Hormone therapy is often enmeshed with hormone replacement therapy for many people. Hormone replacement therapy refers to helping women find hormonal balance during and after menopause. Hormone therapy casts a wider net and addresses any type of hormonal imbalance in men or women. At Los Angeles Integrative Medicine, our hormone therapy doctor specializes in getting at the root cause of your hormone imbalance and finding preventative solutions to stay in balance.
What are the symptoms of hormonal imbalance?
Your hormones are regulated by your endocrine system and the many glands within that system. Hormones affect growth, sleep, metabolism, mood, and much more. A specific amount of hormone secretion will keep a person in balance, whereas too much or too little can have a domino effect with many of the body’s systems. One common example of hormonal imbalance that many people are aware of is hyper- or hypothyroidism. The former is too much activity of the thyroid gland and the latter is too little. These types of imbalances in the endocrine system can result in mild-to-serious medical conditions, many of which go undiagnosed until a patient sees a hormone therapy doctor.
Because there are so many influences that hormones are responsible for, the list of possible symptoms of under- or over-activity is extensive. Here are some of the more common symptoms often reported in patients with a hormone imbalance:
- Fatigue – Feeling tired when you have missed out on sleep or are dealing with physical or mental stress is common. It is when you feel tired for no specific reason that it could be a sign that you need hormone therapy.
- Adult Acne – Breakouts are a common symptom of a hormonal imbalance.
- Night Sweating – When temperature does not justify the level of sweat you experience during the night, it may be due to a problem with your endocrine system.
- Hair Growth – A sudden or rapid increase in body hair in women can be a sign of a hormone imbalance.
- Irregular Menstruation – Absent or irregular menstrual cycles can be related to a variety of factors, several of which involve a disturbance in hormone levels.
- Weight Issues – A sudden, unexplainable loss of weight, difficulty losing weight, or a rapid weight gain can all be signs of a need for hormone therapy.
- Anxiety – Restlessness, anxiety, or nervousness can be the result of an imbalance in the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal hormone axis.
- Insomnia – Feeling the need to be up at night can be a sign of good hormones peaking at the wrong time of day, cortisol is often a common culprit.
Trusted Hormone Therapy
One of the first things a hormone therapy doctor will seek to determine is what level is “normal” for you. There is a range of hormone levels which are considered optimal, yet what falls into the normal range may not be on par with what works best for your body. Additionally, a hormone therapy doctor will guide you through an interview process to get to know all aspects of your health and lifestyle. A hormone imbalance is likely to result in a constellation of symptoms which may include some that you are unaware are attributed to the imbalance.
After testing your hormone levels, looking at your previous medical history, and having an in depth conversation with you about your current health and your goals. That plan may address things like dietary restrictions, stress management, exercise, as well as possible medication to manage your immediate symptoms. He will take a holistic view of your condition and incorporate any and all related systems which are being affected by the imbalance in your endocrine system. Bring your hormone levels into balance while also working on preventative measure you can take to assist your body in remaining in balance.