As you enter different stages of your life, your body goes through natural changes. Particularly as you get older, you may notice your body can’t keep up with you the way it used to.
Although decreases in metabolism, energy, and libido are all common signs of aging, that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. For many people, these symptoms can all be attributed to a single root cause: a hormonal imbalance.
Why Are Hormones Important?
Hormones play a crucial role in helping your body perform its natural functions. Your endocrine system, a complex network of glands and organs, uses hormones to carry chemical messages between different parts of your body. This includes telling your organs, tissues, and muscles what to do and when to do it.
Your hormones help regulate everything from your energy levels to your metabolism to your reproductive systems. Without your hormones, your organs would not be able to perform the essential functions needed for healthy growth and development.
Although your body normally does a pretty good job regulating itself, certain stages of your life can cause drastic changes in your hormones.
What Is a Hormonal Imbalance?
A hormonal imbalance occurs when you have too much or not enough of a certain hormone. This change throws your body off balance and makes normal functions more difficult for your body to perform, leading to unwanted changes in your health and daily life.
Many different factors can cause a hormonal imbalance, including:
- Chronic pain, stress, and insomnia
- Extreme fluctuations in diet
- Medical conditions such as infections, diabetes, or thyroid disorders
Although any one of these issues may be contributing to a hormonal imbalance, one of the most common causes is age. As you get older, your body naturally stops producing certain hormones, resulting in various symptoms that can range from uncomfortable to severe.
Addressing the root cause of these issues can help you reduce your symptoms and make them more manageable.
What Are Symptoms of a Hormonal Imbalance?
A hormonal imbalance can cause a variety of symptoms. Your particular symptoms will depend on what is causing your imbalance and what type of hormones your body is over- or under-producing. For example, too much estrogen can cause anxiety, while too little testosterone can lower your sex drive.
Both women and men can be afflicted with symptoms related to changes in their hormones. Some common symptoms that may indicate a hormonal imbalance include:
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Chronic fatigue
- Slow metabolism
- Low sex drive
- Increased anxiety
- Brain fog
- Trouble concentrating
- Frequent mood swings
- Lack of motivation and energy
- Stiff, achy joints
- Hair loss
When you first start experiencing these symptoms, you may feel like they’re just part of the aging process. However, when prolonged, these symptoms can have long-term negative consequences for your health and well-being.
At Cell Theory, we believe that maintaining your health and quality of life is of the utmost importance. If your symptoms are being caused by a hormonal imbalance, hormone therapy can help.
What Is Hormone Therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy replaces missing hormones to rebalance your body and improve your symptoms. Our hormone therapy specifically targets the sex hormones: testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.
While you may think of estrogen and progesterone as typically female hormones and testosterone as male, all three of these sex hormones play a large part in the health and wellness of all people regardless of gender.
However, we know that these particular hormones serve different functions and can cause different issues depending on a person’s sex, which is why we provide specialized hormone therapy for women and men. Our hormone therapy addresses a variety of issues, including both general and sexual health and well-being.
Hormone Therapy for Women
Hormone therapy for women is most commonly turned to by women who are going through menopause. When women reach a certain age, they experience a decrease in their primary sex hormones — estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
These changes can bring about a variety of issues and symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, irritability, and decreased sex drive. Rebalancing your hormones can reduce these symptoms and help you feel in control of your body again.
Hormone Therapy for Men
Hormone therapy for men addresses the less talked about period of testosterone drop-off known as andropause.
As men get older, their testosterone levels drop, which causes issues similar to menopause in women. Although the effects of andropause are not as strong as those of menopause, changes in testosterone levels can cause significant symptoms and decrease your quality of life.
How Is a Hormonal Imbalance Diagnosed?
In order to determine whether your symptoms are related to a hormonal imbalance, we will perform a comprehensive series of diagnostic tests.
This will include reviewing your medical history and symptoms and administering a blood test to determine whether you are a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy. If you are, we will then schedule and review the treatment with you before moving forward.
Learn More About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Today
If you think your symptoms may be the result of a hormonal imbalance, schedule an appointment at Cell Theory: Institute of Cellular & Aesthetic Medicine in Miami, FL. Our team provides specialized hormone therapy for men and women who are experiencing changes in their hormones at every stage of life.
We use our hormone therapy to help patients improve their quality of life and get back to enjoying what matters most. To learn more about our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call today to schedule your consultation.