supporting reproductive health.
Simply put, a hormone imbalance means you have too much or too little of a certain hormone. Given the vast responsibility hormones have in supporting your overall health, even minor changes in the delicate balance of your hormones can cause significant symptoms.
In virtually everyones life, men and women, there are points at which imbalance happens.
As we age, our hormone levels naturally change. The impact of these changes tend to be felt more in adults between the ages of 40-60. While this is common and natural the effects of hormone imbalance do not need to effect your quality of life.
Common Symptoms Associated with Hormone Imbalance
Due to your hormones playing a critical role in your overall health, there are varying ways (symptoms) in which an imbalance can present itself. Often your symptoms can indicate to a trained physician what hormones or glands are not performing as they should. There are also readily available tests which can confirm the hard data behind your hormone imbalance.
Often times, the most common hormonal conditions which affect both men and women are: signs or symptoms:
- unwanted weight gain
- unwanted weight loss or other frequent fluctuations
- brain fog, constant tiredness and/or fatigue
- general weakness or muscle weakness
- joint and ligament tenderness, pain or discomfort
- stiffness or swelling in joints
- decreased sex drive
- emotional wellbeing such as depression, anxiety, irritability or malaise
- changes to your hair such as thinning or brittle hair
- changes to your skin such as dry skin
These symptoms are potential indications but not necessarily directly indicative of hormonal imbalance.
HRT Is Often Called Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), is another common term for HRT, you may even hear the term “natural hormone therapy”. This is because the hormones which are used in the therapy are molecularly identical with endogenous hormones the body produces naturally.
Hormone Therapy for Women
What Is HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) represent treatments which replace and/or support the production of hormones which the body is not making enough of or at all.
Very often, menopause is a driving force behind hormone changes which can lead to symptoms of unwanted weight gain, tiredness, fatigue, joint pain and more. Due to the benefits that hormone replacement therapy can have in supporting those experiencing the symptoms of menopause, there is a specific field of study around Menopausal Hormone Therapy.
HRT is beneficial in supporting the reduction of many symptoms, however it also can be used to lessen the risk of such conditions as heart disease, bone disease and osteoporosis.
The Many Benefits of HRT
Menopause begins when a woman’s ovaries cease to produce produce as much estrogen and progesterone as they once did. Often the decrease in production is significant and leads to very uncomfortable symptoms which can include:
- Vaginal dryness (which can cause significant irritation)
- Not enjoying intercourse because vaginal pain
- Hot flashes and uncontrollable sweating
- Emotional wellbeing changes
- Sleeping disorders
HRT is designed to replace the hormones which are lost due to menopause and thus can significantly reduce the symptoms above, or even virtually eliminate them. HTR also supports healthy bone density and will encourage a woman’s body to efficiently process calcium.
Not everyone is right for HRT, fortunately there are other options for care for women experiencing the symptoms of menopause such as peptides. Our objective is to ensure we get you the care you need and deserve, the best way to begin the process is to speak with one of our highly qualified team members about what options may exist for you.
What Women Are Not Candidates for HRT
Women who have ever had a history of the following would not be candidates for HRT, however there are other options our providers can speak with you about:
- History of cancer, in particular breast, colorectal, uterine or other cancers
- History of blood clotting
- Any form of liver disease
- Heart disease, which could include coronary heart disease, or especially women with vasomotor symptoms
Women who are currently pregnant or are not experiencing menopause would not be encouraged to undergo HRT.
How HRT Administered
Often you will hear the term “bio-identical hormones” this is because the medication the patient will be given are ‘identical’ to naturally occurring hormones such as estrogen and progestin. The most common delivery mechanisms for HRT are:
- A pill
- Pellets (a quick and painless procedure which takes 10-15 minutes)
- Gel, topical cream or patch
- Vaginal cream and/or rings
Where To Get Hormone Replacement Therapy?
We have tremendous expertise in premenopause, menopause, and post-menopausal women’s health. Our team will be happy to discuss the options with you and answer any questions you may have during a free consultation. You should always consult with your doctor before beginning any therapy including HRT.