Hormones play a vital role in all your body’s key functions, so any imbalance can have a considerable impact on your physical and mental health. Ken Wamwiri, MSN, FNP-C, and his team at Evergreen Medical Clinic, in Arlington, Texas, have specialist expertise in identifying hormonal imbalances and correcting them using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). If you’re not feeling yourself, it could be your hormones, so call the clinic to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
Hormone Imbalance Q & A
What are hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers released by the endocrine glands in your body. They convey signals from your brain to your organs, causing physical responses that affect how your body functions.
A familiar example is the adrenaline rush that you get when scared or excited. The feeling of fear triggers your brain into releasing adrenaline from the adrenal glands, so you’re ready to fight or flee if you need to.
Important endocrine glands include the:
Hormones regulate key functions such as growth and development, sex and reproduction, and your metabolism. Hormones are present in both men and women, but generally, women have higher levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, while men have higher levels of testosterone.
What happens when there’s a hormone imbalance?
Hormones work best when produced in the right quantity. If a gland starts producing too much or too little, it can have a significant impact on physical and mental health. Hormone production slows down with age and can be responsible for radical changes and symptoms such as:
- Brain fog
- Mood swings
- Unexplained weight gain
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Loss of interest in sex
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Insomnia or restless sleep
- Headaches and migraine
- Loss of muscle mass
- Muscle weakness
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Lower levels of stamina and endurance
- Lack of energy
Any imbalance can cause symptoms, but they vary depending on which glands are affected and whether hormone levels are too high or too low. Many symptoms of hormone imbalance are easy to mistake for other health issues.
Can hormone imbalance be corrected?
Hormone imbalances can be corrected, and the first step is to identify which hormones are out of balance. Once the team at Evergreen Testosterone Clinic & Primary Care tests your blood and urine for specific hormone levels, they can develop the most appropriate treatment plan.
Mainstream hormone replacement treatments use synthetic hormones, which your body may find harder to assimilate than natural hormones, meaning they could be less effective and can cause side effects.
At Evergreen Medical Clinic, the team uses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which is derived from plant hormones and replicates your body’s natural hormones. There’s a range of hormone replacement therapies available that aim to rebalance your hormones and alleviate symptoms, including creams, injections, and implants.
If you have symptoms that you can’t explain they could be due to hormone imbalance. Call Evergreen Medical Clinic today to arrange a test, or book an appointment online.