They may only be present in small quantities and make up a tiny part of your body’s complex communication systems, but hormones have exceptionally potent effects. The team at Horizons Health & Wellness in Bridgewater and Brockton, Massachusetts, specializes in hormone balancing to restore the optimal levels of hormones to your body. Hormone levels that are too high or too low can have dramatic negative effects, but hormone therapy can correct the imbalances. Call to book an appointment today.
What are hormones?
Hormones come from various glands and carry chemical messages from your brain to your organs. Hormones regulate critical bodily functions like metabolism, growth regulation, sex characteristics, and reproduction.
As long as the hormones in your body are present in the optimal amount, all these systems work as they should. If there’s too much or too little of a specific hormone, there can be a substantial impact on your physical and mental health.
What is hormone balancing?
Hormone balancing means restoring your hormones to their optimal levels. Horizons Health & Wellness specializes in using hormone therapy and other approaches to rebalance your hormones.
Hormone therapy involves taking oral or topical medications, or having a long-lasting implant that gradually releases carefully measured quantities of the appropriate hormone into your body. You can opt to have traditional synthetic hormone therapy or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). There are many factors to consider when deciding which approach is best for you, and the medical team at Horizons Health and Wellness can help guide you with your decision-making.
What causes hormone imbalances?
There are many reasons why you might have a hormone imbalance, including:
- Being overweight or obese
- Poor diet
- Autoimmune conditions
- Taking birth control pills
- Benign and cancerous tumors
- Inherited diseases
- Exposure to toxins
Hormone imbalances often cause symptoms that you may mistake for other conditions or that you might think are an inevitable consequence of aging.
What symptoms indicate I need hormone balancing?
Symptoms of hormone imbalances vary greatly, depending on which hormones are involved and whether your levels are too high or too low.
Perimenopause, for instance, begins when a woman’s levels of estrogen and progesterone fall in her mid to late 40s. Perimenopause causes symptoms such as mood swings, acne, irregular periods, low libido, painful sex due to vaginal atrophy, and hot flashes. A common hormone imbalance in men is low testosterone, which can cause loss of muscle mass, poor energy, and sexual health problems.
A condition like hypothyroidism, which develops when your body doesn’t have enough thyroid hormone, can cause weight gain, chronic fatigue, hair loss, and depression. In contrast, too much thyroid hormone causes hyperthyroidism, which can cause palpitations, weight loss, and hyperactivity.
To find out more about hormone balancing, call Horizons Health & Wellness to book an appointment today.