When posed with the question of what hormones are, many would immediately come up with testosterone and estrogen, the sex hormones that take control of the reproductive system. On the contrary, these are just a fraction of the entire spectrum of hormones that exist and play a vital role in our body.
Speaking from the physiological perspective, scores of hormones are produced and transported via the bloodstream each second. When one feels tired, hungry, moody, hot, cold or even sexually excited, it is these hormones that dictate and control those feelings.
When there is balance in your body chemistry, your everyday physical and emotional health are dictated by these hormones which are present in only tiny amounts but are potent enough to act on every cell in your body.
Under ideal circumstances, an adequate and ‘balanced’ supply of hormones performs the task of governing growth, development, mental and physical functions throughout one’s life.
Emotional and physical stress, along with the effects of aging, usually give rise to a disruption of hormone production, balance and functions. Simply put, hormonal signals just do not reach the right spots at the right time. Cell functions may even tend to shut down completely. Conversely, cells may even be over stimulated. In severe cases, this hormonal imbalance has been known to lead to chronic disorders or diseases.
Once hormonal imbalance takes effect, a wide range of annoying symptoms will surface which can affect one’s health and quality of life.
Hormonal imbalance affects and impacts both men and women alike, although more is shouldered by the latter. The most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance are:
Problems with persistent acne
Any breakout of acne in persistent manner can be a sign of hormonal imbalance. This may be due to an increase in testosterone that can cause clogging of pores.
Problems with sleep
Sleep disorders in persistent manner can be caused by an unnatural drop in progesterone levels.
Lapse of memory
Have you ever found yourself having trouble remembering where you put your keys or your wallet? If you have, this could be caused by a hormonal imbalance. Studies have shown that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body can impede memory and learning.
Ghrelin and leptin hormones, to name just a few, can force you to have continual craving for food. This typically occurs to people who are chronically sleep-deprived.
It only takes a few hormone imbalances to cause digestive issues.
When the thyroid does not produce enough hormones, this can lead to exhaustion and fatigue on a daily basis. Thyroid hormone controls many bodily functions including digestion, heart rate and mental function. Constant fatigue is experienced when the body’s metabolism isn’t functioning properly.
Gain in weight
One may be quick to point to aging for the gain in weight but actually, in many cases, it is due to hormone imbalances. When there is a decline in hormone production from the thyroid, metabolism inevitably slows and the body thus gains weight.
Depression and mood swings
Menopause disrupts the normal levels of hormones which typically drive women into mood swings, depression and anxiety. Mood changes can also be triggered by stress or even by a decline in production of the brain chemical, serotonin. There are many resources online that provides detailed information on mood changes and hormonal imbalances but this should not be a subsitute for professional, medical advice. For this, please call 813-990-7443 and Dr. Connine will be happy to help.
Headaches and migraines
The menstrual cycle or menopause can give rise to hormonal imbalances which can trigger headaches and migraines. Cortisol increase due to chronic stress can also be a cause for headaches.
Dryness of the vagina
A reduction in the normal levels of estrogen can cause changes to the walls of the vagina, causing dryness. This can make intercourse uncomfortable and even painful.
Loss of libido
Many women and men experience a low sex drive due to decreased levels of estrogen and testosterone respectively.
Changes affecting the breast
Changes to the breast tissue such as the growth of fibroids, lumps and cysts, can be caused by high levels of estrogen in women. They can also cause the breasts to feel tender and sore.
TREATMENT FOR HORMONAL IMBALANCE SYMPTOMS - GOOD NEWS!
Should you detect or feel you have one or more of the above-mentioned hormonal imbalance symptoms, there is good news! Proper treatment is quickly available whereby hormones can be brought back into balance in most cases, thus addressing such hormonal imbalance symptoms.
As these symptoms are the result of hormonal imbalances, hormone replacement therapy is widely known to bring body chemistry back into balance which can offer relief.
TAMPA BAY’S HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY SPECIALIST
Tampa Bay’s hormone doctor, Dr. Connine, is a renowned specialist in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Restoration Physicians was founded by Dr. Connine to educate women and men alike about their hormonal health and other proven medical knowledge regarding their optimal wellness.
To learn more about Dr. Connine and Restoration Physicians please call us at 813-990-7443 to schedule an appointment.