Solutions For Hormonal Issues
Most of us know our brain is the command centre of our bodies. But on a ship, it’s not the command centre that does the dirty work. Your brain issues orders to the rest of your body, but then what?
A number of your body’s processes are controlled by hormones. Your brain will send a signal to the glands in your endocrine system, which then secrete the hormones you need to accomplish your brain’s orders.
Your body’s hormonal balance is delicate. Even tiny changes can have a significant effect on many of your body’s processes.
Through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and dietary and/or lifestyle changes, Dr. Simona can help you bring your hormones back into balance.
Do You Have A Hormone Imbalance?
Your hormones play a significant role in many different processes in your body.
It was hormones that brought you from childhood to maturity, at least physically speaking, by creating the changes that happen as a result of puberty.
It’s hormones that control your metabolism.
It’s hormones that keep your sexual organs functioning normally.
Every single cell in your body has hormone receptors in them.
So as a result, a hormone imbalance can cause a wide variety of different symptoms.
General Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance
Some of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalances can affect both men and women. These may include:
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Dry skin
- Puffy skin (especially in the face)
- Chronic fatigue
- Sensitivity to temperature extremes
- Frequent urination
- Irregularities in your heartbeat
- Physical weakness
- Aches, stiffness, or swelling in your muscles or joints
- Voracious thirst or appetite
- Fine, brittle, or thinning hair
- Decreased libido
- Reproductive issues
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Irritability or moodiness
- Vision problems
Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance In Women
Men and women are operating on different sets of hormones. While both have testosterone and estrogen in their symptoms, men in general have higher levels of the former, and women, the latter. As a result, hormonal imbalances can manifest themselves differently.
In women, the most common symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Excessive hair growth
- Hair loss
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Weight gain, or difficulty losing weight
- Skin tags
- Night sweats
- Vaginal atrophy or dryness
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Dark spots on the skin, especially around the neck, groin, or breasts
Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance In Men
Testosterone, the male sex hormone, plays an important role in regulating men’s bodies. An imbalance here may result in:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Development of female secondary sex characteristics, including breast tissue
- Decrease in male secondary sex characteristics, including facial hair growth
- Tenderness around the chest
- Decreased muscle or bone mass
- Decreased libido
- “Brain fog”, or difficulty focusing
Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance In Children
Regardless of their gender, children have lower levels of both testosterone and estrogen than their adult counterparts. As a result, they too face unique health challenges associated with hormonal imbalance.
These imbalances often become most obvious during puberty and affect their sexual development.
Pubescent boys with a hormonal imbalance may have:
- An impaired growth of penis and testes
- A voice that doesn’t deepen
- A lack of body hair growth
- A lack of muscle mass
- The development of female secondary sex characteristics, including breast tissue growth
And in pubescent girls, a hormonal imbalance may lead to:
- A delayed or non-existent period
- A lack of breast development
Causes OfHormonal Imbalance
As you can see above, there are a wide range of different symptoms related to a hormonal imbalance. As a result, hormone imbalances may sometimes go misdiagnosed or ignored altogether, but they can have a significant impact on your health.
There are a number of different causes of hormone imbalance, including:
- Thyroid disorders
- Cushing syndrome
- Transgender hormone replacement therapy
- Certain types of cancer
- Certain cancer treatments
- Tumours (both cancerous and benign)
- Certain medications
- Chronic stress
- Adrenal gland issues
However, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been shown to help restore hormone balance.
What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a naturopathic treatment for hormone imbalances.
It involves the use of hormones derived from plant-based sources, rather than produced synthetically like other forms of hormone therapy.
These plant-derived hormones are chemically identical to the ones your body produces. This can help you deal with the root cause of your symptoms and bring your hormones back into balance.
While frequently used for menopausal women, BHRT can be used to treat people of any gender and age with a hormonal imbalance.
Contact Dr. Simona
Are you dealing with one or more of the above symptoms? If so, you may have a hormonal imbalance.
Contact Dr. Simona to book an appointment today.
If you’re not sure whether BHRT is right for you, you can always book a FREE 15-minute appointment with Dr. Simona. During this appointment, you’ll get all your questions about BHRT, naturopathic medicine, and Dr. Simona’s approach answered, ad walk away with an understanding of how Dr. Simona can help you with your unique health needs.
If you have a hormonal imbalance, it can make life frustrating, but there are treatments available. Contact Dr. Simona to book an appointment today.