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

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!

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

3 Things to know about Hormone Replacement Therapy

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With age come many benefits: respect, self-confidence, wisdom, etc. However, the older we get the harder it is to accept certain things that change in our bodies. Or sometimes, we accept what’s going on with our body and attribute it to age. This last one doesn’t have to be the case. Hormone Replacement Therapy is to help ease the process of aging without having to give up things that make us human like our sex drive, energy, strength, and endurance. Here are three things to know about hormone replacement therapy that might help you get your life back.

1. The best method of hormone replacement therapy is natural/bioidentical.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy allows your body to think it’s producing the necessary hormones to improve your daily routines without shocking your body. Synthetic therapy can be corrosive to your system and cause larger, greater problems later on in life.

2. Pellet Therapy is the simplest form of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

An identical representation of your hormones, “matched molecule by molecule” derived by plant-based extracts to ensure that you receive the most natural hormone replacement to make aging seamless. Your doctor will then take these pellets (smaller than a pill) and place it under your skin, typically it’s placed just above the buttocks.

3. Hormone Replacement Therapy should not be taken lightly.

As with any form of procedure, therapy, medication, etc. there needs to be a pros and cons list. It’s always best to speak to your General Practitioner about the risks and benefits and to see if you’re a good fit.

For more information please contact us and take our free hormone imbalance test to see if you’d be a good fit for Hormone Replacement Therapy.

What if Your Lack of Sex Drive isn’t a Normal Part of Aging?

As we age, there are certain changes that we all put up with.  No one likes the idea of getting older, but we also know that we can’t expect to be quite as energetic, youthful looking or strong in our old age as we were in our twenties.  While, certain aspects of aging should be accepted with grace, you may be excusing certain diminishments in your quality of life as “normal” parts of the aging process, when actually they are anything but.

For instance, how is your romantic life?  Have you noticed a dwindling interest in sexual activity? Perhaps you’ve just been telling yourself that this part of getting older and that there’s nothing you can do about it. IF so, you should know that lack of sex drive can actually be an indicator that you have a hormone imbalance.

You don’t have to give up on your love life, instead you can simply have your hormones tested.  If a hormone imbalance is detected it can be treated very effectively with bioidentical-hormone replacement.  You don’t need to take artificial hormones, you can replace the hormones that you are in need of, and get back to feeling more like yourself.

Before you chalk up your fatigue and diminished sex drive to your age, come in and see if it is something we can help you with. We love improving the quality of lives of our patients. Nothing gives us more satisfaction than teaching someone how important it is to have balanced hormones.

Conquering insomnia by paying attention to diet

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One often overlooked approach to conquering insomnia is to pay more attention to the specific foods we ingest, especially right before bedtime. There is strong evidence suggesting that diet has a huge impact on our ability to fall and stay asleep.

According to the president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Nathaniel Watson, the impact of diet on sleep quality is significant. Dr. Watson is quoted in the Huffington Post as saying “… diet and sleep are interwoven in the fabric of a healthy lifestyle.”

Dr. Watson, confirming results of a small study conducted by Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition author Marie-Pierre St-Onge emphasized that for a good night’s sleep, it is important to eat a nutritious diet and get enough exercise.

This might not be so surprising to many people, especially insomniacs, as it is common knowledge by now that drinking caffeinated beverages and eating a lot of sugar do impact the quality of sleep.

However, the study indicated that there are some other foods that also impact the quality of sleep; foods high in fat, low in fiber and high in sugar have the potential to interrupt deep sleep, causing wakefulness during the night. Eliminating or even just reducing these foods in the diet, especially immediately before bed time, and conversely, eating foods low in fat, high in fiber and low in sugar, can actually improve sleep patterns, helping to get a good night’s sleep. Foods such as beans and other legumes, whole grains such as brown rice, fruits, leafy green vegetables (such as kale and spinach), and some nuts and seeds (such as almonds, and flaxseed, which must be ground to be well digested) are high in fiber and mostly low in fat. Low fiber, high fat foods include most meats (even lean meats have less fiber than beans and vegetables), cheeses, butter-filled desserts and most processed foods.

Foods high in processed sugar, such as candy bars, cakes and cookies, can negatively impact sleep, especially if eaten too close to bedtime. These foods offer no nourishment and can even deplete the body of minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. When the body is depleted, sleep quality can be effected.

There is also some evidence, according to the article “Hibernation Diet Links Sleep and Obesity”, however, that honey, a natural sweetener, can actually aid in getting a good night’s sleep by keeping the liver and brain well nourished and reducing stress levels. Sleep quality is improved by reducing stress. Many insomniacs have experienced the opposite, when high stress causes poor sleep. When sleep is not restorative, the following day can be even more stressful, causing us to perhaps eat more comfort foods (which are often high in fat, low in fiber), and continuing the cycle of poor sleep-poor diet-poor sleep, etc.

While the Onge study was very small, only 26 people spending five nights in a controlled environment, the results are significant. If only a few days of eating certain foods can influence sleep patterns so significantly, there is evidence that changing diets to include sleep-healthy foods could improve not only sleep, but the quality of life as well!

Contact us for more information on insomnia and other health tips .

Recognizing Symptoms of Female Hormone Imbalance

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When one or more of your hormones aren’t working correctly, you can feel out of sync, which can cause both physical and emotional discomfort. If you think you have this problem, you need to recognize the symptoms of hormone imbalance so that you can be treated and find relief. Here are some common signs.

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes, which are one of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance, is also a sign of menopause.  They’re characterized by a sudden feeling of intense facial and upper body heat.  While some last only a few seconds, others can continue for almost an hour. Heart rate acceleration, perspiring, anxiety, headache, weakness and dizziness usually accompany hot flashes.

Just as other menopausal symptoms, hot flashes are the result of hormonal imbalance, which is typically low estrogen, which affects the hypothalamus part of your brain. It’s the hypothalamus that controls sleep, sex hormones, appetite and body temperature. When estrogen levels go down, the hypothalamus is confused, thinking your body is too hot, so it creates a hot flash to try to get rid of the excess heat that actually doesn’t exist at all.

Insomnia

Estrogen is a hormone that helps you sleep. Therefore, when you have less of it, you don’t sleep well.

Besides estrogen, testosterone is also a sleep hormone. Surprisingly, testosterone deficiency can also be a problem for females. Women with less testosterone can be more prone to snore and suffer from sleep apnea, which entails a repetitive breathing disruption during sleep. What’s more, insomnia can lead to fatigue, which is another common sign of a hormonal imbalance.

Vaginal Dryness

Besides being uncomfortable, vaginal dryness is also frustrating and can make sexual intercourse painful. As a result, women lose their libido or desire for sex, which is another symptom of hormone imbalance. Roughly 40 to 60 percent of American women suffer from vaginal dryness.

The specific hormones responsible for vaginal dryness are estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. When your estrogen levels are low, but your progesterone levels are high, your vaginal wall can become thin and dry. A reduction in testosterone levels can compromise the vagina’s muscle tone, as well as reduce sexual sensitivity.

Emotional Symptoms

  • Depression—The hormonal imbalance linked with menopause and perimenopause can make your body not manage stress well. It can also interfere with experiencing  positive feelings.  As a result of being depressed, you can feel stressed, which is also a sign of hormone imbalance.
  • Mood swings—This refers to moods that abruptly change from happiness or sadness. It’s commonly associated with hormone imbalance and menopause.

If you’re suffering from these hormone imbalance symptoms, you need to be tested to learn your hormone levels. Nova Health is a trusted natural hormone replacement therapy that has helped countless people be relieved of hormone imbalance symptoms. Please contact us.