So You Think You Have a Hormone Imbalance? Common Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

Hormone imbalance is a topic that many do not imagine they would ever have to deal with in their lifetime. The truth is that many will have to deal with this health issue and knowing how to identify it will greatly prevent years of the stress and frustration that it can bring.

Identifying the symptoms of hormone imbalance can help place you on the correct path to improving your health and overall quality of life. Symptoms will vary from individual to individual.

Hormones act as chemical messengers that influence the way that the cells and organs in our bodies function. Hormone levels will not stay constant all your life. Levels fluctuate as you get older and change, but they can severely affect your body when you have a health issue going on or are taking medications, which can affect hormone levels in the body.

A very common symptom of hormone imbalance is irregularity of your period, if you’re a woman. A lack of period each month or an inconsistent cycle is deemed as irregular.

Another common symptom of hormone imbalance is weight gain. Those with a hormone imbalance have a hard time maintaining a healthy weight. A hormone imbalance affects cortisol production, a stress hormone that is responsible for the storing of belly fat.

Low sex drive or libido is another common symptom.

According to the Surrey Park Clinic:

“The pelvic floor tissues are very sensitive to oestrogen and testosterone, and low libido can be very closely related to times of low hormone production such as after childbirth and in the pre and postmenopause.”

Contact us to receive a consultation if you may suspect hormone imbalance.

Topics: Hormones, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, estrogen, Health, women

Why Women Should Take the Natural Route with Hormone Therapy

During the chaos of menopause, it may feel like any relief in hormone fluctuations is a godsend. You may have read about hormone replacement therapy and be ready to jump on the train to a more manageable, day-to-day life. However, not all HRT’s are created equally. There are naturally synthesized and artificially synthesized types of HRT’s. Artificial or conventional hormone replacement therapy has been around for decades, but it was not until recently that this type of treatment had an opponent on the HRT market.

What are the differences?

Natural hormone replacement therapies, or bioidentical hormones, are exact replicas of naturally occurring hormones. These hormones have the exact shape and structure of what your ovaries produce naturally. According to Harvard Medical School, these natural hormones are synthesized from chemical extracts found in yams and soy.

Artificially synthesized hormone replacement, usually come in pill form with a “prem” prefix. The most common form of this HRT is a drug called Premarin. What many women do not know is that this family of drugs are synthesized from pregnant mare’s urine. The estrogen found in a horse’s urine is substantially more potent than of that found naturally occurring in  women. Therefore, it can wreak havoc on a menopausal woman’s body.

 

 

The side effects

According to Body Logic MD,  natural hormone replacement therapy does come with some minor side effects, including:

  • Increased aggressiveness or irritability when beginning the drug.
  • Breast tenderness, spotting and cramping.
  • Itching or redness at injection site.

On the other hand, conventional, artificial HRT’s come with a slew of possible, potentially serious, and even life-threatening side effects. These side effects have been documented by the reputable John R. Lee, M.D.:

  • Blot clots
  • Breast cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Strokes

While bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is relatively new, due to it being identical to naturally occurring hormones, it is definitely a safer option for the menopausal woman.

 

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Weight Gain and Hormone Imbalance

Hormones are our best friends when they are working in our favor. However, when they decrease or go haywire, we need a tool to get them back on track. Or we need to adjust how we live as in a balancing act.

Too much and too little play a role in the delicate balancing act of body fat.

Our bodies send us signals when something isn’t right. We can experience symptoms of hormonal imbalance every day, however, whether we recognize the signs of hormonal imbalance is important. Unfortunately so many of us have been out of balance for so long,  that we recognize what “balance” is anymore.

Hormonal imbalance leads to great difficulty losing weight and actually cause weight gain. It is also a leading cause of  obesity. It’s important to understand that the hormone imbalances cannot be solved by dieting alone. Imbalance can interfere with fat loss, even when great diet and exercise program.

If you have been unable to lose weight, even with diet and exercise, in the past, one or more of the following hormonal imbalances could be the cause as noted in Body Logic, MD

Hypothyroidism

Without enough thyroid hormone, every system in the body slows down.

Insulin Excess

Insulin is an essential to process sugar in the bloodstream and carry it into cells to be used as fuel or stored as fat.

Serotonin Imbalance

Serotonin exerts powerful influence over our moods, memory, emotions, cravings (especially for carbohydrates), body temperature, pain, self-esteem, appetite, tolerance, sleep habits, and digestion.

Too Much Cortisol

Chronic stress causes our bodies release high amounts of the hormone cortisol. Whether it is a mood disorder or anxiety, cortisol will run rampant and cause weight gain.

Imbalances From Inflammation

Digestive disorders, arthritis, asthma, acne, abdominal fat, headaches, eczema and more is now become as causing severe weight gain.

Extra Estrogen

Excess estrogen is a major risk factor for obesity—in both sexes—as poor eating habits and lack of exercise.

Imbalances From Menopause

Menopause is not just about the decline of estrogen. Low levels of  progesterone, testosterone also tend to dry up, and cause weight gain.

Low Testosterone

Testosterone levels drop off with aging, obesity, and stress, but today men are experiencing lose of testosterone earlier in life.

If you have questions about your hormone levels and would like to be tested, call or contact us today.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Corrects Hormones in Men

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Just as in women, men can suffer from symptoms of hormone reduction. Hormones in men diminish in production as a result of aging. This condition, sometimes known as male menopause, affects about five million males.

Male menopause, also know as andropause, can be just as difficult an adjustment in men as menopause is for women. If you think you may be suffering from male menopause, here are some of the common symptoms and how you can find relief.

The Main Male Hormones

There are three primary male hormones that drop. These include:

  • Testosterone—This hormone, which is the most predominant one, comes from the male testis.
  • Androgens—Also called steroid hormones, these hormones also originate from a man’s testis and are responsible for most male traits.
  • Follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH)—Flowing from the pituitary glands, these hormones cause cells to divide, resulting in sperm production.
  • Luteinizing hormone (LH)—This the hormone that comes from the pituitary gland that makes endocrine tissue.

Symptoms of Male Menopause

When a man’s hormone levels are reduced, it can lead to specific problems. While hormone changes in women typically occur abruptly, they usually happens more gradually in men.

Some of the main signs of male menopause include low libido (low sex drive), night sweats, sleep disorders, erectile dysfunction, urinary problems, muscle problems, hair loss and adrenal fatigue. 

When Does Male Menopause Occur?

Of course every man is different, however, for most men testosterone levels are much lower at age 55 than they were at age 40. By the time most men reach their 80th birthday, their hormone levels are often as low as they were just before puberty.

Treating Andropause

Hormone replacement therapy isn’t reserved just for women. Fortunately, male menopause can be corrected thanks to natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

If you suspect your hormones are unbalanced, we have a quick online assessment to help deterine if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a good fit for you. The treatment process begins with an exam so that a specialist can determine the bioidentical hormone(s) that’s best suited for you.

Once your symptoms are relieved, you can start enjoying life more fully again. Don’t hesitate to call Nova Health Therapy. These professionals have helped thousands of people correct hormone imbalances. Please contact us so that you can start feeling younger again.

Riding an Emotional Rollercoaster? See How Hormones Affect Your Mood

It is a fact of life that women cope with fluctuating hormones throughout their lifetime. First comes puberty – that time when hormonal changes cause you to feel anxious and moody. Monthly menstrual cycles that leave women feeling physically and emotionally exhausted come next. Add on a pregnancy here or there and then you have found yourself dealing with menopause later in life. The cycle is unending, which is why the more you know about your hormone levels, the better you are able to anticipate changes in mood and heightened emotions.

No one knows for sure why you feel moody when your hormone levels are changing, but some researchers attribute the emotional rollercoaster to certain hormone metabolites in the brain that causes your mood to change. Every woman’s body reacts differently to fluctuations which is why you may become more moody right before your menstrual cycle, but a friend may not. Some women metabolize hormones differently than you do.

Yes, outside factors do also affect your mood, such as social interactions, diet, exercise, stress and daily responsibilities. And, the way you react, communicate with others and express your thoughts and feelings are also attributed to how you feel physically. But, your hormone levels take a toll on your emotional and physical well-being.

While it is impossible to change your physiology, you can form positive lifestyle habits to change your life when your hormones are off-balance.

Nova Health is here to help you navigate these hormonal changes. Take our free hormone assessment test and contact us to discuss how natural hormone replacement therapy can change your life.

Hormone Imbalances in Men: Can Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Help?

While many people associate hormone imbalances with a problem only women face, that’s simply not the case. In fact, hormones in men often become imbalanced with age. Men’s testosterone levels begin to steadily decline around age 30. Testosterone– a hormone produced by the testicles– is responsible for many vital functions in the

male body, from various sexual functions to muscular development. Unfortunately, declining levels of testosterone often result in a hormonal imbalance for men which can negatively impact their day-to-day lives. Symptoms of male hormonal imbalance include: hot flashes, night sweats, low libido, sexual dysfunction, low energy, mood swings, and many more. Thankfully, there are options available for men suffering from hormonal imbalance. One option, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy using pellets, uses a small pellet comprised of customized levels of bio-identical hormones. The pellet, which is inserted every three to six months, is placed just under the skin near the top of the buttocks. Below we will discuss the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement using pellets.
Better sleep

Many men who suffer from hormonal imbalance have difficulty sleeping at night. This is due to a number of factors, from night sweats to insomnia. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help men sleep more soundly.

Reduced vasomotor symptoms 

Hot flashes and night sweats are uncomfortable symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy improves vasomotor symptoms, resulting in an increased comfort level.

Sense of well-being

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can also improve overall mood and depressive symptoms, resulting in less stress and a renewed sense of well-being.

Improved sexual function

Low libido and other forms of sexual dysfunction are often notably improved with hormone replacement therapy.

More energy

Men suffering from hormonal imbalance tend to have less energy and greater fatigue than their counterparts. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help restore energy levels.

Sharper mind

Many people who suffer from hormonal imbalance report having issues with their memories and often describe their thoughts as foggy or impaired. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help sharpen the mind and improve the memory.

Increased muscle mass

Declining testosterone levels lead to a reduction in muscle mass– and subsequently strength– for men. With bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, men can increase their lean muscle mass and gain back their strength.

Better quality of life

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy often leads to a better quality of life for men, who feel stronger, less stressed, and more energetic than they have in years.

Contact us today to determine if bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is right for you!

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy: A Natural Treatment for Hormonal Imbalance

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As men and women age, they may wonder if pursuing hormone replacement therapy is an option. The average life expectancy has increased over the last century, forcing our bodies to produce hormones for much longer than previous generations. This results in hormone imbalances for many men and women.

 Hormonal Imbalance in Women

If you are experiencing chronic insomnia, low libido,  vaginal dryness, weight gain, depression, hot flashes,  and fatigue, it is likely that you are suffering from a  hormonal imbalance. These symptoms begin to appear  when estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone  production slow down– often in perimenopause or menopause. Hormonal imbalances do not just cause uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms; they are often the root of other chronic health problems as well.

Hormonal Imbalance in Men

Many mistake hormonal imbalances as an issue only affecting women, but this is false. Andropause, the male version of menopause, results in similar symptoms women experience with menopause– fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, hot flashes, and sleep disturbances. Andropause can also cause unique symptoms for men, such as erectile dysfunction and urinary problems.

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy replenishes the hormones that are essential for the well-being of both men and women. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones from naturally occurring sources, such as soy, to replicate the hormones in our bodies. Bioidentical hormones are designed to fit your unique needs, unlike synthetic hormones. This is an important advantage to using bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are also easier to metabolize, as they are derived from natural sources.

What is pellet therapy?

Pellet therapy is a method of delivery for BHRT. A small pellet– the size of a grain of rice– is inserted just under the skin, often around the upper part of the buttocks. This pellet is made from customized levels of bioidentical hormones and should be inserted every three to six months.

Contact Nova Health Therapy today and learn more about how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can improve your quality of life sooner rather than later.

Lack of Sex Drive is No Reason For Men to Be Embarrased

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Sex, it’s everywhere. It’s on your tv, it’s in the books you read, and it’s all over the internet. Everyone is talking about it and it seems like everyone is having it. Everyone, except you that is. As a male, a lack of sex drive can be embarrassing. You tell yourself it’s just a dry spell. Your boss has been on your case, finances are difficult, the kids are driving you crazy, and life is stressful. Sure, life is crazy right now, but it always has been. The truth is sex doesn’t even enter into the equation anymore. It’s bothered you now and then, but you’re a guy. You can’t admit to your lack of sex drive.

You can learn to live without sex. After all, it’s not an essential life function, but why should you? Sex can bring pleasure to you and your partner. It makes you feel closer and more connected to your spouse. If you’re suffering from a lack of sex drive, it’s worth discussing with your doctor.

The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to help rekindle your sex drive. For men, one of the largest factors in a lack of sex drive is aging. As men age, their testosterone level drops. This drop is sometimes referred to as andropause. Andropause is a hormone imbalance due to the lack of the male hormone, testosterone. At age 55, testosterone secreted by the testis is dramatically lower than at age 40. By 80, the testosterone levels can decrease to the level of a prepubescent male.

Research has shown that men with higher amounts of testosterone in their blood have a higher sex drive. Thankfully, natural hormone replacement therapy can help restore your testosterone levels to their prime. Time released pellets are used to increase your testosterone levels and maintain them over time. Ongoing monitoring allows your testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen levels to be delicately balanced to achieve the optimum hormone ratio for your body.

Natural hormone replacement therapy can help restore your sex drive. A simple and discreet conversation can begin your journey to rediscovering your sex life. You are not alone, over 36% of all people experience a lack of sex drive in their lifetime. There is help available with the professionals at Nova Health Therapy in Cincinnati and Louisville.

Understanding the Six Primary Hormones in Women

Hot flashes, low libido, weight gain, and mood swings are all common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, but they could also indicate a general hormonal imbalance. As women age, their bodies naturally slow down the production of certain hormones. This causes an imbalance that can lead to the above symptoms as well as dozens of other ones. Understanding hormones in women is essential so you can start to feel better.

Beyond Estrogen: Hormones That Make a Woman Tick

Most women are aware of estrogen, the primary hormone in the female body. Common symptoms of low estrogen include breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, lack of desire for sex, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, and decreased bone density. The following hormones are also essential for long-term good health:

  • Progesterone: Balanced levels of progesterone are necessary to prevent symptoms associated with estrogen dominance. In addition to age-related hormone decline, stress, poor nutrition, insulin resistance, and a sedentary lifestyle can cause low levels of progesterone. Typical symptoms of unbalance include anxiety, depression, weight gain, and sleep disturbances.
  • Pregnenolone: This hormone controls the function of several others, most notably estrogen and progesterone. You will notice a marked drop in energy when pregnenolone declines since it produces up to 60 percent of the body’s energy.
  • Cortisol: Both men and women possess cortisol, which is also known as the stress hormone. That is because cortisol produces chemicals in your body that help you respond appropriately to stress. Fatigue, lack of focus, and mood disturbances are common with cortisol imbalances.
  • Testosterone: While this is the primary hormone of men, women also have it in smaller amounts. Testosterone in women is necessary for muscle definition, energy, bone strength, and experiencing pleasure from sex.
  • Thyroid: People can experience either too little of this hormone (hypothyroidism) or too much (hyperthyroidism), although the first type is more common. Hot flashes, cold sensations, weight gain, and dozens of other symptoms can be traced to thyroid deficiencies.

Now that you have a better understanding of the role of women’s hormones, we at Nova Health Therapy would be happy to discuss your treatment options in more detail.

Bio identical hormone therapy: Is it right for you?

Much ado has been made about the benefits of bio identical hormone therapy, but you may be wondering if it’s a good idea to get this therapy, or if this type of therapy are nothing but hormone disrupters. In this blog, we will discuss what bio-identical hormone therapy is, its impact on your health and well-being, and we will illustrate its benefits so you can determine if it’s right for you.

The term “bio-identical hormone therapy” was first coined in 2002 as a marketing term, and it referred to custom-compounded hormones. The reason many people began to take an interest in bio-identical hormone therapy is because of a study released by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) that proved that women who were undergoing traditional hormone therapy were more susceptible to certain forms of cancer (such as breast cancer) than those who avoided hormone therapy.

There is, of course, some controversy regarding bio-identical hormone therapy: while the individual ingredients are FDA approved, the actual “prescription” (that is to say, the combination of ingredients) is not. However, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), bio-identical hormones can be considered as safe as FDA approved non-bio-identical hormones. The North American Menopause Society recommends bio-identical hormone therapy to women who cannot tolerate the synthetic form of the drugs.

Finally, bear in mind that some insurance plans may not cover hormone therapy, and this is true regardless of whether the hormone therapy involves bio-identical hormones.

Remember: if you have any questions about the benefits of bio-identical hormone therapy, consult with your medical provider.

 

Topics: Hormones, Natural hormone therapy, hormone imbalance, Health